Give what you can…if you can only help in the morning of a trial, fantastic; only the afternoon, fabulous; all day…wow!! It always feels good when your efforts are appreciated and APDS truly appreciates all time that is given by their volunteers. They are generous to competitors and volunteers alike. Some of my best memories are of friends who have titled when I have volunteered.


Daisy and I had a incredible time. We loved the venue and the “chocolate truck”!

Thanks for everything…it looked like it went pretty smoothly from where we sat. Great Job!!!!!

Patty & Daisy

Tammy is very kind, gentle and patient with dogs and people. She makes every exercise fun and fulfilling.

Eleanor & Rileigh

Walter the Pom and I had a blast at your NW2 Trial yesterday. Please accept my appreciation to you, your volunteers, your vendors, videographer, C.O., and judges for a lovely day having NW fun with my dog. Your hospitality was genuinely welcoming. Your facility clearly set up and any questions cheerfully answered. Walter the Pom and I are grateful you gave us the day. Please pass my thanks to everyone involved. Thank you.

Cynthia & Walter

I started volunteering at trials as soon as I decided to do nose work. I did it so I could see what the sport is all about. BUT—I learned how a trial is run (so I was not nervous at my first trial). I got to talk with other volunteers, judges and CO’s—it’s an amazing way to learn. I made friends—so I always know someone at a trial. And it is fun to trial with friends! Not only is it rewarding, but it’s free training!


Tammy is always patient and encouraging in  her teaching. Classes are laid back which makes it a great way to spend time with your dog after a long day.

Tammy  analyzes why a dog might be having difficulties and sets up exercises that allow the dog and handler to practice it in incremental steps to avoid frustration. She is creative in setting hides to challenge both handler & dog, while making sure that the training is fun for all.


I wanted to thank you for a super well-run trial last Saturday! I especially appreciate how everyone looked out so well for Merlin, by creating extra space for him, clearing the path to the staging areas, etc. It is truly appreciated!

Petra & Merlin

Love it when the treat bag appears & I know we are heading to nose work!!

Gracie (2 yr old Weimaraner)

My dog Daisy was an abused dog who had issues with trust of humans and other dogs. Training with Tammy helped Daisy become more confident and friendlier with dogs and people. She now can be off leash at a park doing  demos and competitions without a worry of her barking or growling at people or dogs.

Jessica & Daisy

Volunteering is a valuable learning experience for anyone considering or now competing in the sport. Nothing compares to seeing many teams work out the same challenge. It’s also a “feel good” experience to know I’m paying back or paying forward the volunteers who have volunteered or will volunteer when I compete. Finally, it’s a great way to meet other participants in the sport, and learn why they use certain equipment, how they set up, who they train with, and where they practice.

N. Mueller

Thank you for hosting an awesome trial in Rancho Cucamonga. It was a pleasure being your trial coordinator. I had a blast volunteering on Friday…loved seeing everyone, food was fabulous (as usual), Jessica did a fantastic job as VC, and I got to see searches and learned a ton from both dogs and handlers!!!


Best part about APDS are the friends and the dogs love to play.

Linda with Abby and Luna

All the memories of magical moments when handler and K9 are having the best day ever or even when they are having an off day but are still having fun!! It is always something different and I can guarantee it will be fun. Come out and volunteer!!!


I want you to know how much I enjoy volunteering at the trials. I have leaned a lot about nose work techniques AND most important, how odor travels in different situations. Having the opportunity to watch lots of dogs and how they react is something I can only experience by working a trial! I truly feel this has helped me work closer with my dog! I wish I could get the word out to people to VOLUNTEER! What better way to learn and make a lot of wonderful friends!!!


Since entering nose work, “Q” has become quite a “nosey” dog. He loves searching for scent! Thank you Tammy for opening a new world to us.

Kriss & Q

I just want to thank you for putting on three great trials this weekend.  Despite the hot weather, I think everyone enjoyed themselves including the dogs.  Please thank all the wonderful volunteers for braving the elements and without them we would not have had a trail.  I loved the thoughtfulness of you for providing refreshments to the competitors.  Looking forward to entering more of your trials in the future.

Suzanne Gutsch, Hope, Brewster and Shasta

Agile Paws Dogs Sports  is a great way to bond with your dog and with people who enjoy the same sport.

Marsha and Rusty

Rusty loves to go to “work”. It is such a great bonding experience between dog and owner. It is a great way to burn energy and work their brains. He is usually falling asleep on the way home. I have been thankful to find this for rainy days and extra energy days.

Marsha & Rusty

Twist is way faster than Fifi so Tammy is teaching me how to work with a fast dog.  I love being part of the APDS family. You learn so much by volunteering.

Luana and Twist

APDS has great and friendly people

Jana and Roxy Rose

Tammy is patient with us and I enjoy the friendly atmosphere

Maria and Jax

Always wanted to do an activity with my dogs. The classes are both challenging & easy. I find it refreshing how easily any size dog can do this activity. I really can’t wait to see how far we can go.

Laura & Riley

Thank you for a great trial!


I love all the parts of volunteering. By watching the other dogs, you learn so much.  With Tammy’s help, I have learned to work with Fifi and her damaged leg.

Luana and Fifi

I have been training with Tammy for seven years with my dog Abbie Cadabra doing agility. She has learned so much and loves coming to class. Abbie competes now with great confidence.

My dog Ellie is now learning nose work. It’s great for her because she has a problem with her hips so this is a great sport for her. Thank you Tammy for loving the dogs and always being patient.

Pam & Abbie and Ellie

I am glad I found out about nosework. Great training from Tammy. I enjoy all the opportunities for searching in various locations.

Rhonda and Kiva

When it comes to volunteer care, APDS trials are the gold standard. They rotate the prime volunteer jobs among as many people as possible to maximize the opportunity to see the teams search. Volunteers enjoy a light breakfast and are provided an ample lunch with dishes catering to many different diets with homemade desserts. A snack wagon makes the rounds to afternoon workers. Volunteers get entered into a raffle. But most importantly, her trials are well-run events where everybody has fun.

N. Mueller

I enjoy hanging out with my dog and making new friends.

Marion and Gracie

I just want to thank you for such a fun time yesterday! Despite the weather being a little warm, it was a perfect introduction to Specialty Trials for us. We had a great time and Finn LOVED his puppacino and new toy. The trial site was really nice and the club and volunteers super (loved the welcome wagon). You folks put on a great trial! Hope to do another sometime.

Linda & Finn

Training tips from Tammy are so useful in everyday situations, not just class.

Peg & Mac