Denise Fenzi has titled dogs in obedience (AKC and UKC), tracking (AKC and schutzhund), schutzhund (USA), mondioring (MRSA), herding (AKC), conformation (AKC), and agility (AKC). 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.

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 on all things related to dog training.  She is also an active writer on facebook; follow her there to learn more about her range of interests in addition to dog training. Denise and Deb Jones have recently finished a four book series, "Dog Sports Skills," which has recieved widespread acclain in the dog sports community.  In addition, she has written additional books on her own, including "Train the Dog in Front of You," "Beyond the Back Yard; Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere!" and, for the younger audience, "Blogger Dog, Brito!"  Several of these books have won Maxwell awards for Best Training and Behavior Book from the Dog Writers of America.

Denise thoughtfully and persistently works to break down the barriers that prevent people from obtaining a truly interactive and mutually enjoyable sport relationship with their dogs.  Fenzi Academy is the culmination of her efforts as a forward step in providing progressive information to any trainer who wishes to learn.

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Student Testimonials                

Denise doesn't take a cookie cutter approach to training but finds just the right pace and focus for every team she is working with, setting dog and handler up for success. There is a ton of information in the lectures and videos - enough to keep students busy training even after class has ended.          

I have been amazed at Denise's perception and her advice to each of the Golds. The dogs in class were so different, all with different personalities and in need of very different paths to the goal of engagement.          

Denise makes every student feel special. She has a wonderful positive attitude and provides precise, detailed critiques that encourage success. The course is more than a series of is the basis of transformation of dog + handler into a team, and building upon the skills that create and nurture that relationship.  Thanks, Denise! Ana C.

My first time of enrolment with Fenzi Academy with two rescue hounds, beagle and a harrier. As bronze participants and novice backyard training partners, I found that myself and both dogs achieved each outcome successfully. With great concise guidance from Denise Fenzi. This style of training suited both dogs as they continually worked with great focus. This has been such a rewarding experience. Thank you for sharing. We will continue on learning as silver or gold candidates. Julie E.

Taking a course with Denise has given me a different perspective on training.....she pushes you to take responsibility as a handler and this strengthens the bond between you and your dog. Priceless. Heather L.

Denise gave excellent feedback; I loved that she identified behavior at specific times on the student videos and said when something worked well as well as made suggestions for when it didn't or could be improved. She also took care to understand the dog's temperament and interactive style, encouraging the student to do things that were reinforcing to both the handler and the dog. Hers was not a cookie-cutter approach but focused on skills that enhanced the handler's relationship with his/her dog. I learned a lot and have had fun doing the activities on my own with my dog. In only a few weeks I can see that she is able to play more readily and comfortably in new environments which in turn enhances her focus and engagement in these contexts. Christine G.

The lectures and Denise's clear comments on videos and replies to questions made me feel like I had my own personal trainer on site. I found Denise to always be so positive, kind and supportive in response to everyone's videos and questions. And such a sense of humour :) I certainly would recommend this course to others!!! THANK YOU for everything Denise! Judy B.

As an inexperienced handler with little competition experience, I was nervous. There was no need to worry. Denise accepts her students, canine and human, right where they are. She is very clear that you don’t have to keep up, make comparisons or master it all in the 6 week session. Her feedback is prompt, frequent and right to the point. As she discusses areas that need work, she is encouraging and reinforcing. I always felt like wagging my tail and working harder after every interchange. Getting to know and watch the other students is fun and instructive. I am looking forward to taking classes regularly through the Fenzi Academy. And I highly recommend that you go for the gold! Sandy H.

Denise is an incredibly knowledgeable instructor and dog training. In conveying her thoughts, she is thorough and easy to understand. Her videos for this course were incredibly helpful and extensive. I am thrilled to have the Library which I will be reviewing regularly. Sandra G.

Denise's courses are very well thought out and offer excellent written and video materials. While I am a balanced trainer I can always find nuggets of information which I can adapt to my training style. NANCY R.