Whether you want to compete in an agility trial or just have some fun exercising your dog on obstacles, agility classes at Family Dog Club are a great way to bond with your best friend.  

Our next 5-week agility session begins the week of July 1, 2024. Save your spot for classes by emailing Rita at with your name, your dog's name, your phone number and the class you want to take.

All breeds and all levels of experience are welcome. From the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane, agility builds confidence and offers a great workout for both of you. We only use positive reinforcement methods to fit you and your dog’s unique personality. 

Family Dog Club offers three spacious rings with regulation agility equipment, including  American Kennel Club (AKC), North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), UK Agility International (UKI),  United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) and Canine Performance Event (CPE). 

Whatever venue of agility you prefer, Family Dog Club has the right equipment for you and your dog to learn and practice on.

Have some more questions? Check out our FAQs page. 


You’ll have a blast learning what your dog can do if you take a class with Rita Phoenix, who has spent more than two decades training hundreds of dogs along with their owners. Classes meet one night a week for 5 weeks, and you can move up levels when you and your dog are ready. See our Class Descriptions. 

You can have fun learning agility at any age at Family Dog Club! 

All classes are $125 (discounts for junior handlers). Find out how you can save by becoming a member of Family Dog Club! Read about why you should join the club. 

Meet the Instructors

Rita Phoenix

Rita started Family Dog Club in 1997. She’s introduced hundreds of dogs and their owners to the wonderful sport of agility. Rita is just as eager to work with beginners as she is to help more experienced handlers refine their skills. She makes training fun for you and your dog and keeps classes small so you receive personalized attention. Rita has won multiple titles at the elite level and can guide you wherever you want to go in agility, whether you want to train just for fun or compete in a trial. Her three beagles, Ivy May, PDQ and Zippity Do Da, are all agility champions. Her newest addition, Ruby Roo, is a mini Australian Shepherd. 

Brandy Bishop


Brandy started training her first agility dog, a Westiepoo named Roy Boy, under Rita Phoenix at Family Dog Club in 2000. She graduated to a Shetland Sheepdog named Whisper followed by a rescue named Angel, an initially anxious dog who reached NATCH (NADAC Agility Trial Champion) status at the age of 12. Brandy has run multiple dogs at the elite level and currently is competing with her Sheltie, Nox. Brandy teaches the Advanced class.