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Online Classes At Fenzi Dog Sport Academy

My online classes are conducted through Fenzi Dog Sport Academy.  With online classes you get access to full step by step lectures on how to teach the topics, problem solving common issues, and plenty of video examples!  You can digest all the information while sitting at home in your pjs and refer back to the information as often as you need!  Classes run for 6 weeks but you keep access to the lectures for a year (or 1yr past your last FDSA class.)


For more information on how the classes are run, please visit the FAQ page at FDSA.


Current Session's Class- October 2023: 
Bye Bye Cookie

TEAM 4+ 
(Handler's choice  class for TEAM,
open, utility...)


Ring Confidence for Obedience, Rally, and Agility

Create a solid ring preparation routine to prepare a young dog for trialing, or fix ring stress and focus issues with dogs who have already started competing.  The most important class I teach!  If you are struggling with getting your dog to perform in the ring the way they do in practice then this is the class I recommend!

Next Class Starts December 1, 2023

TEAM Foundation Classes

Building a solid foundation to prepare your dog for any sport!  With particular focus on the obedience and rally foundations to compete in the TEAM program or for AKC, CDSP, UKC, CKC, WCRL and other obedience and rally organizations. 


This program offers step by step instructions on how to teach every obedience exercise!  We break it down into the smallest pieces so that even if you are new to obedience you will feel confident in teaching the exercises!  In the first level we start with everything from pivoting in heel position to go outs and scent articles!

You do NOT need to be active in the TEAM titling aspect to join the classes.  While familiarity with the test items is preferred, there will be a list of prerequisites to join each level class.  Many students will take the TEAM classes to prepare for other obedience organizations!

TEAM 1: Next  Class Starts Dec 1, 2023

TEAM 2: Next  Class Starts Aug 1, 2024
TEAM 3:  Next Class starts June 1, 2024

TEAM 4 & More : Next Class Oct 1, 2023

Bye, Bye Cookies: Hello Remote Reinforcement!

A class looking at getting happy and confident performances when your rewards are located off your body and at a distance. We will also focus on how to train around distractions so your dog can focus even without a cookie in your hand!  If you’ve ever said your dog only does it when you’re holding the reward in your hand then let’s work together to fix it!

Next Class starts Oct 1, 2023

From TEAM to Trials: Building Chains for the Novice Ring

Have you been working on TEAM 1 and 2 skills and feel a bit lost on how it actually prepares you for trials?  Or have you entered your dog's first trial and it didn't go quite as planned?

This class looks at filling in the gaps for both you and your dog! We will look at how to take those foundation skills from TEAM and start putting it together for progressing your pivot skills to focused heeling ,and looking more at fronts and finishes!

In addition we will talk about specific ring preparation behaviors such as setting up for each exercise, transitioning between exercises, and leaving the rewards outside of the ring.   For handlers new to competing, there will also be lectures on what to expect at obedience trials and how to warm up your dog to compete!

You do NOT need to be active in the TEAM titling aspect to join the class.  While familiarity with the test items is preferred, there will be a list of prerequisites to join the class.

Next Class starts February 1, 2024

From TEAM to Trials: Building Chains for the Open Ring

This class takes the TEAM level 1 & 2 foundations and discusses how to take build them into the formal exercises that appear in most Open level obedience trials.


We will discuss how to combine multiple skills together to work on exercises such as a drop on recall, retrieve over the high jump, and the command discrimination exercise.


We will also take a look at what other TEAM skills can be used to help break these exercises down such as cone sends, backing up, and reverse sends!

You do NOT need to be active in the TEAM titling aspect to join the class.  While familiarity with the test items is preferred, there will be a list of prerequisites to join the class.

Next Class starts Aug 1, 2024

Stand With Me

This class will help you with getting a confident stand for exam for obedience, conformation, or agility measuring!!  Whether your dog is nervous with the judge approaching or wants to smother them with kisses, we will discuss teaching our dog that this is not about "petting." This will help greatly with their confidence and staying in work mode for the exam.   We will not only build a positive association to being approached but give the dog an opt-out system to let us know if we pushed things a little bit too far with their comfort level.

The class also goes over ALL things stand! How to teach a stand at a distance, how to teach a moving stand, and even working on backing up for application to distance work.

Retired Class.  Available for Self Study

Articles From the Ground Up

If you are new to obedience scent articles or struggling to fix a problem I have in depth lectures to help!  Let's break it down and build your dog's confidence!

Retired Class. Available in Self Study!
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