OB260: Advanced Confidence Building for the Obedience and Rally Ring

Instructor: Denise Fenzi

Course Details

This course adds additional people, dogs, challenges and more complex exercises to the ones introduced in the prerequisite course, Confidence Building, Part 1!

Each of these exercises is designed to target a specific aspect of the competition ring.  We will consider the role of additional people, dogs and environmental distractions to our work.  While most of the exercises will continue to focus on creating a super bright and positive attitude towards the ring, we will now add some work within the ring, so the dog can become comfortable either playing or working in a competition setting.

THIS CLASS ASSUMES AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM OF TWO PEOPLE PER EXERCISE, and many require more!  Each concept will offer a basic training version and then a series of challenge versions.  There is no requirement or expectation that all working teams be able to perform every challenge exercise.  As always, handlers will be encouraged to work at the right level for thier dog. There is no expectation of keeping up with the other dogs in this course or even within their group.

Each week you will be given a series of skill challenges to try out with your training friends!  The lectures will help you set up exercises to maximize the chances of success and will also present options for addressing failure, when it occurs.  Familiarity with the techniques offered in Ring Confidence Part 1 will be assumed and referenced, and will not be reviewed in this class.

When you and your dog have mastered the exercises in this course, your team should be ready for the realities of competition! 

Note:  Gold level Teams were arranged in advance to accomodate the need for groups.  As a result, open enrollment will be for Silver and Bronze level spots only.  There will be a total of 7 people working at the Gold level.

Want to see what you might be doing in this class?  Check out this promotional video!:


This class has been retired and will not be offered "live" again. You can purchase the lectures from the last time the class was run below.

For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.


Week 1 Skills:


The Basic Warmup

Basic Attractive Object Distraction Game

Basic Human with Food Distraction Game

Lecture:  How to Use this Class


Week 2:


Judge Games

Environmental Distraction Games

Silence and Staring Games

Lecture:  Options for Handling Errors

Week 3:


Dog Distractions Games

Crowded Ring Entrance Games

Noisy and Hyper Games

Lecture:  Adding Work in the Ring and Easy/Hard work


Week 4:

Object Transfers

Metronome Heeling Games

Judge with Recall Games

Lecture:  Moving Rewards outside the Ring


Week 5:


Judge and Heeling Games

Stand for Exam Games

Figure eight Games

Lecture 5:  Putting everything together


Week 6:


Review and "catch-up"


Prerequisites and Equipment

Confidence Building Part 1 is a prerquisite for this class
Bridging the Gap, Part 1 and 2, are very helpful but not required, for this class

Working teams of a minimum of two people with an unlimited maximum.  Five people or more is ideal.

Baby gates or a ring set up ( minimum entrance, ideally a partial ring)

Card table


dumbbells/leashes/ring objects

toys/food for proofing games

empty crates

stuffed animals

unusual clothing (capes, trenchcoats, costumes, hats, ties, umbrellas, etc.)

Training area approximately 1/2 size of an AKC ring or larger


If you have not taken the pre-requisite class, OB160, you can buy just the lecture portion of that class at the Prerequisites Purchase page.