First Day of Course: Whenever you choose!
Course Length: 6 lessons that you can complete at your own pace. There are no fixed deadlines or due dates.
This pre-agility course is designed to be any dog’s or puppy’s foundation training for agility. The B.A.M. program is designed to accommodate both the experienced dog trainer and the newbie. The content has been built on Sandy’s 30 years of teaching and training and her love for dog training, especially agility training.
The three essential skills introduced in this course can be kept quite basic or developed into sophisticated combinations of handling cues. These three skills make up the acronym B.A.M:
- Boomerang: Go away from me and come back to me
- Anchor: Stay put until further notice
- ME: Moving with engagement or stay with me
All agility handling is based on these three concepts. All everyday training for any dog is based on these three concepts. So these skills will benefit your dog in and out of the agility ring.
Note: The B.A.M. course is periodically offered with instructor guidance. For the next available session, check Sandy's list of courses on the website.
What is included with your purchase?
- Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
- Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
- No expiring content—you can go back any time to read and watch lessons. There is no time limit.
Puppies as young as 12 weeks can begin all the skills, but Sandy's seasoned agility dogs enjoy this work to keep their directional training skills sharp.
- 3 rubber livestock feeding pans (the 4-quart size is a good size for the average dog)
- An object for the dog to run around: a bar stool, tall traffic cone, jump stanchion, garbage can, or pop-up laundry basket. If you want to do advanced handling, you will need 3 (or more) of these objects.
How do I access my Learning Center purchase?
After you complete your purchase using your credit card or PayPal, you will receive 2 email confirmations: the first is a receipt acknowledging that your order has been received and the second email contains the link for your Clean Run Learning Center program. Just click on the link in the email to complete enrollment. If you already have a Learning Center account, then you will go directly to your educational program. If you do not, then you will enter your email address and a password to use for this Learning Center program and any future ones your purchase. Please be aware that this is a separate account you are establishing on https://cleanrunonline.com/home and it is not the same as your Clean Run website account (although you can use the same email and password for both accounts).
If you have a Clean Run website account, then you can also access your program at anytime by signing in at cleanrun.com and selecting Classes/Webinars from the My Account menu.
Please be aware that there are no refunds for on-demand/self-study courses, on-demand lessons, or webinars.
We suggest that you read the information provided carefully before making your purchase. If you have any questions about whether the content is right for you, please email us.
I have a solid respect for the art of teaching animals. My love for training and competition began when I was 5, the first time I showed my pony. Since then, I have developed a deep-rooted passion for teaching people how to inspire their dogs to work for them. I have devoted my life to this work and am forever a student of the sport of agility and the mind of the dog.
I owe my career to 7 incredible dogs, Rasta, Brink, Sweep, Ty, Quill, Tux and Jigs. Each of them taught me how to bring out their best; all I had to do was listen to them. Together they have won hundreds of events on the local, regional, national and world stages. My dogs feed my soul and bring me joy everyday. Rasta, Brink, Sweep and Ty have passed away and are missed beyond measure.
Quill, my Jack Russell Terrier, is a World and National Champion. She has medaled 3 times at the world events. She has competed in England, Belgium and Spain and brought home her gold medal from Belgium in 2012. Quilly Bear won the USA Nationals in 2013. She retired in 2015.
Brink, my Border Collie, was a 3 time National Champion. He is the dog that put me ‘on the map’ in the sport.
Beyond the pride I have for my incredible dogs is the pride I have for my school and all the students who train there – they inspire me every day.
Sandy has been a writer for Clean Run magazine since 2009. She has created 3 videos and a workbook teaching various aspects of agility. Sandy teaches and lectures on a national level for trainers’ conferences and agility clubs. You may have seen her competing on television at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge or the Westminster Agility Championships. Watch for her on-line classroom.
"Sandy demystifies the dog-handler relationship. Whether your goal is agility competition or being the best companion your dog ever had, Sandy can get you there in a way that is fun and engaging for both you and your dog. She has the ability to break the most complex or trying situations into simple steps that you can't wait to practice. The best result of working with Sandy is the strengthened bond I now have with my dog and the increased level of trust I see in her eyes!" —Lori
"I just want to give a big thank you to Sandy Rogers for her BAM course. I learned so much and have so much to work on! Not only am I working with my young girl; I am also working with my 4-year-old and 9-year-old on the same exercises!" —Pam
"We are BOTH getting so much out of BAM! You’ve done a gold-standard job of thoughtfully breaking the lessons down into digestible bites and the support you provide is truly top-notch. The lessons expose the dog and handler to things you don’t get in a 'normal' puppy/pre-agility class… and actually, IMO, the support and feedback you provide is equal to or more than anyone would get in a class setting. The tone of the lessons is so positive, which is a huge source of support and inspiration. You make me feel like we WILL succeed in the end! I will absolutely recommend this course to my students who get new puppies, to those who are missing foundational elements, and to those who aren’t as bonded with their dog as they could be." —Julie and the BCs
"I recently completed the B.A.M. Pre-Agility Foundation Training taught by Sandra Rogers and it was amazing. I have taken other on-line puppy trainings and this one was by far superior in content, feedback and even cost. The videos are so thorough and complete to help you prepare your puppy for real agility training. I have practiced agility with my other dogs so I could see clearly how the basic skills learned in this class will set us up for greater success when we start pre-agility classes. I would highly recommend this class to others who are contemplating working with their puppies on the agility fields." —Robin
"Thanks for your enthusiasm and your program. Bebop has REALLY helped us to have a good year (at home). Bebop is a 15-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is my our first dog, and we are recently retired." —Duane
"I liked the inclusion of the footwork videos. I have found in agility that I struggle with direction change and I end up providing inaccurate body cues for Hilde to follow. I'm a tap dancer so I used my dance steps to help me do these moves!!" —Lisa
"I was a bit overwhelmed when I first saw all the material to go through for the first week, but once I started going through it I realized they were short snippets and not overwhelming. The videos were the perfect length and I've seen results with my dog already. We were off-leash at an agility trial working on the moving with exchangement exercise. I was really proud of DJ for keeping his focus on me with dogs barking in the arena and another dog in the potty yard next to us." —Anna
"I like the footwork videos as I need to be more thoughtful of this in the obedience ring too. Since I am planning on some Disc Freestyle as well, my body movement is super important." —Robbin
"I am really enjoying the class with my 5-month-old pup. Very sequential. Basic to more advanced." —C.F.