The Power of Habit, Part 1

Each day I wake up, go into the kitchen to feed the dogs, head to my computer where I clear my email and do a few routine tasks, take a shower, etc. The first hour or two of my day I think very little because my behaviors are largely driven by habit. Habits make life...

A Correction: To make sorry or make right?

In general, the verb “correct”  means to make something right after an error is identified. Most of us perceive it as a learning opportunity but with some emotional baggage attached.   For example, if your teacher corrects you repeatedly in a short period...

Structure your learner for success

Before you teach, you need to create a plan that will allow for a successful teaching situation. When your learner is engaged and happy and wants to be with you, training is easy. It only takes a few minutes to communicate new ideas effectively if the learner is...

Is Leadership taken or given?

Some super interesting questions emerged after I wrote my last blog on “What is Leadership.” Let’s start with this one: Does the leader take control or does the follower give control?  I see this as a chicken or egg situation, so let’s take a...

Understanding Leadership

How does one define leadership? I have tried, with limited success, to come up with a workable definition. It’s sort of like talking about love… What is love? How does one define it? What does it look like? Tricky. Here’s my best stab at defining...

Just on the Edge of Suck

Do you struggle to increase criteria in training? Stuck in a comfortable rut? Julie Flanery has written a guest blog for us this week on exactly this topic; read on! Just on the Edge of Suck  by: Julie Flanery I’m going to a new gym. It’s not like any gym I’ve been to...

Socialization and Early Training

I am often asked how we should socialize our dogs so that they will grow up as well adjusted as possible. I think the answer is both simple and intuitive: The same way you socialize your small children. I know that many of you don’t have children but work with me...

The NEW Dog Sports Trainer Certificates at FDSA!

We did another thing at FDSA! If you are a goal-oriented sort of person, and if you take classes at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, you may want to check out our new certificate program which combines the formal education provided by FDSA with an applied skills component...

Will you give me your email address for FDSA?

I’m running a contest for a free FDSA class for this term (enrollment closes tomorrow!) or for August – you can choose!  I’ll draw a winner tomorrow evening. I want your email address so that I can send you information about FDSA, but only if you...

the BEST way to train

If I am shaping a retrieve and my dog moves her mouth one inch from the dumbbell to half an inch, then I am closer to my goal.  I will mark and reward. But consider this. Rather than watching the dog’s mouth in relation to the dumbbell, someone else might be...

Free classes at FDSA

My guess is that most people who follow this blog know that I own an online school. It’s called Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, and we are currently registering for the February Term. We average about 40 classes each term, and cover pretty much everything from...

Play. And….shameless advertising.

On and off I’ve talked about play on this blog.  Maybe more on than off. I happen to find the topic completely fascinating – You and your dog; interacting in a manner that is interactive, rewarding and joyful.  Maybe using toys or food but often with...

Lyra – Week 1, Day 4

Sleep is improving by the hour!  I still have to get up every few hours to let her potty, but the screaming is minimal now. Today she visited my son’s school.  We went early in the morning, so there were very few kids around.  After 10 minutes I took her home....