Crispness and Anxiety: Is there a relationship?

by Denise Fenzi* | Jun 24, 2019

I’m on a roll with this crispness topic!

I have talked about the importance of being crisp in training. Crispness provides clarity to our dogs which in turn reduces frustration and allows our dogs to feel confident in their situation. I want my dogs to know when they are working, when they are relaxing and about to work, and when they are not working at all -at which point I want to see them sleeping.

Sleeping in public? Yes, dogs sleep in public perfectly well – if they know that is expected! And how does one communicate when it is time to sleep? When dogs know nothing else is going to happen and when they are crated with reduced stimulation (covered) then sleep comes naturally, because that’s what dogs do when nothing is happening!

Crispness in training allows dogs to conserve their energy. It naturally teaches them to sleep when the time is right for sleeping.

But there’s more to it. In addition to giving you a crisper performance when you are working and helping dogs sleep when there’s no reason to be awake, crispness provides huge emotional benefits as well. Specifically, crispness allows a dog to be mentally calm – clarity provides that. And the opposite of mentally calm? Continue Reading →


Free. New. Worth your while. Why not?

by Denise Fenzi* | June 22, 2019

It is common for individuals to struggle in the space between basic manners for a dog and understanding the underlying science and more sophisticated training concepts required of both professional trainers and sport dog enthusiasts. FDSA-PPP is trying to help with that.

Here is an e-book for you. It’s free! Initially, we designed it to be a six week long class of FDSA, complete with photos, videos, and lecture. But we decided that the information was sufficiently important that we should simply give it away to anyone who wanted it.

If you’d like to further education, take a look. You can read it online or you can download it to your computer. Your choice.  Share with those who might benefit – they have nothing to lose either.

Enjoy. Free BookBeyond the Basics

*Post and Book re-posted with permission of Denise Fenzi



Thanks to Denise Fenzi for Sharing


Denise Fenzi heel We want to give a big THANKS to Denise Fenzi for allowing us to repost her blogs for our audience.  She is also allowing us access to some of her resources which we will provide in later posts.

Denise’s site describes her as a writer, story teller, dog trainer, free spirit, entrepreneur, and advocate for people and animals – in no particular order.  Denise is best known for her flashy and precise obedience work, as demonstrated by two AKC OTCH dogs and perfect scores in both schutzhund and Mondio Ringsport obedience.  She has also titled dogs in obedience, tracking, schutzhund, mondioring, herding, conformation, and agility. You can read more about Denise on her blog.



Donation in Memory of Elena Gregory


Healing Companions, Inc would like to thank the Gregory’s for their very generous donation in memory of Elena.  We are honored to be chosen for such an important tribute.  In response to their loss, Janet and Tony Gregory have started a foundation in her honor.

Elena’s mom sent us this note with their donation:

ElenaMy name is Janet Gregory.  My husband, Tony and I tragically lost our beautiful daughter, Elena Nicole, on April 11, 2019.  Elena suffered from severe anxiety, panic attacks and depression.  She always cared about those less fortunate than herself, and the stories are numerous on how she provided support to others, all the while suffering herself.  She had a love for animals, especially dogs.  Our own rescue dog, Zola, has provided us all with emotional support while trying to move forward since this great loss.


After Elena’s passing, weset up a 501(c) fund in her honor through the Community Foundation of New Jersey.  Our hope for this fund is to keep Elena’s passions alive through supporting other established non-profit organizations to help to make the world a better place.  During my research, I came across your Healing Companions website.  We feel that your cause and how it helps so many fits perfectly with what we are trying to do.

On behalf of CFNJ-Elena Gregory’s “Arms Wide Open” Fund, we have made a donation toward your honorable cause.  If there are other ways in which we can provide support, we would be very interested to hear about them.

Thank you,  Janet and Tony Gregory

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