Show Don’t Tell: Games for LLW, Recalls, and More

Friday Oct 4

9:15 AM

Experience Level: All

Join Melissa for a session focused on games for loose leash walking, recalls, and building a stronger understanding of your cues… all done through games! During this session, Melissa will pull 9 games from her popular Pet Professionals Program presentation, “Show Don’t Tell – Games for Teaching Complex Ideas.”

Working spots will be split into small groups of up to 5 dogs and will get to play multiple games designed to build their dog’s focus in a group environment, teach loose leash walking skills, and take your dog’s recall to the next level! All games are adaptable for both beginners and advanced students. The only prerequisite skill is that students should have at least introduced dogs to the idea of coming when called for a cookie.

Auditors get to see how games can elevate training in a group situation so that everyone — dogs and handlers alike — have a good time and are successful. We’ll also briefly discuss some of the psychology behind the games and why they work well for the human learner while also setting the dogs up for success.

Presenter Bio

Melissa Breau

Melissa (she/her) is FDSA’s resident marketing geek. She is the owner and primary designer of Click and Repeat, a marketing agency that offers web design, logo design, and marketing coaching for dog trainers. She also co-owns Dog Trainer’s Umbrella, which is dedicated to helping bust the myth that dog trainers have to choose between doing what they love and making a good living. As part of her work with DTU she helps run the facebook group DTU: Marketing & Running an R+ Dog Business.

She teaches several marketing classes here at FDSA, including: Marketing for Pet Professionals and Building a WordPress Website. In addition to her marketing classes, Melissa teaches FDSA’s Treibball Classes and workshops, and created the Pet Professional Self Study presentation, Show Don’t Tell – Games for Teaching Complex Ideas (without Delving into the Science).

In addition to teaching, she hosts the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast, coordinates webinars and workshops, handles much of FDSA’s email marketing, and completes other random odds and ends as needed. She is currently owned by a 2-year old lab named Huey, a 6-year old English cocker spaniel named Levi, and a small tuxedo kitty named Piper. Melissa’s GSD, Riley, who had a championship in treibball, passed away in March of 2020. You can learn more about Melissa on her website: