Published every Friday, the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast is brought to you by the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. Each episode of the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast will feature an interview with a leading name in the competitive dog sports training world, talking in depth about issues that often get overlooked by traditional training methods.
Nicole Wiebsuch and Petra Ford joined me to talk about what goes into training fluency that will hold up under the pressures of competition.By Melissa Breau
Julie and I talk about what shaping is, and how to use it effectively and efficiently... including putting behaviors under stimulus control!By Melissa Breau
Denise Fenzi, Nancy Gagliardi Little and Megan Foster join me to talk about working with a dog sports coach — the differences between a coach and a trainer, the advantages to having a coach, and how to get some of the benefits even if you can't find one.By Melissa Breau
Laura and I talk about how sniffing can help dogs help from trauma and how it's critical for all of our dogs — because it's one of their key senses!By Melissa Breau
Heather Lawson, Julie Symons, and Ashley Escobar join me to talk about how they handle it when their dogs are stuck indoors for an extended time... and what they train when limited to a small(er) training space.By Melissa Breau
When your dog has big feelings it can often inspire big feelings in you, too. In this episode, Hélène Lawler and I talk about how handlers can bring their best selves to the training picture by diving into their own big feelings.By Melissa Breau
Many students take classes both online and in person — so how do you make the most of both options and integrate both into your training?By Melissa Breau
Lucy and I chat about the skills your dog needs to hone to learn to track, and she answers that frequently asked question: Can you dog do both nosework and tracking?By Melissa Breau
As our dogs age their needs and preferences change; Erin and I talk about what it takes to keep senior dogs fit in mind and body, and how to decide when it may be time to retire them from the sports you both love.By Melissa Breau
Kellie Snider helped develop the Constructional Aggression Treatment as part of her thesis in grad school — today, she joins me on the podcast to talk about what it is, how it works, and why negative reinforcement, in this case, gets an undeservedly bad rap.By Melissa Breau
Can you, should you, teach toy play with food? Sara's answer is a resounding yes — in this episode we talk about why and how.By Melissa Breau
Dr. Jen joins me this week to talk about the growing awareness of chronic canine pancreatitis and for a discussion on behavior disorders in our dogs.By Melissa Breau
Nicole joins me to share her inspiring story and how she's handled health setbacks in her multi-dog, competitive agility household... including how she's preparing for additional months of restricted (human) activity.By Melissa Breau
Training and trialing with our dogs isn't always easy — Petra and I talk about how to handle it when errors happen, and what it's like to stick with one goal for 6.5 years.By Melissa Breau
Today Megan and Liz join me to talk about the role of handler fitness, handler skill building, and contact behaviors in agility!By Melissa Breau
What's the difference between impulse control and stimulus control? What about when we throw "zen" behaviors into the mix? Deb and I talk about all that and more in this week's episode!By Melissa Breau
Loretta and I talk about what it takes to create the balance needed for a responsive agility dog — including how to rehab things!By Melissa Breau
Join Andrea and I as we talk about how to recover when things go wrong — whether that means a bad training session or a bad trial!By Melissa Breau
In this episode Sarah and I talk about the common thread that seems to run through everything she teaches — the idea of loving the dog you have, while also trying to help them become the best version of themselves.
