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...

The Power of Habit, Part 2

In my last blog I discussed the role of habit in our dog’s lives.  I focused on habits in relation to house rules and not to performance dog training and that was on purpose.  Now I’m going to switch gears a little because I often want my dog consciously...

Problem Solving: Straight positions at heel

One of the exercises in Level 2 of the on-line TEAM obedience program requires that the dog demonstrate position changes (sit, down and stand)  in correct heel position.  While most dog-handler teams eventually master the position themselves, many teams struggle to...

Is movement or stillness the solution?

I’m a huge fan of allowing a dog to take in an area before you begin to train. This is particularly true if your dog tends toward a more nervous temperament or if they are easily overwhelmed by the world. So how, exactly, do you allow your dog to take in the...

Habit by Enforcement or Management

In my last blog I talked about developing habits in your dog at a very early age so that eventually, specific bad behaviors don’t even occur to your dog. Let’s look at an example. I spent the past week with a friend and her 10-month-old Spaniel at a mutual friend’s...

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...