Reactive dogs in Mexico

This is a rather poorly named post because there were no reactive dogs in Mexico. Not one. Not one snark. Not one growl. Not one lunge.   Moreover, the dogs at the conference where I taught looked perfectly happy and relaxed. So many new friends to play with!  All...

Wait. I’m not the perfect trainer?

I got the following response to a recent blog: “I’m pretty sure I’ve heard YOU use No Reward Markers in your training.” I have no idea how to respond to that. You should see what I do when a squirrel cuts across the front of my house and all...

Training: Open middles or tight edges?

You are preparing your dog for competition, and you are at the point where you take your dog to novel places to practice. If you do obedience or rally, that includes jumps, signs, etc.  For agility, you’ve packed up a few jumps and a travel board and whatever...

What is trial readiness?

When I say a dog is “trial ready”  I mean that he is fully prepared to compete and has a good chance of being successful at a real event. That means that my dog is comfortable in crowds, can handle the pressure of the competition ring, and is not relying...

Dogs shows are for…who?

Training dogs is fun. Obviously I like training dogs or one hopes I would have found a different direction in life.  And I’d like to believe that my dogs think training is fun too. Indeed, I go to a good deal of effort to make it fun for them. So how about dog...

Basic foundation behaviors for all dog sports

Not sure what to do with your new puppy that is destined for dog sports? Take a look at this recent Facebook live on the topic. I explain what I teach and why I teach it.  It applies to all dog sports, so take a look if you need some inspiration about where to start!...

Reducing Reinforcement

Reducing reinforcement – another HUGE topic!  If you’d like to learn more about it, take a look at the facebook live I did yesterday. And on a unrelated note, Fenzi Dog Sports Academy’s 5th annual dog sports training camp will be held in Lebanon,...

The Forest? The trees? How about…both!

You’re trying to solve a problem.  Where does one start? If the problem is common, save yourself some trouble and use known and effective common solutions. For most problems, there are approaches that will work for the 90 percent.  The more of these you pick up...

Eight days of Wink

Have you seen this video? It’s about 2 1/2 hours of unedited training with a puppy who was visiting me last year.  There is a ton to be gleaned from this so if you have some free time go ahead and take a look. I explain in the Youtube description what I cover in...

A “good enough” dog person

I read an article today called The Good Enough Parent is the Best Parent. Feel free to take a look.  The gist of the article is that perfection is a bit of a curse. The author, Dr. Peter Gray, writes (quoting another…gets complicated here…) ...

Reducing Possession for Tug Toys

You read about dogs who don’t play tug and you shake your head. Dogs that don’t play tug? That makes no sense because your dog has never seen a tug toy he didn’t love.  As a matter of fact, he loves them so much that he doesn’t bring them back...

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...

I’m scared. I need you right now.

You’re walking on the beach with a trusted friend.  In the distance, you notice something coming towards you. You’re not sure what it is, but you can feel your adrenaline rising. As it comes closer, you realize that it has six legs, is furry, and has just...

Facebook Live: High Drive dogs

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about high drive dogs called ” why did he chew off his tail and break his teeth?”  I was asked several follow-up questions on Facebook, and I agreed to do a Facebook live (which you will find here) to discuss some of the...

Fear: Just a little bit closer….

You’re not too fond of spiders, especially the big, hairy ones!   Not to the point of phobia or panic, but they make you uncomfortable, and you do not want to see them in your house. And yet there it is, on your bedroom wall.  What do you do next? A typical...

“Choice” in training for dog sports

If “choice” and “consent” are the future, what might that look like when applied to dog training for dog sports? The following videos show Brito choosing his motivators, choosing his work and Denise combining them in various forms for...

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...

Barking

I recently offered a quiz about “all things Fenzi and FDSA style training” on the FDSA Facebook business page.   I tested general dog knowledge along with training tips that are rather specific to me.  I’d like to talk about one of the questions and...