Monday, January 15, 2018

Fenzi TEAM Titles for Advanced Obedience Training

By Erica Pytlovany

Ready for advanced obedience training and want ideas for what to do next?  Let's look at one option:  Fenzi TEAM Titles (

Fenzi TEAM TitlesTEAM stands for Training Excellence Assessment Modules, and is made up of 6 levels of video "tests" for foundation through advanced obedience training skills.  Levels 1 - 3 are Sport Foundation, and build valuable sport skills from formal obedience to rally, freestyle, or even agility.  Levels 4 - 6 are Obedience Master and practice complex behavior chains, reduced reinforcement, and a high degree of fluency and discrimination.

What I like about the TEAM program:
  • Sensible progression of skills, starting with a range of basic foundation items and layering of new challenges at each level
  • Modular structure makes it rewarding to work on individual pieces of a complicated exercise so that it doesn't feel overwhelming
  • Completing the video test is hard! If you plan to compete in live trials, the tests are a better simulation than you might imagine
  • Don't get a successful video?  No problem, try again tomorrow.  If you mess up in a live trial, you have a long drive home, and you might wait weeks to try again.
  • Tests require that you are very specific about your cues and your treats, so you are pushed to practice clean handling and mechanics
  • Don't care about the video tests? Most of the skills still have practical, "real life" application, so you can still use the structure and the checklist
I suggest the program if you are interested in any dog sports. If you want to compete in formal ring obedience, I'd consider this "a must".

Cheat sheet for Level 1 exercises - right click to enlarge. 
Formatting credit to Emily Gaydos

Examples of passing Level 1 videos:

Jan & Sky:

Janet & Teddy:

And before you ask: No, you do not have to be a poodle-owner named Janet in order to play.

Want to try it?

WOOFS! Dog Training Center is not affiliated with Fenzi TEAM Titles or the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

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