Kamal Fernandez started training in 1991 after getting Scrunch, an independent and free-willled Chow-Chow mix. Like many other first time dog owners, Kamal found himself in for a rude awakening when he got her - Lassie she was not! You name it, Scrunch did it – running away, biting, resource guarding, nervous aggression – Scrunch did it all!
Scrunch prompted a trip to Newham Dog Training Club at Eastlea School. And so began an epic journey into the world of dog training which has taken Kamal from a dog who wouldn't come back when she was called to competing in the Obedience Championship at Crufts!
Since this humble start, Kamal has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the leading lights in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor. This thirst for knowledge combined with his job as a police officer, working with young offenders, and studying psychology has contributed to his dynamic and innovative teaching style and his ability to get the best from his pupils, whether human or canine!
With over 20 years of practical dog training experience, based on a combination of science and hands on experience, Kamal has established a reputation for positive training and has championed the use of reward based methods all over the world.
Kamal's Current and Upcoming Courses
Current and Upcoming classes
- OB530: FCI Style Heeling starting on February 1, 2017
OB530: FCI STYLE HEELING
Really enjoyed this course. Video clips were easy to understand and follow. Suggestions and comments offered by instructor were helpful. This course answered a lot of questions I had about teaching a young dog the heelwork position. The methods used are very positive and would recommend to anybody who is wanting to do competitive obedience. Nicky R
Highly recommended - this class splits criteria very small and can be adapted for any style of heeling.
I really enjoyed this class. I have been doing heelwork for years but found this to be a new and exciting approach. I am a dog trainer professionally and Kamal's methods were effective and easy-to-understand for a wide range of students. I now use them in my classes. Amy W.
I really loved the FCI Style Heeling Course with Kamal, I had a great time learning new technics and watching other students progress through the exercises. This was my first course on Fenzy DogSports Academy and I will definitely enroll on more obedience courses. Thx Denise and Kamal for the wonderful course ! Nuno Pereira & Safira
Kamal is the king of UK heelwork and I love the way he teaches it. It will take some time till I get a decent heelwork but thanks to this class it's doable in a clear way that is also fun for both dog and human.
OB535 - Advanced FCI Heeling
I loved the course and the video material and since I found it very helpful I also bought the previous course to catch up on some details. That helped me a lot to finally understand a system that nobody before had bothered to really explain to me.
I have loved my two classes with Kamal. The lectures and vids have been fantastic. Very creative and very motivating. Wonderful experience.
Kamal is an amazing instructor. Really pulls the best out of every team.
OB538 - FCI Heelwork Polishing, Refining and Games - December 2014
Although only bronze level for someone of Kamal's calibre to share his training 'secrets' so willingly indicates a comittment to dog welfare in the world of obedience.
I enrolled in Kamal's first heeling class at bronze then this one. The progress some of his students made is phenomenal! He makes the work so much fun and breaks everything down into tiny bits. Had me laughing out loud at some of the exercises he got the students to do. Definitely makes heeling fun! RoseL
I started this course as I felt it would help me gain more motivational skills with my young, not very motivated collie bitch. We have thoroughly enjoyed the course content and Blossom's motivation for heelwork has improved fantastically plus we have a stronger bond as dog and handler. I will continue to use all the games and approaches in this course in our training ! Fiona P
Excellent course. Great content and challenges with lots of ideas to keep training fun and also keep it progressing. Helpful for new ideas of things to do to keep training fun. Helen H