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Tampa Dog Trainer Brenna Fender: What is UpDog?

4 Way Play Frizgility 10361263_1512780378945583_2448123466868105570_nTampa Dog Trainer Brenna Fender: What’s UpDog?

UpDog is a brand new dog sport organization created by Kat and Jack Fahle, Andrea and Jason Rigler, and Babz Mahony. These dedicated disc doggers wanted to expand their favorite sport to include a wider variety of dogs – and people – than seen at typical disc dog events. Traditionally, while many people enjoy games with discs in their yards, only athletic dogs of certain body types and handlers with great disc throwing distance and skills are very successful at disc dog competitions. UpDog organizers wanted to change that. “We feel that everyone should be able to participate in the game of disc. It’s one of the most fundamental things people do with their dog – play fetch. As such, we’ve created games that allow all levels of people and dogs to play. We’ve helped make the sport more beginner friendly by creating games that incorporate short tosses, by allowing the use of soft discs, rollers [discs that are rolled on their sides rather than thrown in the air], and, in many games – multiple discs,” says Kat Fahle. UpDog’s website says, “UpDog is dedicated to expanding the awareness and participation of people and dogs in athletic endeavors. We want more people and more dogs having fun, playing together. So we designed some fun games built around the opportunity for every dog and human to work towards their own personal bests. You will have fun (Play), you will earn achievements (Achieve), and you and your dog will learn and grow (Expand).”

UpDog offers a variety of games that incorporate elements of agility and flying disc. But extensive training in either sport is not required. If your dog can catch a thrown or rolled disc and/or can do agility jumps and tunnels, you can have a great time at UpDog events. The games offered through this venue are fun in and of themselves, but they also provide a stepping stone to other dog sports. Fahle says, “Not only is it easier to get started in disc via UpDog, the other great thing is that as you play our games you are building foundation skills needed to play Freestyle should the day come you want to try that out. So you and your dog are learning while playing!”

Everything about UpDog is “beginner friendly,” as Fahle says. “If your dog is at the point in his training where he will only return a disc if you have another disc, we have some games that allow multiple discs. Say you can’t throw more than six feet; we have games where short tosses are all that are needed and then once you build your skill set there are more games and more levels to explore. We also allow you to roll the disc, which may allow for a new person to get more distance at first while they learn better throwing mechanics.  For dogs not yet used to hard discs; we allow soft discs!  Say you have a physical limitation that doesn’t allow you to ever throw farther than 6-10 feet; you can stay in level 1 for as long as you need. Simply because you earn enough Ups [qualifications] to move to level 2 doesn’t mean you have to move to level 2.  Conversely, the games and levels offer challenges for even the most skilled disc dog teams as well.  In UpDog, there is something for everyone at every level of play,” says Fahle.

Unlike most disc events, you don’t have to place in your class to “win.” Fahle says, “We’ve built in a system of achievements and UPs so that every person who earns even just one point while playing is rewarded. Each game has achievements that can be earned. Starting this fall, when a team joins UpDog, their achievements will show on their digital profile, which can be shared via social media, linked to on websites, et cetera. Then, as they accumulate achievements, those count towards UPs. These are physical rewards somewhat like dog tags that participants can earn and collect. The earning of UPs also allows teams to move up from one level to the next somewhat like titles in agility.”

UpDog has been very well received in the disc dog community, and it is beginning to make waves among dog sport enthusiasts of all kinds. Even though the first UpDog classes were offered just this spring, the upcoming UpDog event, planned for August 9th in Plant City, filled up all available competition spots in just 13 hours (spectators are welcome). The UpDog team traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan, recently to present the sport at the United Kennel Club’s national event, the Premier, and it was very well received. The fall will bring UpDog competitions to Illinois, New Hampshire, and Canada. Pretty great for a brand new organization born right here in central Florida!

For more information on UpDog, visit their website at or find them on facebook at

Courteous Canine, Inc. offers dog training, puppy training, working with aggressive dogs and rehabilitating fearful and shy dogs.  In addition we offer cat training, agility, pushball, Fun Scent Games, disc dog sports and dock jumping. Courteous Canine, Inc. is a full service dog school that offers doggie day care, pet sitting, group classes and boarding!

Upcoming Event: Otto Fad on The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Upcoming Event: Otto Fad on The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Courteous Canine, Inc. Presents

Otto Fad on The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Sunday June 9th, 2013 1pm to 5pm $60

Using Positive Reinforcement to Train Elephants: Operant and Respondent Strategies

HappyElephantOtto Fad is the Manager of Elephants at Busch Gardens Tampa’s Pachyderm Palace. He is known worldwide for his evangelical advocacy for positive reinforcement training for all animals but especially elephants. Elephants at Busch Gardens are trained with an open economy, meaning they have food available at all times, and still choose to engage with their trainers, and frequently initiate interactions with them.  Trained behaviors range from unrestrained complex veterinary procedures to playful activities developed only to build strong relationships and to have fun together.

