Ring stress

Sue Yanoff, a student at FDSA and a longtime obedience competitor, wrote the following description of her journey to her CDX with her Beagle Ivy.    I asked Sue if I could share it here because in my experience, ring stress is the most common problem trainers run into...

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:...

The myth of ring experience

If I had a dollar for every time someone said they were showing for ring experience, I’d be a very rich woman. “Experience” can be a wonderful thing for creating comfort and enthusiasm for a task. When you train your dog on a regular basis and...

Reducing reinforcers/Ring Readiness

Today I had an opportunity to do a semi-formal run through.  I had a few interests: I wanted to test Brito’s heeling in a distracting environment and when being directed by a pretend judge.  Because I am not ‘training’ heeling and because I need to...

Preparing for Competition: Squishing!

As many of you know, I now teach classes on-line at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  One of the courses I’m about to teach is a Ring Confidence Class.  In the process of preparing for this course, I realized just how many behaviors we can teach our dogs in order to allow...