Understanding the role stress plays in training and living with our canine partners is essential to optimizing our lives with them! Agency provides one of the most powerful options for empowering our pups and creating an optimistic dog.By Melissa Breau
Have a dog with big feelings? Julie and I talk about the upcoming conference, and her journey to becoming a certified control unleashed instructor!By Melissa Breau
In this episode I chat with Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, about what it's like to be a general practice vet right now and how you can do your best for your dog despite long appointment wait times. We also chat about her upcoming webinar on emergencies on the go and her class on behavior disorders!By Melissa Breau
Join Erin, Sara, and me for a conversation about all the ways we can play with our dogs in the water, including Paddleboarding, SUP-ing, and Dock Diving!By Melissa Breau
Stacy and I talk about what it's like to compete in agility with little dogs who are not a "traditional" sports breed.By Melissa Breau
Join Julie Daniels, Sophie Lui, Karen Deeds, and Sharon Carroll for a chat about living with and loving dogs with big feelings — and for a sneak peek at what each will cover during their sessions at our upcoming conference.By Melissa Breau
Join Chrissi Schranz, Deb Jones, PhD, Julie Flanery and I for a discussion on the fundamentals of positive training — including the things most trainers overlook when working with their canine partners.By Melissa Breau
It's never too early to begin building a positive conditioned emotional response to the ring. Laura and I discuss exactly how to go about that in the latest podcast episode.By Melissa Breau
Sara and I talk about training for Mondio Obedience - including who can compete and how varied the trials can be!By Melissa Breau
National Agility Competitor Dresden Graff joins me to talk about his training journey and share some tips for training the see-saw when you have a more sensitive dog.By Melissa Breau
Ever wondered how The Play Way differs from other methods for treating reactivity? Amy and I talk about how she developed the ideas from her work on her PhD in Psychology.By Melissa Breau
Common advice is that a green dog just needs more ring experience but... is that really true? What's going on when a dog gets gradually worse the more they compete?By Melissa Breau
Ashley and I talk about what led her to become interested in fitness and she shares why cavalettis are such a powerful tool for canine fitness.By Melissa Breau
What skills do you need as you build from the basis to more advanced levels in nosework? Stacy and I talk about breaking that down and more — PLUS we share an exciting new announcement from FDSA!By Melissa Breau
Your dog's structure factors largely into how long they can compete in dog sports — this week Dr. Chris Zink and I talk about how to judge structure in a puppy when choosing your next sports partner!By Melissa Breau
Walking into the competition ring comes with pressure! Petra and I talk about how to create a positively conditioned emotional response to pressure... and how to prep for Utility with your obedience dog!By Melissa Breau
This year is the 6th anniversary of the founding of the Fenzi TEAM titles program — and we take a look at how it's grown and reveal a new, up-and-coming addition!By Melissa Breau
Often referred to as dogs that "chase," predation in dogs can be frustrating — Simone and I talk about what's really going on and what you can do about it.By Melissa Breau
Julie Symons joins me to talk about nosework, obedience, and the pros and cons of training for multiple sports!By Melissa Breau
There are a ton of different methods out there for working with reactive dogs — how do you decide what to use when and with which dog? Karen and I talk about in this week's podcast.By Melissa Breau
Jake Schneider joins me to talk — we discuss how to stop your dog from biting your hand instead of the toy and add value to yourself even when there's something else valuable in the environment (like a decoy!).By Melissa Breau
Description: Sara Brueske joins me to tell me why she teaches toy play with food — and all the benefits that come with it.By Melissa Breau
Description: Shade comes on the podcast to talk about training toy behavior to create cooperative play, and the process of shaping heelwork.By Melissa Breau
Today Marjie and Denise join me to talk about what's new at this year's Lemonade Conference and why it'll be the last annual online conference.By Melissa Breau
Many dogs find teeter and weaves are some of the harder agility obstacles to learn — join me, Megan, and Barbara for a conversion on how they approach training them!By Melissa Breau
Description: PAALS founder Jennifer Rogers joined me to talk about how she got involved in assistance dog training and what PAALS seeks to do today.
Description: You may have heard of Look At That (LAT) but have you heard of LATTE? Leslie joins me to talk about her latest game for working with dogs who need a little extra structure to be successful.
Description: Erin and I chat about what it takes to keep our aging dogs living their best lives — and how even small adjustments can make a big difference in their lives.
Description: In this episode I catch up with FDSA founder Denise Fenzi and share a bit about what's happening behind the scenes at the school and what folks should keep an eye out for next year.
Description: Dr. Daniel Promislow joins me today to share a sneak peek of his Lemonade Conference talk and share his research on aging and his work with the Dog Aging Project.
Description: Amy teaches three different classes, each with a very different approach — in this episode we talk about the what and why of each.