I’m a bit behind, but Episode 6 of the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast has been released and I wanted to share a few of my favorite excerpts from my interview with Nancy Gagliardi Little.

Nancy Gagliardi Little has been training dogs since the early 1980’s when she put an Obedience Trial Championship or “OTCH” on her Novice A dog, a Labrador Retriever. Since then she has put many advanced obedience titles on her dogs, including 4 additional AKC OTCH titles and multiple championships in herding and agility.

Nancy is also a retired obedience judge; she retired from judging in 2008 to spend more time training and competing with her own dogs.

A few great takeaways from our interview:

“I started training obedience with traditional methods […] I was pretty successful using them, but then one of the last conflicts for me in the quest for me to make life more enjoyable was just addressing the way I was training my dogs.”

“There’s so much about coaching that parallels the way I train my dogs because I expect and focus on their excellence too. I believe in my dogs — I always believe in them. […] Those are all things that my dad taught me through the way he coached his players.”

“Another important thing is just to be your own dog’s advocate in the ring. Just making sure that if something is going on that you step in and take control. Just because somebody’s telling you not to do that — just make sure you do what’s good for your dog.”

Click here for the Podcast site, with the full transcript and videos on how to subscribe if you’re new to podcasts.