Updated April 21, 2013
Thank you for visiting our website! We would like to apologize if you have contacted us in the past several months. Life has thrown some interesting challenges at both of us.
Janet lost her husband Bill to a massive heart attack on November 18, 2011. He was her rock of strength and supported her love of agility in every possible way. While we were still reeling from this blow, my husband Joe, was rushed to the hospital on December 1, 2011 with acute pancreatitis. He has been in and out of the hospital since then. He had surgery to repair his pancreas in April 2012 and has been improving since then.
We have been concentrating on our current classes and students during this time. Our current students have been absolutely super in their support and offers of help during all of this. We love teaching agility classes and working with all of our students and their wonderful dogs. No matter what happens, we intend to continue offering classes.
Janet is now ready to start some new classes and has offered to take over answering our email. So if you have emailed me - hang in there – she will be responding to you soon.
Please email us at Susan@funfirstagility.com if you would like to be placed on our email list to be notified when we offer an introductory class, start another group class, or for more details about our classes.
Susan’s background: Susan has been agility training her own dogs since 1990 and teaching agility classes since 1991. She has earned USDAA, NADAC, AKC and CPE agility titles on several different breeds of dogs.
Janet’s background: Janet has been involved with dogs since she was a teen. She worked at a conformation kennel and learned how to groom and show their dogs. She took a break from all this to raise her children. She started training with me in 2007, got hooked on agility and has earned USDAA, NADAC, AKC and CPE agility titles on her Jack Russell Terrier Dot. She assisted me for a year before starting to teach her own classes.
In addition to teaching agility in the evenings and on weekends, we both have a regular 8 to 5 Monday through Friday job. Susan also volunteers with the Sacramento House Rabbit Society. Janet is on the board of directors for one of the local agility clubs.
Frequently asked questions:
Where are you located? The classes are at 11013 Jackson Road, Sacramento, CA 95830. We are between Excelsior and
What does it Cost? $20.00 to attend a group Introductory Class with your dog. This class gives you an introduction to how we teach agility, what equipment you will need to purchase to work with your dog between classes and an introduction to some of the equipment.
If you and your dog enjoy the Introductory class, the next step is a Beginning class. The cost is $140.00 and it meets once a week for seven weeks. Class size is usually 4 to 6 dogs, so everyone gets plenty of individual attention and time on the equipment.
After the Beginning class, group classes are held once a week and usually run around 1 ˝ hours each. The cost is $20.00 per class with a four week commitment. That means that you will need to commit to 4 classes at a time for a total cost of $80.00.
Do you offer Private Lessons? We also offer private and semi-private lessons. These cost $50.00 for the first lesson and then $40.00 per ˝ hour for each class after that. Please email us for more details.
How long will it take for my dog to learn all the equipment? Each dog progresses at its own pace so there is really no set time that it takes a dog to learn how to do all the equipment. The same is true for the trainer (you). There is a lot to learn about working as a team with your dog and how to correctly handle him, just in case you get hooked on the sport and decide that you want to try and earn some agility titles.
If you just want to have fun, that is fine too. You will need to learn to do the equipment either way, so you might as well learn how to do it correctly. That way if you change your mind and decide to compete, you won't have to re-train anything.
Can I come and watch a class? Definitely! We welcome visitors. We do want you to leave your dog at home though. That way you can concentrate on observing the class without having to also keep an eye on your dog.
Because our classes are held outdoors, the weather always affects our ability to have classes. We strongly suggest that you email us in advance so we will be able to contact you if the class start time has been changed or the class has to be cancelled due to the weather.