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

Gracie (2 yr old Weimaraner)

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!


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

Thanks for a great trial Saturday (except for the heat)!  We didn’t title but had a great day.  Thanks to all the volunteers- they were awesome.

Sandy & Risky

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!!!


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.


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

Marion and Gracie

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.


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

Tammy is patient with us and I enjoy the friendly atmosphere

Maria and Jax

APDS is one big family. The love the support! I also love volunteering! I learn something new every time.  Jessica takes excellent care of us!

Jennifer with Buddy and Pip

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

APDS has great and friendly people

Jana and Roxy Rose

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

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

Eleanor & Rileigh

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

Linda with Abby and Luna

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

Remember that friendly face that greeted you at the last trial you were at…You could be that face!!! We know how difficult it can be to get into a NACSW trial, but you can always volunteer at a NACSW trial. It is awesome! What a way to give back to the sport we love. And volunteering can be like a full day seminar when watching and helping the competitors through their trial day.


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 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

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 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

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!!!


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

Peg & Mac

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

Thank you for a great trial!


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!!!


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

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

Marsha and Rusty

I appreciate Tammy’s classes because going on “field trips” exposes my dog to a variety of new search locations.

Kathy & Logan