Philosophies and Techniques

A philosophy is an overarching belief structure that guides your choices. My philosophy of dog training is that it should be kind and enjoyable for both the dog and the handler, and I have held that philosophy for a fairly long time; maybe fifteen years or so and...

The Art of Adaptation – What happens if?

I’m teaching a new class starting October 1st on “The Art of Training”  The goal is to help science based trainers become more confident and fluent in their training so they experience less worry and more success!  Sadly, after I finished writing up...

Webinar: Ring Stress!

I’ll be teaching my first webinar and I hope that some of you will join me!  The lecture portion runs approximately an hour and there will be time for Q and A afterward.   Topic: Denise Fenzi – Ring Stress: Understanding, Addressing and Avoiding It! Date:...

Yes, but.

On occasion I will encounter a hardworking, enthusiastic trainer with a truly challenging dog.  I have to think hard to come up with advice that will help the team establish a workable training plan, and even then, I often have doubts about how the team will progress,...

The value of video

Many people do not videotape their training.  Ever.  Not even when they have a specific issue. At first, it might seem daunting. But if you have a smart phone, which 95% of us do, then you can prop it up against a chair or on books or something, and try video taping...

From start to finished

Want to compete with your dog?  Here it is; twenty steps for any dog sport.  If you’re struggling with your training, you may find that your answer is in here too. Get a dog. Have that? Awesome. One down already. Get equipment. What do you need? A leash and...

Leadership: Management Training!

For my first post in this series on Leadership, I talked about the importance of reacting when things are happening around you, whether talking about a dog or a child. Few things scream lack of leadership like an absence of human direction, so avoid that! In the...

Leadership: A little bit of knowledge!

This blog is a continuation of my leadership series of posts.   Please see the last two to “catch up” if necessary. In my first blog of this series, I talked about the importance of reacting when things are happening around you, whether talking about a dog...

Leadership; Entry level Management

In my last blog, I talked about leadership. The importance of reacting when things are happening around you, whether talking about a dog or a child. Nothing screams lack of leadership like an absence of behavior or direction, so that is to be avoided. I also suggested...

Leadership

What is a leader? For my purposes as a dog trainer, it means the one who provides direction; the one who takes responsibility for making “it” happen; the one who takes care of the emotional well-being of the other. Unlike dominance, there is nothing...

Broad Jump Training

The broad jump is not one of my favorite exercises to teach.  However, I’m approaching it a little differently these days, having some success, and now I’m liking it better. Funny how that works. With Brito I shaped the broad jump, much as many people...

Brito’s Story and….Barking!

I did a Facebook live yesterday; below is a Youtube link to the conversation. The first 18:30 is a story out of Brito’s book – it’s basically how he ended up in my home. Go ahead and show it to your kids or enjoy a story for yourself. The rest is a...

Human Engagement

The following is a lecture from my Engagement class. A student asked me to make it a blog so that she could easily share it with her students.  Simple request – so here it is. The purpose of this lecture was to help people better understand how and why...

Does your dog prefer a toy or a cookie?

Many trainers, myself included, will ask you to rank your motivators.  We do this because we want to be able to strategically pair the value of the motivator with specific circumstances in training.  The basic idea is that more difficult work or effort would be paired...

Precision Heeling

If you’re interested in learning the skill of Precision Heeling, I’m teaching a class on just this topic starting June 1st, 2017 at the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  Registration is currently open.  Gold spots are full, but bronze is unlimited and at $65,...

Long Held Beliefs

Recently an article came out that challenged a very common dog training/raising technique. I’m not interested in discussing the merits of the author’s thoughts.  What I found much more interesting were the reactions of people reading the article.  I got...

Pinpointing source (Nosework)

Brito and I have been playing with Nosework, taught at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  So fun for everyone, especially my hunting Brito! Today we’re playing a game to help him learn to get as close as possible to the source of the odor. This unedited video shows what...

Learn your dog, Part 2

Last week I talked about watching my dog in a contained area, free to do as he chose.  I talked about what I learned and why I do it. If you tried that exercise and found it interesting, here’s another simple one to try.  If this one sound familiar, that’s...

Learn your dog, Part 1

These days I’m watching a lot of dog behavior. Let’s look: I can see that hunting is very important to Brito. He will do this for a very long time.  Can you see how he is determined to find the scent and pinpoint it accurately?  Can you see that he is...

Failure to Set-up for an Exercise

One of the common challenges that exhibitors encounter is dogs that refuse to “set-up” for work.  Maybe they have just finished the heeling pattern and are moving to the start of a recall and…the dog stands there, looking everywhere but at the...

Seminar dog? Or not.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of teaching at a dog training conference with seven instructors over four days. By the end everyone was pretty well exhausted.  Happy, but exhausted. We all experienced a lack of sleep and routine, erratic eating hours, unusually...

Following My Passion

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know that I’m passionate about cooking, and if you follow me here, then you know that I’m passionate about sharing information.  What you may not know is that I have a short attention span for most endeavors, roughly...

Is your Training In Balance?

Did you know that chronic “bad hair days” cannot be fixed by adding a generic potion from a bottle?  It’s true.  To fix a hair problem you have to know what problem you’re trying to fix.  The reason is that there are two basic causes of hair...

Tighter Criteria with Increased Arousal

Last week I showed the very beginning of asking Brito to heel for a ball reward.  It was sloppy.  He was happy.  I was fine with that. I allowed that until I felt he was very clear on the relationship between a tiny bit of work and receiving his toy, and then I...