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General Class Information

Contact Zonies offers an extensive and comprehensive agility training program that takes its students from raw beginners to advanced competitors.  New for 2016-2017, Contact Zonies will be offering three class sessions instead of four, broken into 9-week sessions, with a long break for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays and a week-long break in the spring. 

Beginners will be offered twice a year in 18-week sessions, with a new session starting in January 2017. One hour classes are offered four nights per week, Monday through Thursday, at the club’s outdoor training site located at the Melrose Swim Club, near 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard, in Phoenix. (Map & Directions)

Watch the video to learn more about the training site.

Classes Offered

Class levels increase in difficulty in the following progression.  All class offerings except Beginners are 9 weeks long and can be repeated as needed.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

6:45 p.m.

Beginners

(Session 1 & 2)

 

Electives*

(Session 3)

Handling

Intermediate

Novice

8:00 p.m.

Electives*

(Session 1)

Beginners (Sessions 2 & 3)

Competition Challenges

Advanced

Novice Plus

* Contact Zonies will also be adding short (4 weeks or less) elective modules on Monday nights and during the holiday break.  Watch for announcements of topic offerings.

New students will be expected to enroll in classes according to the above hierarchy, unless separately approved by the Training Director to enroll out of sequence. Moving on to the next higher class level is determined by the dog/handler team’s satisfying criteria for the next level. 

Please review the Criteria for Class Advancement. 

Class Structure

Classes are generally comprised of  up to 16 dog/handler teams. A class will be divided into two, three or four groups of teams. Each group will rotate through exercise stations containing one or two exercises assigned to an instructor. All groups will be active at the same time.  At the Beginners level, the exercises may allow more than one team in a group to work at the same time. Often an assistant instructor is also assigned to a group as well. In the higher level classes, usually only one dog is working at a time on that group’s exercise. Teams may be given additional exercises to work on or are expected to observe the working dog in their group.

Much can be learned by observing other teams performing the exercise and students are expected to take advantage of this opportunity while waiting their turn. Handlers are not allowed to take their dog on equipment outside the group exercise and must avoid being disruptive to other teams working. Handlers can bring transportable crates to carry with them as they rotate between exercises and place the dog in the crate while waiting their turn. About a dozen permanent kennels are available for handlers to use to secure their dogs, especially during set-up and tear down.  No dogs are allowed to be tied to fences or chairs or left unaccompanied before, during or after class.

Set-Up and Tear Down

Classes are one hour in length with students required to arrive at least 15 minutes early to help set up equipment for the first class of the evening, or to stay after the second class is finished to put equipment away. Set-up and tear-down are integral components of the class requirements and all students are expected to contribute to this element of the class. We understand that not all people are capable of assisting with moving heavy equipment, but there are many tasks that students can assist with that do not require lifting heavy weight.

The first class of each evening runs from approximately 6:45 to 7:45 with students expected to arrive no later than 6:30 to begin set up. The second class of the evening runs from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. with students expected to arrive by 7:45 to assist with any changes required between classes and stay until equipment is put away, usually no later than 9:15.


 

 

Get on the Waiting List!

Interested in STARTING agility classes with Contact Zonies? Get your name on the WAITING LIST!  Contact Darcy Rohats at drohats@cox.net for more information.