Denise Fenzi’s


What was wrong with the handling in the last blog?

I was asked about my handling in my last blog.  What was wrong with it? I'm not aligned.  I was trying to stay in camera range so my head (gaze), shoulders and feet aren't aligned. Here's the video to refresh your memory:'s a still shot of me from this...

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Differentiating and applying “types” of training

In my mind, training divides up into a few rough types - and I treat them differently.   Competition training is focused on achieving very specific behaviors performed in a very specific way.  I don't want my dog doing much guessing about what I want, so I tend to...

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How does one create flow?

My last blog was about keeping your feet moving and getting your exercises to flow together.  Here's a short video taken for Instagram (has to be one minute! I failed!) - of flow in heeling.  What to look for: Feet are moving.  Everyone's because that's the way...

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Keep the feet moving! Get those exercises flowing!

  Keeping your dog engaged in training can be a challenge. Food is fine, toys are fine and picking work that dogs like is fine too.  Now, in addition, consider this simple phrase: 'Keep the feet moving!" Who's feet are we talking about? It doesn't matter much but...

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Over threshold

What does it mean when we say a dog is "over threshold?" It means the dog is over the optimal level of arousal to learn or perform. As with all terminology, the exact meaning will vary according to the culture you are speaking within. A person in the protection sports...

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