About Ace Dog Sports
How it all started…
I founded the agility training school Ace Dog Sports 1999. I had fallen in love with competition obedience in 1989, and was lucky to secure an apprenticeship under Patricia (Pat) Cook who owned the prestigious school Companion Dog Training. That school was one of the first in the United States to offer agility training and we held some of the first competitions in California. As the sport grew in popularity and I began to win national events, agility became my main focus. I named the school after a hunting dog, a black lab named Ace, who was owned by the man who helped me build my first indoor facility in Brisbane, Ca. Some of my instructors have been with me from the start, as have many of our current students, now on their 4th and 5th dogs. The school is a source of pride on many levels. Thank you for your interest.
– Sandy Rogers, Founder & Owner
- We believe it is the handler’s obligation to understand his or her dog, not the dog’s obligation to understand his or her handler.
- We are committed to creating a socially supportive environment that promotes sportsmanship and pride in ourselves and our dogs as we pursue and achieve our training accomplishments.
- We are committed to providing our students with appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles.
- We are committed to inspire, educate, and problem solve while respecting each student’s individual goals and ability.
- We believe in continual learning: our profession is based on knowledge that is evolving. Our success depends upon creative and up-to-date training.
- We are committed to advancing dog training locally and globally.
We have the highest caliber of dog trainers at the helm of ACE Dog Sports. The fact that our instructors love teaching people as much as training dogs is what sets them apart. They all compete in agility at the highest levels. Because of their dedication to excel at the sport themselves, they stay current on training methods and trends and their students reap the rewards.
I took an intro to agility course at ACE about 11 years ago, thinking it would be a 6 week experience and that would be it. Instead, I got hooked on the sport and on training at Ace. The teachers are thoughtful, experienced, and above all, put dogs and their relationships with their humans first. And yes, we now rock at agility!
I can't say enough good things about Ace. The footing is spectacular. The instruction is top notch and the courses are challenging and fun. The location is great, as it's the only plACE you’re going to find like this in San Francisco. Take your dog and have a blast.
My dog and I have taken the Intro to Agility and Foundations courses and are now in a continuous weekly class with Blancett. All the instruction has been top notch and very positive. I thought this would be something fun for my dog to do but now I find that I really enjoy it (hopefully as much as he does). If you are interested in the sport, check out ACE.
We are very proud of our indoor and outdoor facilities. We have created environments where the top level competitor can excel, meaning every student will be training in comfort on state of the art equipment with superior footing. All facilities have secured parameters for your dog’s safety. What could be better? They all have parking too!
Check out our 64,000 square foot renovated warehouse. Both you and your dog will benefit from learning without all the distractions of the outside world. The flooring is a specialized “closed cell” matting designed for its traction and cushioning to reduce impact on dog and human joints. We have crates for you to use and a comfy lobby while you wait for your class.
Located at the picturesque Shamrock Ranch, we offer a 100’x100’ regulation training field. This is where we offer classes to those ready to take their training outside, to simulate actual competitions. Upper level students can take advantage of training on larger courses and enjoy the California coast at the same time.
Our newest facility, “ACE East,” boasts a 100’ by 130’ feet training area designed to accommodate international course work. Our top-notch sport turf is the best in real grass for athletic use. This facility will soon offer canine conditioning services with a pool.
Please familiarize yourself with this side of Ace. Our policies are based on 25 years of concern for all our students and their dogs. They are also based on a keen desire to keep ACE affordable while maintaining a viable business.
You are enrolled in class once we have received your payment. Our system will automatically confirm your enrollment. If you do not receive confirmation please contact us. Once you have enrolled in class you are entitled to a full refund if you cancel 48 hours in advance. You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel 24 hours in advance. There are no refunds available if you withdraw from your class within 24 hours of the start time, or at anytime after the session starts. We are not able to provide compensation for missed classes during any session.
Private lessons are paid in advance for new students. Current students will pay at the time the lesson is provided. A 24-hour cancellation policy is in effect for all private lessons.
Workshops and Lectures
Workshops and lectures have the same policies as our classes. Once your class, lesson, workshop or lecture has started, your instructor reserves the right to excuse any team, for any reason, without refund.
Please see our “Frequently Asked Questions” for more information on how we roll at Ace. We are always here to answer any questions you may have.