Three second behaviors, easy chains, and high arousal

In a recent blog, I talked about the value of three second behaviors in distracting environments. I suggested setting the dog up for success by using simple behaviors so that your dog can develop the habit of accuracy and love of work, regardless of location. There is...

Silence is…Good!

Those of you who follow me on FB or who take classes with me at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy know that I have a lot of opinions about how our training decisions affect our ability to move into competition.  One of my favorite rants refers to the use of silence in...

Figure Eights

The most notable contributor to poor work on the figure eight is the tendency of the handler to do it in exactly the same fashion every time, so that they are completely predictable to the dog.  It makes sense that our dogs would learn the pattern and would begin to...

Lyra – General Training

Here are the sessions of Lyra that I taped a few days ago – I strung them all together in one long 11 minute video. I push her pretty hard here, which is unusual.  You’ll hear No Reward Markers (NRM’s) as we work on some heeling details.  I do this...

Proofing Scent Discrimination

This blog isn’t about teaching scent discrimination.  There are plenty of ways to teach scent work that are kind and effective; pick one or blend a few and find a plan that works for you.  Here is how I taught Lyra if you want some...

Lyra – Run Through

Today I took Lyra for her first run through in many months.   It is rare that I do a “run-through”.  To me, that means I have pre-decided which exercises I will do, and mostly I ignore errors.  I’m checking to see what needs work.  I use no classic...