Features January 2013 Issue

Positively Winning!

Trainer Denise Fenzi, of Woodside, California, breeds, trains, and shows Belgian Tervurens.

Positively Winning!

Being successful in the obedience ring without ever using compulsion-based training methods is challenging – and very rewarding.

The team glides across the obedience ring with the precision of Olympic synchronized swimmers. As the handler strides into the 180-degree about turn, the dog remains in perfect heel position. There’s an obedience title at stake, and so far, the team is on-course to qualify. And then it happens: the dog misses an exercise. The team has just been disqualified. There are two extreme alternate endings to this scenario.

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