The Three Hats of Agility: An Introduction

Sandy Rogers

On-Demand Webinar

The Three Hats of Agility: An Introduction



The Three Hats of Agility was an idea originally introduced in Clean Run magazine. Since then, the concept has evolved into a teaching philosophy. Every agility enthusiast is three parts: one part teacher/trainer, one part handler, and one part competitor. The three hats form a triangle; each side needs the other two to be balanced.

Sandy separates these three roles to gain unique insights that will lead to changes that produce results in agility. By taking a realistic look at your strengths and weaknesses when you are wearing each hat, you can identify where you are out of balance and what you need to do to improve and grow. 

Sandy's goal is to help you become the best handler, teacher, and competitor that you can. This 26-minute webinar introduces her Three Hats of Agility philosophy and shows you the importance of self-assessment. This introduction might be all you need to identify where you need to do make improvements to up your agility game, or you may decide after watching the presentation that you want to dive into one or more parts of The Three Hats of Agility webinar trilogy. 

How do I access the webinar?

There is no charge for this presentation, but you will have to complete the checkout process and pay for any other items you order. After you finish checking out, 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 and it is not the same as your Clean Run website account (although you can use the same email and password for both accounts). 

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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.