Thank you for visiting our website! We’ve got good news and bad news.
First the bad news: We’ve been temporarily shut down by the County until we get a business license. Unfortunately we’ve been told by the planning department that we are not zoned to allow dog training classes so we would have to apply for a variance. To apply for a variance would cost over $8,000.00 and we are not guaranteed we would be approved. We both have full time jobs and just want to offer agility classes as a small part time business to share this wonderful sport with others so they could have fun with their dogs like we do and at an affordable price. Over $8,000.00 is beyond what we can afford to pay for a part time business. We would have to pass this cost on to our students and that would make our classes too expensive to be competitive with other trainers in the area.
Now the good news: The County is in the process of rewriting the zoning codes, so we hope to be able to work with them to allow dog training on land zoned AG. We want to see the language open to all dog training, not just agility training. I’m sure there are others out there that would love to offer classes in herding, tracking, hunting, dock diving, obedience, etc. and agriculture land offers lots of room for all of these activities.
These new codes would go into place in January 2014, so if we do manage to persuade the County to make these changes, we would be able to apply for our business license and open up for classes in January 2014. So stay tuned to see how this all evolves.
In the meantime, there are lots of other great agility instructors out there so please contact them about classes and training for you and your dog.
Also, if you would like to help in persuading the County to include dog training in their new codes for AG land, please contact them with your suggestions and comments:
Community Development Building Permits & Inspection
827 7th Street, Room 102
Sacramento, CA 94814916-875-5296 M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm