FDSA Training Camp 2018
Join Denise and the other FDSA instructors for three action-packed days of Obedience, Rally, Agility, Nosework, Freestyle, and Rally-FrEe, in lectures, labs, and more! Denise is presenting at FDSA Training Camp 2018, presenting at least twice each day.
Day 1 – Friday, June 1st
Welcome Talk (8:30am-9:00am)
Denise will welcome attendees to camp and share this year’s theme.
Are You Ready for Obedience Competition? (11:00am-12:30pm)
Ring readiness isn’t just about the exercises. It includes getting into the ring, setting up and waiting for the judge, moving between exercises, handling the loss of food and toys in competition and a plan for leaving the ring. In this lab, each team will complete a formal “run through” for the individual Novice or Open exercises. However, the focus of Denise’s feedback will not be the actual exercises; instead she will focus on the unjudged elements that can make or break a team’s run. For example, Denise might comment on the need for more connection entering the ring, along with some simple ways to get it, rather than providing advice on improving the team’s heeling skills. This lab is appropriate for teams that are close to being ready to compete at either the Novice or Open Level.
Engagement: Shifting the Power Dynamic Lecture and Lab (4:00pm-6:00pm)
Most sport training for competition dogs is focused on getting behaviors and preparing to trial. By using food, toys and personal play, we can convince our dogs that working with us is a lot of fun! And this is perfect…. until it’s not. It’s time for you to stand back and let your dog push you! Push you to train. Push you to work. Push you to bring out the food and toys. Engagement training is the process of moving responsibility for work from the human to the dog. No more begging. No more bribing. A simple and respectful way to engage your dog. A dog that understands engagement will take opportunities to work when they arise and will remain focused and engaged throughout the session.
Day 2 – Saturday, June 2nd
Heeling Lab (9:00am-10:40am)
Working spots will work one-on-one with the instructor for ten minutes.
Toy Play Lecture and Lab (1:40pm-3:40pm)
This lab will help you develop excellent toy play with your dog. Denise will introduce both the mechanics and the qualities of the dog-human interaction that can make toy play either highly enjoyable for both parties or an absolute misery. Toy play is not simple! It is fascinating and complex and subtle and, best of all, it can be learned! Whether your dog shows absolutely no interest in toys or is a rabid tugger who simply refuses to return to re-engage, Denise can improve your game.
Day 3 – Sunday, June 3rd
One to One (9:00am-11:00am and 1:45pm-3:45pm)
Students will get 15 minutes of individual attention with Denise to work on the topic of their choice.
General Closing Session (5:40pm-6:00pm)
Denise will share some closing remarks, and will announce next years date and location!
For more information, or to register, please visit www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com.