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About dfenzi

I'm a professional dog trainer who specializes in building relationship in dog handler teams who compete in dog sports. My personal passions are Competitive Obedience and no force (motivational) dog training. I travel throughout the world teaching seminars on topics related to Dog Obedience and Building Drives and Motivation. I own Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, a comprehensive online school for motivational training of performance sport dogs.

Play for everyone!

I think playing with dogs is a really good idea. When people play with their dogs, they like them better.  They smile more.  Their dogs start to look towards them more easily and frequently. In short – it’s just nice. … Continue reading

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Teach your dog Not to Steal Your Things!

Today’s guest blog is brought to us by Mariah Hinds, CPDT-KA of Orlando Dog Manners and More in Orlando Florida.  Thank you Mariah!  This is a topic that most people struggle with as they raise their new family companions, so it’s … Continue reading

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Building Bridges

Yesterday I spent some time looking at the Facebook pages of other dog trainers.  I saw videos that were new to me, became re-acquainted with some “oldies but goodies” and had a chance to hear different points of views on … Continue reading

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To Own A Dog

Think about this for a minute. What it is to have a dog, another species, for a friend.  A companion who will be there with you, day after day, asking little more than something to eat and a safe place … Continue reading

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Positive Paralysis – Now what?

You’re picking up after the kids in the family room when you hear sounds coming from the kitchen….where your dinner roast is cooling on the countertop.  You have a sinking feeling that your dog is about to make a meal … Continue reading

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Simplophile or Complexophile?

These two words were recently added to my vocabulary by a fellow dog trainer.  In a nutshell, the idea is that people have a natural tendency to make topics either simple or complex as a personality trait. I am a … Continue reading

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Clicker, Marker Word or…cookie!

Which is best; a clicker, a marker word or just handing over a cookie when the dog does something which makes us proud? Ask yourself what are the goals for the training session. If you’re working on simple classical conditioning (for … Continue reading

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Moments of Pride

Someone working through my Distraction Training Program asked me recently, “When working distraction training with pet dogs, when should the student be instructed to mark the correct behavior?” I’ll address this based on how I think and problems solve – as … Continue reading

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Reactivity: Training vs. Management

Today’s blog comes to us from Dr. Amy Cook of Full Circle Dog Training in Oakland, CA.  Amy specializes is working with dogs that exhibit reactivity, which makes her the perfect person to help us understand the very important distinction … Continue reading

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Introducing A New Dog to the Household

Most “dog people” have multi-dog households.  In the ideal situation, you will be introducing two “dog friendly” adult dogs, or a dog friendly adult to a well socialized puppy, with relatively little or no concern for the introduction.  Even so, … Continue reading

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