Instructor: Heather Lawson
Note: Week one class lectures will be released on June 1st but your instructor will not join the classroom until Monday, June 4 due to participation in the FDSA Training Camp. This class will be extended to July 15th to allow for this delay.
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 Level 1. 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, Recalls, Fronts, Distance work, Targeting, Jumping, 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.
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, CKC 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 12:00 Noon Pacific Time.
Enrollment limits: Gold: 12 students, Silver: 12 students, Bronze: unlimited.
Gold Level includes access to all course materials and the ability to post questions and videos to the course forums. Students will receive instructor feedback on written and video assignments.
Silver Level includes access to all course materials and the ability to participate in the discussion forum. Students may ask GENERAL questions about course materials and may submit two, one-minute videos for instructor feedback. Any questions specific to your dog MUST be accompanied by a video.
Bronze Level includes access to all course materials and the ability to read all questions and answers posted in the class forums. Students will not post questions or submit written or video assignments.
For more details, refund policies, and answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.
There is a wide, wide range of skills required in TEAM 1 as such students should not expect to cover everything in one go. The format will, where ever possible, follow the order of exercises as you would find them in the TEAM Test. Gold students - you have the option to work on whichever skill(s) you wish from the current or previous posted weeks. The syllabus listed below may be adjusted prior to June 1st.
1: Engagement 'n Play, Pivots & Pirouettes, Fly Around
2: Position changes (close up 'n far away)
3: Heads Up, Hand & Body
4: Front, Jump, Back-up
5: Vertical target, Stays
6: Auto leave it, Scent articles
8: Troubleshooting before testing
- Human Be Still - Be Consistent
- Heel Position
- Where you place your reward matters
- Know your job before you add the dog
- Are you ready to test? Know the rules & criteria
No experience is necessary to start. This is a Foundation level class and therefore an introduction to the steps for each skill/exercise required in Team 1 Levels video title submissions.
Any equipment you will need will be solely dependant upon which skill/exercise you wish to tackle, the level you and your dog are currently working and what you wish to put your focus on. If you are seeking to work in a specific obedience genre you may want to consider integrating the same equipment you will eventually be using to trial.
Below is a short list of equipment you'll need. A more detailed equipment list will be available in the course material but this list should help to get you started in your collection prior to beginning class:
Clicker (if you use one)
Target (vertical touch target & foot target)
Cone or Jump stanchion (vertical object go around)
Platform (rectangular approx. 4" high, slightly wider than the dog & long enough for dog to comfortably stand and/or down on)
Pivot or Perch Pot (i.e. large bowls, phone book (taped))
Scent Articles - any type (obedience articles, canning rings, metal tins, or any other type of small container and odour if you use it.
Jump (preferably adjustable, can be any type of jump as long as it meets criteria of height & width of TEAM)
Mirror is handy to check your positioning (long one - if you have one available for viewing human/dog position)
A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ...
Oh, too much fun! This was my first Gold and you totally nailed it for me. I felt a little bad that I wasn't as detailed as some folks when I posted videos. Since I'm not a "competition person"--sometimes I felt like I didn't even know enough to know what I should be asking about, so I just sorta hurled video at you and said "Huh? What now?" But I loved the feedback I got--always plenty to work on, but not so much that it freaked me out or I got overwhelmed. That's a lot of behaviors to cover, and I thought you broke it down beautifully. Thank you for making my first Gold a success!
Thank you for your attention to detail in presenting the course materials as well as individual feedback, and the enthusiasm you have for student progress.
Loved her clear, relatively concise lectures (and short videos) that explained exercises from the ground up (like what is Marking, and why do we teach it, what are its applications?), and at the end Heather provided a section on the Final Picture. Super helpful to include this basic information so the student understands why she's doing a particular step, where it's leading, and the final goal. Heather is an excellent teacher.
I enjoyed the class and particularly liked the very detailed feedback I got from you. You came up with a lot of little tweaks to my training technique, which I could definitely use.
I love Heather's teaching style. I learned a lot. thanks Heather!
Team is such a fantastic program! Thanks FDSA for providing such great instructors to help work through the starting levels. There is soooo much to learn and this class really helps.
I like the online idea as I can go over it several times. The course was very useful and covered the topic really well. Good product. Jess L