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Phyl Scalf and Robert Churchey will periodically host special training events. Notifications will be on this website. 

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NOTE REGARDING JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP and All-BREED CONFORMATION EXHIBITION.   Robert is a permit status AKC judge in  All-Breed Junior Showmanship, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Tibetan Spaniels and Phyl is an approved AKC All-Breed Junior Showmanship judge. Certain restrictions apply to those of their students who exhibit in Junior Showmanship or show to Robert in breed competitions or NOHS.  AKC Rules state: "No entry shall be made at any conformation show under a judge of any dog or owner for which said judge has provided handling and presentation instructions in either conformation or obedience training classes. This restriction will apply within one year prior to the date of the show." (Rules, Policies and Guidelines for AKC Conformation Dog Show Judges, "Conflict of Interest," Section P, page 4.)   These restrictions do not apply to those children (age 5- to 9-years-old)  participating in Pee Wee Special Attractions.   If you have questions regarding this, please contact us via the "Contact Us" icon or call 602-320-2437 or contact AKC Judges Operations through  

Policies related to classes 

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 in class by a parent, guardian or an agent designated by the parent/guardian.

  • RUYA LLC and any officers, members, employees or associates, will not be responsible for loss or injury to any dog, person or property. As the owner or duly authorized agent of the owner, I (we) personally assume all responsibility and liability for the dog and hold harmless RUYA LLC from any and all damages claims, injuries, and/or suits that may arise from participation in activities held by RUYA LLC.  I (we) understand that:

    · All classes are offered on a pre-paid basis and that there is no refund for missed classes.

    · There is a $35 charge for checks returned unpaid by the bank.

    · Multiple dogs handled by one person are treated as one dog in terms of class participation.

    · Dogs must be healthy and free of any communicable disease.

    · Dogs must be kept on lead at all times (when not crated) and kept under control by the handler.

    · Dogs that exhibit inappropriate social behavior may be barred from future participation in any class and no refund of fees paid will be made.

    · Owner/handler provides equipment for their dog(s); prong collars and Flexi-leads are NOT permitted on the premises of class.

    · Owner/handler must clean up after their own dogs.

    · Owner/handler provides crates for ring side if multiple dogs are handled.

    · Children and youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied during the entire class time by a parent/guardian or  designated agent.

    · Open-toed shoes, flip flops and/or sandals are not recommended.

    · No portion of the class may be video taped for electronic or other media publication without the permission of the instructor. By participating in classes or activities sponsored by Ruya LLC, participants automatically give permission for standard photo use release.

    · Ruya LLC retains the right to refuse service to any person whose behavior is inconsistent with the AKC Code of Sportsmanship and/or who exhibits behaviors that, in the opinion of Ruya LLC,  put other individuals or animals at risk. The use of prong collars, electronic collars,  and/or devices designed to create an aversive learning atmosphere are not permitted.

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 any activitiy held by RUYA LLC.

Phyl Scalf and Robert Churchey ~ (602) 320 - 2437
RUYA LLC ~ PO Box 20645 ~ Mesa, Arizona 85277 - 0645


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. Each had taught classes for a local kennel club beginning in the early 1990s so offering their own classes was a natural progression.
    Phyl's dedication to sharing knowledge and mentoring has been reflected in both her vocations and avocations. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Psychology with an undergraduate degree in Teaching Psychology and Sociology. She began her non-dog career as a teacher and then moved into program development. She advanced from program development  to executive management in the nonprofit sector. She is retired as the lead artist at Ruya Creations, a division of RUYA LLC.
    Robert has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and served as a municipal police officer. He taught in a community college and was a trainer for various subjects related to law enforcement. He served in various volunteer positions in nonprofit social service agencies.
    Phyl, Robert and their two daughters Shannon and Ryan moved to Arizona in 1988. They raise and breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Tibetan Spaniels. Every aspect of their lives reflects their passion for dogs and their love for the sport of purebred dogs. They have dedicated themselves to expanding their knowledge about positive and science-based dog training as it relates to the world of Conformation. Phyl developed a copyrighted educational program, Dog Show Basics, for people new to the sport and it is persented annually by local kennel clubs.  Phyl is licensed to judge AKC All-Breed Junior Showmanship and Robert is Permit Status as an AKC Juniorshowmanship Judges for All-Breeds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Tibitan Spaniels.

Serious about the art of dog handling. TM

Phyl and Robert

PO Box 20645
Mesa, Arizona 85277-0645 USA
(602) 320-2437

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