Online Classes

Megan offers online classes, webinars, and workshops through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.

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Wide variety of topics

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Online learning that works around your schedule

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Coaching tailored to you and your dog!

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Unlimited Auditing

Online Coaching Program

ON-GOING GOOGLE CLASSROOM FORMAT 

This online classroom brings Megan’s in-person classes to the virtual world. Megan breaks her training into four key areas: Essential Skills, Handling Skills, Obstacle Skills, and Ring Prep Skills. Content is added on a regular basis, so that whatever level your team is at, there is something for you to be working on! The content should be used as a guide to your training, and Megan’s individualized coaching will progress you as needed!  

January 2021: Click the button below to email Megan to inquire about the program and see if it’s right for you! 

 

AG365: AGILITY HANDLER MECHANICS

6-WEEK ONLINE CLASS
April 1 – May 12, 2021

 

Do you constantly get the same feedback from your isntructor over and over again? Does learning new handling techniques feel like a game of twister while running full speed? Breaking new skills down into smaller pieces is NOT just for teaching our dogs new skills: it’s for YOU too! Agility handler mechanics are the micro-skills of handling. They are the key movements that come up again and again in every technique that we learn. When these movements are in automation, learning to put those movements together into techniques takes less time and less frustration for everyone involved. 

This class isolates the agility handler’s physical cues, training them without the dog. Class participants will develop an understanding of how dogs respond to our physical cues and how to use those cues more effectively on an agility course. By isolating common movements, we will develop fluency in your communication with the dog. The handler who takes this course will be better prepared to teach their dog the skills necessary to confidently follow their handling.

Students will hone their eye, feet, and upper body cues neutral to any handling system. You will learn about the timing of cues, the position of your cues, and how to reward your dog for following those cues. As the class progresses, students will learn how these isolated movements can be combined to form common handling techniques and how to walk courses more effectively to reduce errors when adding the dog to the equation. 

This class is appropriate for any level agility handler, including those brand-new to agility. Since we are working without dogs, proper agility equipment and field access are not required. 

WW:229 HOW TO HANDLE ERRORS IN AGILITY

1-WEEK ONLINE WORKSHOPS 
April 4 – April 11, 2021 

It’s time to change how we think & feel about errors! What is an error anyway? An error is simply an unexpected response to a cue! Our ability to respond to errors in a predictable way promotes clarity in training and competition.

In this workshop, students will learn how to constructively handle a variety of “unexpected responses” in training and competition settings. Our goal will be to avoid frustration and demotivation in our dogs when repeating obstacles or sequences and improve our loopy training in the process.

 

Balancing Act: Obstacle vs Handler Focus in Agility

FDSA Webinar: 4/15 @ 6pm PT  

What is obstacle focus? What is handler focus? How much do we need? What do we do if one is too high? What do we do if one is too low?
We need our dogs to love the obstacles and to want to take them, but we also need to maintain enough handler focus to be able to guide them to the correct places. What does it look like when the scales aren’t balanced? It can look like a dog that is “blowing you off” to take off-courses, or it can look like a dog that stops short of taking the obstacles as you start to move away to the next part of the course.
When the scales are balanced, we see a dog that is quickly moving from one obstacle to the next, committing to what is on their line, easily adjusting their stride when asked to turn; almost as if the dog is reading the mind of the handler.
Agility has a lot of different elements, all happening at a fast pace. What you want your dog to focus on and what your dog naturally wants to focus on may or may not be in alignment. This webinar will unpack the questions above and provide training strategies to help teams develop and maintain the optimal obstacle/handler focus balance, including training habits, handling habits, and things to look for in our dogs’ behavior to know when things are getting out of balance.
This webinar is suitable for all levels of agility enthusiasts, instructors, and competitors.

 

Balancing Act: Building Obstacle Focus & Commitment

FDSA Workshop: 5/23 – 5/30 

This workshop is for the dogs that tend to get more refusals on the agility course than off-courses. These dogs LOVE to follow their handlers, but they often pull off of a jump at the last minute, or commit to obstacles at the last possible moment. This presentation will break down why dogs lack obstacle focus and provide a blueprint for increasing obstacle focus and boosting your dog’s commitment to the obstacles as you, the handler, focus on providing timely information and leaving to get to your next position on time.
We will cover:
Obstacle vs handler focus
Commitment
Keeping commitment
The handler’s role vs the dog’s role
Training for increased obstacle focus
Maintaining a high enough obstacle focus
& More!
Content is appropriate for teams looking to increase their dog’s obstacle focus OR teams looking to build an appropriate amount of obstacle focus. Exercises will include flat work as well as short, small sequences. 3 jumps & 1 tunnel is ideal, with a 40x40ish space, but the flatwork takes a lot less space!

 

Balancing Act: Increasing Handler Focus on the Agility Course

FDSA Workshop: 6/20 – 6/27 

This workshop is for dogs that tend to rack up more off-courses in the agility ring than refusals. These dogs LOVE agility obstacles and immediately commit to the first obstacle they see, and sometimes some extra ones, too. This presentation will break down why dogs lack handler focus and provide a blueprint for increasing handler focus and boosting your dog’s ability to follow your handling on the agility course.
We will cover:
Obstacle vs Handler focus
The handler’s role vs the dog’s role
Testing your dog’s handler focus
Training for increased handler focus
Maintaining a high enough handler focus
& More!
Content is appropriate for teams looking to increase the amount of handler focus their dog has OR teams looking to build the appropriate amount of handler focus. Exercises will include flat work as well as short, small sequences. 3 jumps & 1 tunnel is ideal, with a 40x40ish space, but the flatwork takes a lot less space!

 

About Synergy Dog Sports

Committed to providing a supportive learning environment for learners at both ends of the leash, Megan works with each team as individuals, bringing them to the next level no matter which path you choose to take with her: in-person classes, seminars, online classes, or 1-on-1 coaching.