Welcome to
Paws For Applause
Dog Agility School!



Vonda Sprinks, and her amazing Springer Spaniel "Rocky" have made it in to the top of the "POWER 60" Springers in the nation! Congrats on being #1 Rockman, but you were always our #1!



Sharon Schultz and her 5 year old Beauceron "Woodrow" attended the 2014 AKC Eukanuba Breed Invitational in Orlando Florida. Woodrow closed the 3 day trial as top in his breed.



Team Champions
Texas Shootout for Cancer

Skye (cancer survivor), Saavy (cancer survivor), Rocky



Lori Weber and her precious Border Collie mix "Izzy" went to their very first trial ever after only starting training just over a year ago and won 4 Blues and qualifying runs out of four attempts. Not surprising ... they are an amazingly talented team! Wonderful courses by judge Bonnie McDonald!



Lori Weber and her darling little BC "Izzy" won the Beginner Tricks Contest Thursday night class! They did it with style and smacked down the Hand Target and Wash Yer Face tricks in particular. Way to go Lori and Izzy!



It's a real TRICK to be a super trainer and Sharon Driver and amazing Rottie "Axle" have bested that point by winning the Beginner Tricks Contest this Spring! Huge Congrats on winning your wonderful Backyard Agility Set and way to CLICK!



Michele and "Clover", her Mini Aussie, earned their Open Standard Title at the AKC Golden trial with a second place in 16".
"Millie," her sweet Yorkie, had a clean sweep with a Triple Q on Saturday. This is Double Q #2 towards her MACH title! Way to go for the little girl that for the first year of training would barely get out of a walk. With Michele's diligence and patience, Millie has blossomed into a real contender in the Masters 8" class. Way to go!



Kathyn Cockerham and her two beautiful Aussie girls "Blaze" and "Skye" qualified for 2013 AKC National Champions in Tulsa, Oklahoma, both in the same year!



Vonda and her Springer Spaniel "Rocky" earned their AX Title at the DAWG trial in McKinney. On the same day Rocky earned his MXJ title and got his first Q in Ex B Standard. Vonda and Rocky also took a 2nd place in the highly competitive Ex.B Jumpers 20" class. Rocky has come so far and we couldn't be more proud of them both!



At the DAWG trial in Nov. Kathryn Cockerham and her 7 year old Aussie "Skye" earned their MACH. They also completed requirements for AKC Nationals next March. This is Skye's 3rd Agility Championship!



Sam and 6 year old Min-Pin "Pomona" both debuting in Novice for their first competition ever at the DAWG trial in November. They ran their Standard course in 51 seconds and Jumpers With Weaves in 27.02 seconds garnering two first places and two qualifying runs toward their Novice titles. What a grand entrance into the sport!



Bonnie's three year old Border Collie "Ice" won his Master Agility Championship, or MACH, at the Greater Collin County Kennel Club trial with four Double Q's in a row and all 1st places from the 26" class! Way to go baby Ice!



Oct. 8/9, after only her first three AKC trials, Bronwen and her darling mixed breed "Rex", moved up into both Excellent A Standard and Jumpers in McKinney, TX. Topping it off, they earned two titles in one weekend, placing 2nd and 3rd competing against 27 dogs in their jump height! What a super team to watch!



The agility gods were very kind to Diane and Dixie at the Dalmation trial! They ran clean for 3 QQ's getting a total of 70 speed points. On Sunday's Standard run, they got the 5 points needed for MACH 2! They also earned the points they needed to qualify for the 2012 AKC Nationals in Reno!



Five PFA students and their Instructor went to the AKC San Antonio trial in downtown SA and came home with over 30 Q's!



Lisa Bilek and her Flat Coat Retriever "Holly," received 5 Q's in San Antonio at their first AKC trial. 2-JWW's, 2-FAST , 1-Standard. We are very proud of this dynamic duo!



After 11 months of trialing in the AKC venue, 4 yr old Shih Tzu, "Charlie," owned by Brandi Southwell, has achieved both AX & AXJ titles. At his first trial in AKC ExB, with his agility tail flying high, he earned his first double Q towards his MACH!! He's also currently ranked the #12 Shih Tzu in the U.S.



Anne Pullen and her beautiful Aussie, Tiva the Diva, win their AKC Championship title in McKinney on Jan.24, 2010! Yeah MACH Tiva!



At Paws for Applause Dog Agility School, we offer


  • Pre-Agility/Puppy Agility
  • Beginner Agility
  • Obedience for Agility
  • Intermediate Agility
  • Advanced Agility


No prior obedience or training experience is recommended or required to start Beginner classes, although the younger your dog is, the faster and easier it is to train because it has not established undesireable behaviors yet in it's day to day life.


Head trainer, Bonnie Norris, is a student of the Awesome Paws Handling System, which is a Motion Based system. Beginner students will learn how dogs respond to our Cues, intentional and unintentional, and basics of Operant theory. Intermediate students will learn the foundations and principles of Motion Based Handling; Advanced students will learn technical training and advanced Cue combinations with detailed understanding of how dogs respond to our physical cues.


Our students compete in USDAA, NADAC, UKI and AKC trials and win!


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Our school is located in Northeast Dallas County and the city of Rowlett, Texas. It's a drive of only:


10 minutes from Wylie, Garland, Rockwall, and Mesquite

20 minutes from East Dallas, Terrell, Richardson, Plano and the North Dallas area
50 minutes from Greenville, Royce City, Balch Springs, Arlington and the Mid-Cities



Congrats to AKC 2011 National Championships Qualifiers
and Participants
Leslie & Pepe, Bonnie & Ice, Diane & Dixie, Brandi & Charlie and Michele!



Check out the winners of the Beginners Class
"Extra Credit" contest!



See pictures from the 2010 San Antonio Trial at the River Walk




MACH 2 Dixie