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FDSA Training Camp 2019

Denise  Fenzi

Denise’s Bio and Sessions

about  Denise fenzi

Denise Fenzi has competed in a wide range of dog sports – titling dogs in obedience (AKC and UKC), tracking (AKC and schutzhund), schutzhund (USA), mondioring (MRSA), herding (AKC), conformation (AKC), and agility (AKC). She is best known for her flashy and precise obedience work – as demonstrated by two AKC OTCH dogs and perfect scores in both schutzhund and mondio ringsport obedience.

While a successful competitor, Denise’s real passion lies in training dogs and solving the problems that her own dogs and her student’s dogs present. She is a recognized expert in developing drive, motivation, and focus in competition dogs, and is known internationally as an engaging speaker and an expert in no force training for sport dogs. She has consistently demonstrated the ability to train and compete with dogs using motivational methods in sports where compulsion is the norm.

In addition to training and speaking, Denise is a prolific writer. You can find her at www.denisefenzi.com where she maintains an active blog on all things related to dog training. She is also an active writer on facebook; follow her there to learn more about her range of interests in addition to dog training. Denise and Deb Jones have recently finished a four book series, “Dog Sports Skills” which has received widespread acclaim in the dog sports community. In addition, she has written numerous books on her own, including “Train the Dog in Front of You,” “Beyond the Back Yard; Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere!” and, for the younger audience, “Blogger Dog, Brito!” Several of these books have won Maxwell awards for Best Training and Behavior book from the Dog Writers of America.

Denise thoughtfully and persistently works to break down the barriers that prevent people from obtaining a truly interactive and mutually enjoyable sport relationship with their dogs. Fenzi Academy is the culmination of her efforts as a forward step in providing progressive information to any trainer who wishes to learn.

2019  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

8:30AM – 9:00AM ET

Hall A & B

Welcome Session

Welcome from Denise and announcement of this year’s camp theme!

Day 1: Friday

11:00AM – 12:30PM ET

Hall B

Pocket Hand Heeling

Experience Level: All 

Pocket hand is a way of teaching heeling that allows your dog to use the angle and position of your hand to develop and maintain an exceptionally precise heel position. You’ve heard people talking about “pocket hand” for heeling, and now you get to see it in action! This technique will work just as well for retraining a 10-year-old dog as starting an eight week old puppy. If you’d like to learn more about using pocket hand, join Denise in this lecture and lab and have your dog heeling with finesse in no time!

Day 1: Friday

4:00PM – 6:00PM ET

Hall B

Toy Play

Experience Level: All

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 2: Saturday

9:00AM – 10:40AM ET

Hall C

Are you Ready for Obedience Competition? Lab

Experience Level: See Description

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 un-judged 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.

Day 2: Saturday

1:40PM – 3:40PM ET

Hall C

Engagement: Shifting the Power Dynamic

Experience Level: All

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 3: Sunday

9:00AM – 10:40AM ET

Hall C

Obedience Problem Solving 

Experience Level: Novice and Above

Having a problem with an Obedience exercise or part of an Obedience exercise? In this session, Denise will address any Obedience handling or training issues that you might have.

Day 3: Sunday

1:40PM – 3:30PM ET

Hall C

Advanced Toys Lab

Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Your dog plays with toys…awesome! Now you need some help with a few details. Maybe you can’t get your toy back. Maybe your dog is careless of your fingers or maybe…maybe it’s all pretty much perfect but you’re not sure how to add some work to the play.

This is the perfect lab if you have toy play but you’re looking for…more! If you need some refinement with the toy play itself or if you feel great about all aspects of your play but you’d like some direction incorporating that play into work, then this is the lab for you.

Day 3: Sunday

5:40PM – 6:00PM ET

Hall A & B

General Closing Session