INTERESTED IN HANDLING YOUR OWN DOG IN CONFORMATION?
Conformation Handling Classes are offered at two locations: Bark Avenue in Mesa, AZ; and, Shopper's Supply in Chandler. AZ.
Bark Avenue (located on south side of McKellips, east of Lindsay in Mesa) is an outdoor venue on grass. These classes are taught as scheduled on most Saturdays in September through May.
Shopper's Supply, 2880 S. Alma School Road (northwest corner of Alma School and Queen Creek), Chandler, AZ is held in a climate controlled warehouse area on matted concrete. These classes are currently held as scheduled and confirmed on Sundays in September through May. At Shopper's, students park in the front parking lot of the store and gain access to the class area by going through the store to the back of the building. The door to the class area is in the middle of the back wall. Dogs should NOT be left in vehicles in the parking lot. Note that due to warehouse availability, we must wait until two days before a proposed class date before we can confirm that there will be ample space available to hold class indoors. Check the website or contact us for details if you have questions about a date.
Cost: $10 per handler
Information pertinent to both venues.
Please keep all dogs on leash. If you are bringing gear such as crates and chairs, it would be advisable to bring it in on a cart (great practice for a dog show). There are no chairs for public seating in the class area so if you think you'll need a chair, please bring one. Also be sure to bring drinking water for you and your dog.
Bark Avenue and Shopper's carry pet supplies and dog food. Classes are held during regular business hours and we encourage our students and dog fanciers to shop and support these businesses.
Handling Classes are a structured practice session to train handlers and their dogs for conformation competition. It is serious training about how to professionally present your dog and have fun doing it.
All Breed classes are open to dogs of all sizes and breeds.
DROP-IN ALL BREED HANDLING CLASS
Bark Avenue Pet Supply - outdoors on grass -- SATURDAYS AS SCHEDULED
3109 E McKellips Rd #104, Mesa, AZ 85213.
OCTOBER 4, 11, 18; 10:00 a.m. All Breeds (class dates confirmed and will be held as scheduled)
NOVEMBE 1, 22; 10:00 a.m. All Breeds (class dates confirmed and will be held as scheduled)
DECEMBER 6, 13, 20; 10:00 a.m. All Breeds (class dates confirmed and will be held as scheduled)
Bark Avenue Pet Supply is on the south side of McKellips, east of Lindsay and west of Val Vista. Once in the parking lot, go around the south side of the building. Approach the gate slowly and it will open. Parking is along the right side of the road and around in the back. Be sure to park only in designated areas and keep all fire lanes (curbs are painted red where there is a fire lane) clear. This is a bring-your-own-chair venue if you will need a place to rest during class. Please bring ample water for yourself and your dog. The area where class is held is fenced but gates are not always closed.
Shopper's Supply - climate controlled, indoors on matted concrete -- SUNDAYS WHEN DATES ARE CONFIRMED
2880 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85286
We've just found out that during the busy retail season, Shopper's Warehouse (where we hold classes) may be fully stocked. This means there would be no open space available that would provide a safe environment for holding classes. Due to this situation, we must contact Shoppers two days prior to a possible class date to find out if we can hold classes. Please feel free to contact us at 602-320-2437 to check on classes or refer to this website page. IF class can be held, this statement will appear after the date: class date confirmed and will be held as scheduled. Note that for Bark Avenue classes, once class dates are published, class will be held.
Class date CONFIRMED and will be held as scheduled on OCTOBER 19 at Shoppers.
October 5, 12, 19, 10:00 a.m. All Breeds
NOVEMBER 2, 23; 10:00 a.m. All Breeds
DECEMBER 7, 14, 21; 10:00 a.m. All Breeds
Classes are held by appointment on Sundays, 9:00 a.m.
Fee: $20 per meeting for 50 minute class.
Participants in Handling Classes and events held by RUYA LLC are required to sign a Participation Agreement in order to take part in the class or activity. Children and youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied to class by a parent, guardian or an agent designated by the parent/guardian.
A copy of policies is avaialbe on request at any class. Each participant is required to sign the Participation Agreement in order to participate in an activitiy held by RUYA LLC.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Phyl Scalf and Robert Churchey started in the world of purebred dogs as owner handlers. While balancing their family responsibilities and careers, they were active in all breed and specialty clubs. In 1999, they began to handle professionally and in 2007, starting offering their own Handling Classes in partnership with The Pudgy Pup. Each had taught classes for a local kennel club so offering their own classes was a natural progression.
Serious about the art of dog handling. TM