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Puppy or Piranha? Interactive Strategies for Raising, Training, and Enjoying High Drive, Enthusiastically Biting Dogs

May 8

6:00 pm PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: IAABC, KPA


A common reaction to one’s first working breed dog is, “What did I get myself into?!” Yet, handlers who choose to stick with these dogs fall in love with them; they love their intensity, energy, phenomenal rate of learning and sheer enthusiasm for working, at which point they cannot imagine having any other type of dog. How does one go from feeling like you are living with an angry piranha to embracing the best dog you’ve ever had? This talk will offer specific advice to help you (and your clients) learn how to play with and manage high drive dogs. Denise will emphasize specific strategies for developing personal and toy play, handling tantrums, recognizing where these dogs will be particularly challenging and give hope to even the most discouraged handler!

Presented By:

Denise Fenzi

Denise Fenzi (she/her) has titled dogs in obedience, tracking, schutzhund, mondioring, herding, conformation, and agility. She has two AKC obedience champions, perfect scores in both schutzhund and Mondio ringsport obedience, and is well known for her flashy and precise obedience work. Her current young dog is Dice, a working-line Belgian Tervuren destined for Mondio ringsport competition.

While a successful competitor, Denise’s real passion lies in training dogs and solving the problems that her own dogs and her students’ dogs present. She is a recognized expert in developing drive, motivation, and focus in competition dogs, and is known internationally as an engaging speaker and an expert in no-force training for sport dogs. She has consistently demonstrated the ability to train and compete with dogs using motivational methods in sports where compulsion is the norm.

In addition to training and speaking, Denise is a prolific writer.  You can find her at where she maintains an active blog.  She is also active on facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy and her new business, “The High Drive Dog” are the culmination of Denise’s efforts to provide progressive information to any trainer who wishes to learn.