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Denise Fenzi Seminar: Engagement, Toy and Personal Play SATURDAY, WORKING SPOT

  • 25 Feb 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
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Registration begins November 14

This seminar combines topics of toy play, personal play, and engagement.  For the toy play portion of the seminar the emphasis will be on excellent toy play—building toy drive in softer dogs or dogs that show limited interest, and building control in stronger teams.  The personal play portion introduces different ways to play with a dog that does not involve food or toys. For the Engagement portion of the seminar the emphasis will be 1) helping dogs become comfortable in new spaces via acclimation, 2) giving dogs the freedom to ask to work and 3) asking for increasingly more of our dogs (eye contact, personal play, and finally, work) before a classic reward such as toys or food show.  This seminar also helps participants understand personal play with their dogs. The end goal is a dog that is extremely comfortable in a working space, and who drives the handler to create interaction and work.  This seminar includes lecture, a PowerPoint presentation, and working time with a limit of 10 working dogs. 


About Denise:

Denise has been training and titling in schutzhund, obedience, tracking, agility, conformation and herding for over 25 years. She has had multiple HITs in both obedience and schutzhund. Denise finished her Belgian Tervuren Raika’s OTCH in 2011 and her Belgian Tervuren Cisu’s OTCH in 2012. Both dogs earned many HITs and HCs along the way. Denise is the founder and head trainer at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. She has co-authored two books with Deborah Jones Ph.D., Dog Sports Skills; Book 1 Engagement and Relationship and Dog Sports Skills; Book 2 Motivation.

Denise’s positive training methods are widely recognized for producing dogs with exceptional attention, accuracy and enthusiasm for their work. She uses her extensive knowledge of canine drives to motivate the dog and turn training into a positive experience for an enthusiastic and accurate performance. Rather than teaching you how to train specific exercises, Denise will teach you how to understand the work from your dog’s point of view so that you can become a problem solver for your dog!

For more information about Denise visit her websites at

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