Otto will be presenting on:

  • Use of open economies – Elephants choose to work with trainers they have access to food at all times
  • Operant strategies to allow medical procedures
  • Respondent Strategies to shift emotional states
  • And more!
  • Presentation followed by question and answer.

Otto Fad is Elephant Manager at Busch Gardens Tampa, where he helped develop a progressive new program in 2004, distinguished by its focus on positive reinforcement, its unparalleled success in conditioning voluntary husbandry behaviors, and its extraordinary team of creative, positive, and passionate trainers. Previously, Otto was a Senior Trainer at SeaWorld. In his career, he has endeavored to raise the professionalism and pride of those around him, to increase research output, and to build ties with institutions of higher learning. He has written on subjects including anthropomorphism, assisted reproduction, behavioral enrichment, natural history, husbandry training, safety, and staff development.

Location Courteous Canine, Inc., 3414 Melissa Country Way, Lutz, FL 33559

Please make checks payable for $60 to: Courteous Canine, Inc. and mail to addy above. No dogs will be attending as this is presentation only seminar. Continuing Education Units available for PPG, IAABC and APDT. For more info contact or call 813 949 1465

Upcoming Event at Courteous Canine, Inc.: Fun Day of Dog Dock Jumping and Agility!

Upcoming Event at Courteous Canine, Inc.: Fun Day of Dog Dock Jumping and Agility!

Courteous Canine, Inc.

and Health Mutt Present

A fun day of Dock Jumping, Agility and Free Dog Training Advice

Agility Run Thrus Nested courses Standard and Jumpers (Novice and Excellent) $5 per run $20 unlimited runs

Dock Jumping $5 per five jumps or $20 for unlimited jumps (five jump cycles)

Free dog training and behavior question booth.

Come join the fun May 5th 11 am to 3 pm


Training Services

Courteous Canine of Tampa Super Splash Is Coming!

The Courteous Canine Super Splash event is coming March 16, 2013 at Courteous Canine Inc.

What is it?
A Slash Dogs competition and dock jumping practice.

Venue Information
Courteous Canine Inc.
3414 Melissa Country Way
Lutz , Florida 33559

RV Parking
There is limited R.V. parking. Please email to reserve a space.
There will be a professional photographer and a food vendor on site.

Saturday March 16, 2013
Registration opens – 9:00 A.M.
Open Practice Dock – 9:00 A.M.
Splash 1 – 10:00 A.M.
Splash 2 – 12:00 P.M.
Splash 3 – 2:00 P.M.
Finals – 3:00 P.M.
Dock Closes – 4:00 P.M.

Event Details/Entry Information

  • Event Entry: Free
  • Parking: parking for competitors will be in the white fenced in yard. (see map)
  • Crating: crating will be on the grounds near the pool.

Event and Venue Rules/Information

  • This is an outdoor event to be run into a splash pool.
  • The dock will be an aluminum dock.
  • Training for newcomers and others will be provided.
  • This event will be open to all dog/handler teams who wish to enter as space permits.
  • Please bring crate to store your dog or have other means to store your dog.
  • Abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Absolutely NO pushing, shoving or throwing your dog into the pool.
  • NO choke chains, prong collars or e-collars are permitted on Courteous Canine property.
  • Please have dog’s shots up to date, tags or bring current shot and vaccine papers. Please be responsible for the safety of your dog and others!
  • You are responsible for picking up after your pet.
  • Dog / handler teams may enter only one or as many Splashes as they wish (a separate entry fee must be paid for each Splash)
  • Dog / handler teams will be placed in groups of up to 15 teams within each heat.
  • Each team will receive two (2) competition jumps.
  • One dog/ handler on the dock at a time during competition.
  • All dogs will have the opportunity to acclimate to the dock area prior to their first official competition jump as time permits.
  • Allotted practice time based on event time constraints.
  • The dock will close to all practice jumping 15 minutes prior to the start of each competition Splash, for competitor’s warm-up.
  • Ribbons for finals. Ribbons will not be mailed.
  • Female dogs in heat will NOT be allowed to compete or in the competition area.
  • All participants are required to have FUN!

Event Registration

  • This Splash Dogs event is open to any dog / handler team who wishes to enter. You may do this in one of two ways: Online or on-site
  • You will then be required to pay the registration fee, sign a waiver and show papers when you check-in at the event.
  • Register on-site at least one hour prior to the heat(s) in which you would like to compete.
  • Pre-Registrants will be given PRIORITY for entry in a Splash
  • Heats will be determined as competitors enter.
  • Entry e-mail confirmation — please provide email address with registration.
  • On-site registration will be available only as space permits. Please pre-register to ensure your spot in a Splash.
  • There will not be a credit card machine at this event. Payments will be accepted in the form of cash or check.
  • Splash Registration Fee is $20 and $20 for additional Splashes, payable to Splash Dogs (cash, check). $10 to practice. If you decide to compete your practice fee will apply towards Splash entry fee. Practice is for Open dock practice