FDSA Training Camp 2020

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. Her dogs have been nationally ranked in the top 3 placements in obedience and agility and have earned multiple placements in national agility and obedience competitions.

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.

She started out training her dogs more traditionally in obedience. But she has dramatically changed all training into reward based/positive methods. 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

2020  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

11:00AM – 12:30PM

Energy Games Lab

Experience Level: All 

Training and competing with your dog is demanding and can deplete energy and focus – even with dogs that have lots of energy. It’s important to be able to balance the precision and focus your dog gives you in training with games that keep them excited and energetic. In this lab, we’ll look at games that you can add to your training to help keep the energy level and focus at optimal levels in your dog.

Day 1: Friday

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Open/Utility Handler Choice Lab

Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced 

Having a problem with an Open or Utility exercise? Do you need help with handling for Open or Utility? In this session, Nancy will help you one-on-one with any Open or Utility level obedience exercise.

Day 2: Saturday

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Agility Walking the Course Lab

Experience Level: All

Do you walk courses and find that you don’t execute those handling decisions when you run your dog because you are not in position or you mistimed a turning cue?  Then this session is for you.  Learn how to use those 8 minutes of your walk through to develop a plan that you can successfully execute.  Teams will then have a chance to run the course with feedback.

Day 2: Saturday

4:00PM – 6:00PM

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 3: Sunday

9:00AM – 10:40AM

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.

Day 3: Sunday

1:40PM – 3:30PM

Heeling Handler Choice Lab

Experience Level: All

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