No More Obility???!!!

There is a dog trainer who has been using the term "Obility" as her business name in California for many years, and she doesn't think much of my use of that term.

Obility is the term I've been using to describe a blend of obedience and agility.  Under the heading of Obility I include "heeling games" and a series of Obility classes that I had planned to teach online at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  You can read more about Obility at:

Regardless of whether she has a claim to block my use of the word, if no more Obility....then what?

I'm rather attached to the term, but if there is to be a change then this is the time.  I've taught relatively few Obility classes and seminars, and it's not widely known.  Yet.  I'd like to see it take off as a "typical" way of training a dog to understand the obedience exercises.

So, I'm looking for a bit of assistance here.  Some alternatives that have been proposed include:  Obedience Games, Fenzility, Fenzi Obility, Fenzobility, Fenzibility, Fobility, Agilience or For God's Sakes Relax And Have Fun Training Your Dog.

What do you think?  Go ahead and give me your thoughts in the "comments" section.  I'll go through and pick the ones I like the best for a vote.

Remember that the fundamental parts of Obility are the traditional obedience exercises taught with, speed, movement, and unpredictability.  Obility is designed to reduce reward schedules, speed up the rate of learning and virtually eliminate anticipation or boredom.

So...what do I call THAT?

Thanks in advance.


Michael Burkey

Personally, I like “Fenzility”. It’s you and it sounds fast and unique.

Roz Merryman

This will be very difficult ! I like agileobedience , but I looked it up & it’s already taken , with a / In between the words . Flash Drive is taken by a computer company ! It’s going to be hard to be original but I’m sure there’s a good idea out there some where .


Mobility (movement, obedience, agility)



Marcia in NorCal

Yes. “Obility” is good, but I think you can do even better, avoid any confusion, and create something really distinctive — something that conveys what your philosophy and style without being cutesy (apologies to fans of Fenzibility and others of that ilk). Besides, hyphens just make things more complicated.

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