In this 30-minute group session, an agility instructor will assess where the best starting point for you and your dog is in our Agility program.   We will also break down our different programs and give you tips on how to get the most out of your classes! 

Please note that your dog will not be trying out the agility equipment in this evaluation. We are assessing his readiness for foundation training, which is the prerequisite for training on the equipment. 

Agility is a demanding sport which requires a high level of engagement between you and your dog.  Please read over the following questions: 

  1. Is your dog over 11 months of age?
  2. Has your dog completed Manners 2 where you were the primary handler in the class?
  3. If another dog comes up to visit your dog, will your dog be fine with the encounter?
  4. If your dog sees another dog running 40 feet away, will you be able to get your dog’s attention? 
  5. If your dog has ever had major surgeries or injuries, has a specialist approved them to play this sport?  (You are welcome to call us and ask for a specialist recommendation to get your pup checked out so they can play safe and stay sound!)

If you answered “yes” to all four questions, go ahead and book your Agility Evaluation.  If your answer is “no” to one or all of these questions we recommend you contact our front desk to see if we can start you off in private lessons! If you have previous experience in Agility, please call our front desk to schedule a private session to run an in-depth evaluation to place you in our program.

  • Dog must be a minimum of 11 months of age. 
  • Dog and their handler must have completed Manners 2 together. 
  • If your dog is younger than 1 year, and they haven’t been in facility in 2 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required. 
  • If your dog is older than 1 year, and they haven’t been in the facility in 6 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required.
  • Reactive or aggressive dogs are not eligible for evaluation .
  • Free (no charge for the evaluation)

Your Instructors

  • Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA
    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches barn hunt, agility, conformation, rally and manners. She is an AKC CGC, trick, ACT test, temperament test and farm dog evaluator. Gabi competes in a variety of dog sports with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks […]
  • Jessica Ibarra
    Jessica began attending agility classes at What a Great Dog! in 2018. She quickly developed a passion for agility and for understanding the applied behavior analysis behind positive reinforcement training in order to be a better handler. During the day you will find her working as a Senior Payroll Manager. Jessica has her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M School of […]
  • Agility & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Meagan Johnson FDM, CPDT-KA
    Meagan Johnson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed)  through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM). Meagan joined the WAGD staff in 2018. Meagan has worked with families and their dogs around North Texas and virtually since 2012. She teaches Agility, Tricks, Rally, and Pet Manners classes, while also working one […]
  • Paige Varvel
    Paige Varvel joined the WAGD staff in January 2023 as an agility instructor. Paige had a passion for animals from a very young age, and has built her career in various areas of the animal care and rescue fields. She has her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, and had the honor of working with Glen […]
  • Agility Trainer

    Ryan Shaw CPDT-KA
    Ryan joined WAGD in May of 2011, teaching Agility and Pet Manners classes. Ryan worked in the commercial construction industry for 22 years. When she earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)  in 2013, Ryan left the corporate world to pursue her dream of working with and training dogs as a full-time profession. Ryan’s utilizes positive reinforcement training methods, including […]