Bio

Judy Keller has owned and trained Shelties for more than 20 years. She has been most successful with Morgan, her once in a lifetime dog. Judy and Morgan represented the United States three times in world agility competition, and were on the gold medal winning mini dog team in 1998. Judy continues to enjoy training and showing in agility, even though multiple sclerosis has added significant challenges to pursuing her favorite activity. She has also successfully competed in obedience and rally with several of her Shelties.

Along with Deb Jones, Judy developed the FOCUS training system (Fun, Obedience & Consistency leads to Unbelievable Success!). This system provides an effective and positive framework for teaching dogs to develop both motivation and control. Together, Deb and Judy have taught FOCUS seminars, workshops, and classes. They have also written two books (In Focus and The Focused Puppy) and developed 4 DVDs (Foundation Focus, Need for Speed, Crying for Control, and Focused Obstacle Skills) all produced by Clean Run Productions.

Their website is www.k9infocus.com

Judy's Current and Upcoming Courses

FE120: Performance Fundamentals

  Not sure which class to take first here at Fenzi Academy? Well, this one is a great place to start! This class is all about the foundation concepts and skills that wil...

February 1, 2019

FE415: Zen Logic - Making Sense of Self Control

What is Zen Logic?  The title Zen Logic has two meanings.  First, Zen Logic is a training approach based on the concept that giving up what you want can lead to an e...

February 1, 2019

OB540: Shaping the Competition Retrieve

In this class we will work through all the steps and fine details required to develop a precise and reliable competition-level dumbbell/scent article/glove retrieve. We will ...

February 1, 2019

FE105: Get Focused!

Instructor: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller Do you struggle to keep your dog engaged and attentive in training? Does your dog find other dogs, people, or even smells on th...

April 1, 2019

FE340: Beyond the Basics: Shaping Advanced Skills

Instructor: Deborah Jones, Judy Keller We hear it all the time!  "Shaping is hard!"  "Shaping is boring!"  "I don't have the patience for shaping!"  ...

April 1, 2019

FF180: Yes Please! Cooperative Canine Care

Instructor: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller Can you draw blood from a whale without force?  Yes, you can.  What about put eye drops into a sea lion's eyes w...

April 1, 2019

FE205: Focus Games

Instructors: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller Focus: everyone wants it! But do you know how to get it? This course will help you develop basic focus and a great working relatio...

June 1, 2019

FF190: All About Nails

Instructors: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller   You asked for it; you got it!  By popular demand we are now offering a husbandry class strictly focused on feet and nail...

June 1, 2019

FE120: Performance Fundamentals

  Not sure which class to take first here at Fenzi Academy? Well, this one is a great place to start! This class is all about the foundation concepts and skills that wil...

August 1, 2019

FE415: Zen Logic - Making Sense of Self Control

What is Zen Logic?  The title Zen Logic has two meanings.  First, Zen Logic is a training approach based on the concept that giving up what you want can lead to an e...

August 1, 2019

BH420: From Shutdown to Superstar!

Instructors: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller

October 1, 2019

FE105: Get Focused!

Instructor: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller Do you struggle to keep your dog engaged and attentive in training? Does your dog find other dogs, people, or even smells on th...

October 1, 2019

FF180: Yes Please! Cooperative Canine Care

Instructor: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller Can you draw blood from a whale without force?  Yes, you can.  What about put eye drops into a sea lion's eyes w...

October 1, 2019

FE205: Focus Games

Instructors: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller Focus: everyone wants it! But do you know how to get it? This course will help you develop basic focus and a great working relatio...

December 1, 2019

FF190: All About Nails

Instructors: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller   You asked for it; you got it!  By popular demand we are now offering a husbandry class strictly focused on feet and nail...

December 1, 2019

OB540: Shaping the Competition Retrieve

In this class we will work through all the steps and fine details required to develop a precise and reliable competition-level dumbbell/scent article/glove retrieve. We will ...

December 1, 2019

Contact Information

Have a question about an upcoming course taught by Judy?  Not sure if your dog is suitable for a specific class?  We welcome you to contact instructors by email to make sure the course is suitable for you and your dog. 

Judy's email is jksmudgie@aol.com

Student Testimonials

I was impressed with how involved and in depth the instructors were with each of the gold level students. Very labor intensive but I learned a great deal because the instructors went so in depth.  Diane H.


The instructors were great and gave honest and very helpful feedback.  Jody and Ursa


FOCUS was a very important class for us.  We worked on 12 exercises over 6 weeks.  The first exercise seemed so basic that I thought “piece of cake.”   Click and treat rapidly 10 times while the dog is oriented to you.  It just wasn’t that simple.  Several weeks later many of us were still struggling with the unfamiliar (to me) concept that we were conditioning an attitude not a behavior, such as “watch me.”  Deb and Judy patiently explained the same concepts over and over until we began to get them.   At Judy’s suggestion I worked Exercise 1 many times in our entry way, where our dog is hyper-sensitive to the environment outside.   As a result, we have gained calm and FOCUS out the front door for the first time – no whining, no drama!   This is the foundation that we were missing.  I hope to take the class a second time and will definitely continue to work the exercises.  The lectures were well-constructed, and the individual feedback thoughtful and thought-provoking. Although the response rate of the students was especially enthusiastic, I appreciated that the class itself proceeded methodically and slowly with plenty of time to digest the material.


My first Fenzi course was Performance Fundamentals with Deb and Judy. What a great course! I learned a lot and really enjoyed the exercises. Judy and Deb provided great, timely feedback. This was a super course for anyone interested in performance events in the future. Every lesson was well thought out and there were thorough videos and explanations for each exercise. Griffin and I had so much fun with the class. Highly recommended! Kelli Whitfield


Deb and Judy are fantastic instructors. I appreciate the flexibility, and plan to enroll in another round right away to keep going. This course is great fun for both me and my dog. I always felt welcome to ask questions, and fully appreciate the constructive feedback.