Skip links

The ACE Way

Reliable skills through chemistry & communication

The ACE Way is Sandy Rogers’ approach to dog training and the sport of dog agility. It works for the person looking to win a national agility championship, and for the person looking to do the best they can, with the dog they have, no matter the goal. Using this approach, ordinary people can teach their dogs extraordinary things.

The concept is simple: Sandy’s students learn how to be the best dog trainers, agility handlers and, if they choose, competitors that they can be. The ACE Way provides students with all the tools they need to excel, because Sandy excels in all three areas herself.


Training is approached by students learning how to build on or enhance the natural chemistry they have with their dog. This results in them having a positive, fun way to influence their dog. Students  develop a communication system that can be relied upon. The system includes verbal and physical cues used in and out of agility and strong 2-way communication is created during play and games. All of these tools are continually enhanced while navigating everyday life. Once chemistry and communication are working well together, students can then teach their dog the skills they desire with confidence.

Effective handling techniques are developed to ensure a reliable performance. Students learn how to communicate clearly with their dogs by developing a consistent verbal and physical language for cueing. The level of consistency that is practiced enables the dogs’ obstacle and directional skills to strengthen, not deteriorate. This is the key to navigating courses smoothly and efficiently.

When it comes to competing, the ACE Way is all about embracing what matters the most to each individual as they discover and achieve their goals. You will evolve into the competitor that you want to be. 

Agility handlers can face a variety of unique challenges when they compete. Understanding those challenges and solving them is not only part of excelling in competition, but loving it as well. The goal is to create and maintain personal satisfaction as you compete.

The ACE Way is reliable, effective and very rewarding – make the ACE Way, your way.