FDSA Training Camp 2019

Nancy Gagliardi Little

Nancy’s Bio and Sessions

about  Nancy Gagliardi Little

Nancy Gagliardi Little has been training dogs since the early 1980s, when she put an OTCH on her Novice A dog, a Labrador Retriever. Since then she has put many advanced obedience titles on her dogs, including 4 AKC OTCH titles, 6 UD titles, 3 UDX titles, and multiple championships in herding and agility.

Nancy is a retired obedience judge, having judged all obedience classes from 1986-2008. She enjoyed judging around the country and had the honor of judging 3 national obedience tournaments in Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina. She retired from judging to spend more time training her own dogs and competing in obedience, herding, and agility.

Nancy draws from her experience training and competing in multiple sports, which has given her insight into innovative and creative ways of training and handling dogs. She finds that most trainers have no issues training the “big picture,” but they tend to lose sight of some of the little details that are the building blocks to the communication and the relationship between them and their dogs. She loves working with very different challenges and trying to help people find a way to improve their communication with their partners.

Over the years, she has moved from a more traditional obedience training background towards reward based/positive methods in training dogs in all areas. As a result she understands the challenges faced by “crossover” trainers and dogs, and can help handlers find their way to newer and more positive training techniques.

Nancy’s website is www.endzonedogsports.com.

2019  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

11:00AM – 12:30PM ET

Hall E

Handler Choice Lab

Experience Level: All 

Each team will have 10 minutes of one-on-one time to work on whichever skills they choose.

Day 1: Friday

4:00PM – 6:00PM ET

Hall E

Figure Eights Lab

Experience Level: All

This lab will be an intensive focus on the Figure Eight exercise found in Novice and Open obedience, and all levels of Rally. Nancy will discuss and refine the skills necessary for a focused, precise, and joyful performance. Both handling skills and dog skills will be covered. Nancy will show you how she strategically builds the exercise once dogs have mastered good heeling skills. She will not be covering heeling foundation skills, so working teams should have good heeling fundamentals before attending.

Day 2: Saturday

11:00AM – 12:40PM ET

Hall B

Heeling Handler Choice Lab

Experience Level: All

Working spots will work one-on-one with the instructor for ten minutes.

Day 2: Saturday

4:00PM – 6:00PM ET

Hall B

Utility Problem Solving Lab

Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Having a problem with a Utility exercise or part of a Utility exercise? Do you need help with handling for Utility? In this session, Nancy will address any Utility Obedience handling or training issues that you might have.

Day 3: Sunday

9:00AM – 10:40AM ET

Hall B

Positions at Distance Lab

Experience Level: Intermediate

This lab will cover the position changes and it will be driven by the needs of the working teams. Working dogs should have fluent position changes (the changes the handler wants to work) on cue at a short distance. Nancy will problem solve any issues or iron out little details. This might involve going back to foundations, but the beginning stages of teaching the position changes will not be covered.

Day 3: Sunday

1:40PM – 3:30PM ET

Lecture Room

Ring Tips – LECTURE ONLY (No Working Teams)

Become better prepared for your ring performances with this lecture. Nancy judged AKC obedience trials and National Obedience tournaments for 20+ years. In this lecture, Nancy will cover some of the more common mistakes that handlers make in various exercises and what you can do to avoid these errors. Learn some things that can help you improve your performance. Hear some tips to improve your ring experience.