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Our Approach

1

Fun & Safe
Introducing your dog to the agility equipment making it a positive experience with food, toys, and praise! No pressure to compete.

2

Controlled Socialization & Confidence Building
Your dog will experience a safe social environment without the chaos of a dog park allowing him/her to blossom.

3

Become Pleasantly Surprised
You will be amazed at what your dog is capable of doing and never underestimate their ability again.

Testimonials

Chris and Glen Thomas

Sally promised us that if we wrote this testimonial, and she is besieged with new clients, we get first crack at boarding and classes...

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Vanessa Grebe

My first introduction to Sally Zinkhan came through a beginner agility class with
my German Shepherd, Tonto...

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Susan Hlavin

I contacted Sally to help me train my Goldendoodle rescue; Dillon.  I did a bad job of training my previous Lab mix, and suffered the consequences his entire
life...

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Terri Bonsall

We never knew how different herding dogs were from "regular dogs".  Having had numerous dogs over the years, four years ago we...

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About the Trainer

Sally Zinkhan with prize Corgi's

My name is Sally Zinkhan and I was born and raised in the Northern Baltimore County. As I grew up my family had always been surrounded by animals, and that hasn't stopped at my generation. I currently have dogs and a horse and a pony. No, I'm not crazy, I just find the company of animals soothing as well as a stress reducer! I grew up riding and showing pony hunters all over the Mid Atlantic.

My hobby and passion for the past 20 years has been agility and training dogs. I have always strongly believed that a dog should have an opportunity to attempt to do whatever instinctual activity he/she was created and bred to do.

I am currently training and showing a corgi mix named Jelly and a couple of rescues in agility and disc dog. I have trained my dogs in agility, flyball, herding, dock diving and disc dog and successfully competed in these events all over the country. We have been on ESPN, USA, OLN, and MPT on shows such as the Great Outdoor Games, Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, and Outdoors Maryland.

Sally Zinkhan training students

After being in the corporate world and in the green industry for many years out of college I decided 10 years ago to make a career change and turn my favorite past time into a full time job, training my dogs and helping other people train their own dogs. I enjoy teaching dog owners and their dogs to do agility and enjoy seeing their bond become stronger through the sport. Competing in Agility Trials is not a requirement at Home Grown Dog Sports. I will teach you to teach your dog the sport of agility safely and by the rules but that does not mean you have to compete to continue in the sport. However, if you have the desire to compete I would be happy to take you there.

As Home Grown Dog Sports grew so did the camaraderie and culture that has developed around it, it has been pleasantly overwhelming. Whether it has been through classes or competitions the Home Grown "family" has become a close knit group of friends with dogs who are supportive of each other. I feel honored to be the common denominator of these relationships.

I teach at Foxhound Heights, a sprawling horse farm with beautiful views. There is an indoor training building as well as a securely fenced 100'x 100' ring for all year round training.

In my spare time I am also passionate about rescuing dogs that I have a connection with and then finding them their forever homes. Sometimes that home ends up being my own. I have successfully placed dozens of dogs in wonderful loving families and have enjoyed hearing about their success.

Notable Accomplishments

Location Information

Branchwater Farms

Foxhound Heights

15202 Carroll Rd. Monkton, MD 21111

Classes are held on this beautiful horse farm all year round. The indoor training building is approximately 45' x 30'. Central heating and cooling will be installed in the near future. The flooring is interlocking dog friendly tiles. A lounge/kitchen area for staging before classes is attached to the training building and is outfitted with a refrigerator and Keurig. No more waiting for classes to end while standing out in the elements. The outdoor ring is 100' x 100' and is located close to the training building. The area has been recently graded and seeded and is fully fenced and wired for safety. With the exception of snow, classes can be held comfortably in most weather conditions. Check the calendar for upcoming classes and events. Click here for Foxhound Heights Facebook Page