OB110: TEAM Sports Foundation: Level 1 and 2

Instructor: Laura Waudby

Course Details

This class is all about foundations! Start a new dog on the right foot or discover missing pieces in your training. This class is designed to cover all the exercises in TEAM levels 1 & 2. The TEAM program lays out the building blocks for developing very solid behaviors that the dog can perform in a variety of unique presentations!

The 10 skill areas assessed in TEAM include: Engagement and Focus, Heeling, Recalls, Fronts & Finishes, Distance work, Targeting, Jumping, Retrieving, Scent Work, and Impulse Control. The individual pieces of exercises are broken down for you in manageable steps! Introducing all the core areas from the start makes sure that obedience remains fun for both the dog and the handler!

This is an introductory course and makes no assumptions about your dog's prior knowledge.  If you already have a solid start on most of the TEAM behaviors and you want to focus on fluency, cue discrimination and other advanced concepts, then consider taking Deb Jones's "Like Clockwork - Advanced Obility" class.

This class can help you prepare to title by video in TEAM or simply give you an excellent set of foundation skills for any dog sport or competition venue such as AKC or FCI obedience, freestyle, etc.

For more information on the TEAM titling program, please visit www.fenziteamtitles.com


There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Registration will begin at 11:00AM PDT.

Enrollment limits: 12 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze-level spot you can register any time during the registration period.


Because of the wide range of skills, students are not expected to master all 10 areas of of focus in roughly 15 skills.  About 3-4 skills will be introduced per week and gold students will have the option of working on any of the skills discussed from the current week or previous weeks.  

Syllabus is expected to change many times between now and August 1st! Roughly the skills taught will be:

Week 1:  Engagement, Paw targets, Auto leave it, Fly 

Week 2: Retrieve, Mark, Pivot for Heelwork, Stay 

Week 3: Front, Jump, Scent articles, Back up 

Week 4:  Vertical target, Position changes, Finishes

Prerequisites and Equipment

This is a FOUNDATION level class designed to introduce the beginning steps for each of the areas up to the point that the TEAM level 2 test includes.  No experience is neccessary to start!

Equipment needed is dependant on which skills each team wants to focus on.  Ideally teams will have access to:

- Platform for fronts and finishes (approximate size just barely longer than the dog is wide and long enough for the dog to stand on)

- Perch for pivoting (round bowl, phone book, brick...)

- Dumbbell or retrieve object

- Large cone or other object for dog to circle around

- Foot target for position changes (PVC box, larger platform, front foot target...)

- Altoid tins, flat metal electrical plates, canning rings, or any other type of article for teaching scent discrimination.  Ideally a flat surface for dogs to learn a nose target indication but retrievable items can also work for many dogs.

- Jump (formal obedience/agility jump OR creative jumps such as a broomstick, log....)


Course Testimonials

 Brand new course starting August 2016.  

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