Food Play – “Prey Hand”

In my new book with Deb Jones titled: Dog Sports Skills Book 3: Play!  we discuss a food play technique that uses food called “Prey hand game”.  Those of you who have taken seminars with me may recognize this as “Wiggle Wiggle”.  You can find...

Play?

I recently asked for blog post suggestions and several of my facebook friends suggested exploring the topic of ‘play’. Great topic!  Important!  Teachable!  But way too big to attempt in a blog post, so if you’re really interested in developing your...

Building Engagement Through Play!

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I’m a huge advocate of playing with dogs regardless of your sport or personal interests. I also know that many people are a bit stuck.  Stuck on where to begin.  Stuck on how to progress. Good at one type of...

Food!

I know that 90% of you take food training for granted.  Food shows up and your dog gets happy.  For most people that is a good thing, since food is the easiest way to rapidly acquire a range of behaviors needed for a performance dog. I have one of the 10% that...

Play – Give and Take

Today I began my student’s lesson with the following directive: “Heel with your dog for two minutes without using a food or toy reward.  You may talk, play, put hands on, and make the heeling as interesting as possible.  At the end of two minutes, you may...

Balance – food and toys

For every one person who asks me about building food drive, nine people will ask me about how to build toy drive.  Why is that? For starters, there is probably a strong genetic component.  A newborn puppy has the drive to eat or it dies.  That’s a...

Lyra 5.5 months – play as ????

Playing with a mouthy puppy is different than playing with an adult, and takes a fair amount of trial and error to figure out what works best. I don’t get upset with Lyra for biting when we play; I simply stop moving and wait for her to let go.  At this point,...

Juno – play as movement

Juno’s style of play is yet again different from Cisu or Raika; her style incorporates elements of each of the other dogs. Juno’s natural style of play with other dogs is chase; chase and be chased.  Since I choose not to chase dogs, Juno has to chase me....

Lyra 13.5 weeks – play to work to play

Lyra has made great progress in her play and work skills. She consistently returns her toys to me – all types of toys including tug toys and stuffie toys. She knows what play and training are, and she puts herself into drive when we head for the training field....

“One Day of Brito”

Recently I did eight days of unedited video with puppy Wink.  That unedited video compilation demonstrates how I choose to approach teaching play as an interactive and choice based game with relatively few rules.  You can see changes in her behavior over time. Today...

What is Relationship?

I recently had the privilege of working with a dog/handler team that had particularly good interpersonal play skills. Without using food or toys, this handler could engage her dog for several minutes at a time. Further, she could then ask the dog to work for her in...

Training Taffy?! Facebook live

I admit it. I’m a little obsessive about dog training treats.   Not so much what goes into them, as in figuring out how to make the perfect one. And I just might have it. Training Taffy. Check out the following Facebook live: Improvements since I did the...

The future of progressive dog training

In the not so distant past, most of us considered pressure to be physical, in particular in relation to our dogs but also in relation to our children.  Dog won’t sit on cue?  Push the dog’s rear end down and pull up on the collar.  Dog doesn’t come...

Balance – Trainer and Student

I have lots of opinions about how dogs “should” be trained.  I prioritize toys and play over food, speed over accuracy, short sessions over long ones, etc.  At the same time, I also have a range of students in both private lessons and in seminars with...

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...

Are we having fun yet?

What does positive reinforcement based training mean to you? For some trainers, it means a lot of cookies and maybe throwing a toy into the mix on occasion.   I see that kind of training a lot. As a matter of fact, it’s the most common type of positive...

I have an old dog

I have an old dog. When did she become old?  Maybe it started with the decline in her manners. Doesn’t she see me standing here as she pulls something out of the trash?!  Maybe, but it doesn’t matter because she knows I won’t enforce the rules and she can’t hear me...
WEBINAR: Puppy Socialization!

WEBINAR: Puppy Socialization!

Most of us recognize that socialization is critical to raising a confident and well adjusted dog; now let’s consider how we might make the best use of this limited window of time. Let’s ask questions! Should our puppies interact freely with anything they want? Does...

No. Don’t do that.

If you were standing in the kitchen with your two-year-old and you noticed that they were about to climb on top of your kitchen table, what would you do? You would probably say something along the lines of “uh uh” and remove them as they climbed up the...

Self Study B

self-study classes Self study classes contain lecture, video material and structured activities to help you with your training.  There are no interactive forums. Below is a list of currently available classes – click on the button beneath each class for an...