About Stacy

Stacy Barnett - Nosework Instructor at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, AKC Judge and Contractor and International Clinician


Stacy Barnett lives in New Jersey with her two Labradors, Miniature American Shepherd and Standard Poodle. She's an active competitor in Nosework, Tracking, Obedience, Rally, Agility and Barn Hunt but Nosework is her primary focus and her first love. Stacy started her Labrador, Judd, in Nosework using Operant Conditioning methods. Judd quickly sailed through NW1 through NW3 Elite. Stacy and Judd have garnered many High in Trials in both the US and Canada.  Together they compete in NACSW, AKC, SDDA and UKC.  Her Miniature American Shepherd, Why, is preparing for NW2 and her Standard Poodle, Joey, earned Third Overall at his NW1 and High in Trial at his NW2.  Stacy’s newest partner, Brava, a young Labrador, is already competing successfully in AKC and in Canada with many High in Trials of her own.  Stacy and Judd are competing at the NACSW Summit Division Level where they are ranked among the top teams in the country, competing with placements at the 2017 NACSW National Invitational.  Judd has placed in the top 3 overall at many of his Elite Division Trials and holds the distinction of being the first Labrador in the country to achieve ELT2.  Judd was also the second dog in the country to achieve ELT3 and the first Labrador to achieve ELT-CH.

Key Career Accomplishments:

- First FDSA Team to achieve NW3 Elite

- 2nd dog to ever to achieve ELT3 in the Nation

- First Labrador to achieve ELT-CH, 13th dog in Nation

- Placements in 2017 NACSW National Invitational

- Second Overall in the First Annual Eukanuba Performance Games and Inaugural AKC Scent Work trial

- Licensed AKC Judge at all Levels and AKC Contractor

- Third Overall for the Entire Event at the Second Annual Turner Trials 2018 in Altadena, CA.  First Overall on the First Day, Third Overall on the Second Day

- Many HIT’s in NACSW, UKC, AKC, SDDA at all levels

Stacy is a longtime FDSA student and trains her Nosework dogs using FDSA methods. She also trains with top local NACSW trainers and Elite Level Certifying Officials on a regular basis.  Stacy is herself a licensed Judge for for AKC Scent Work and is retained in an advisory position with AKC as an AKC Contractor for the AKC Scent Work program. With this and her degree in Chemical Engineering, Stacy has developed a solid understanding of Scent Theory with many tools in her toolbox. She prides herself in being able to bring creative solutions to build odor obedience, confidence, drive and motivation for the sport. Judd himself is by nature a timid, soft dog and Stacy has been able to transform him into a highly competitive Elite Level dog.  With Brava, she has crafted a high arousal, high drive puppy into a young, winning dog.  With Why, she has conquered his significant environmental issues...  and with Joey she has built tremendous drive where there was little motivation for the sport to start.  Her mantra is CONFIDENCE, MOTIVATION, SKILLS and STAMINA.  Stacy is the author of the popular blog, Scentsabilities Nosework, as well as being a popular clinician for seminars in the US, Canada and Europe.

One of Stacy's strengths in Nosework is trial preparation. She is able to evaluate the needs of the dog and develop a plan for setting the dog up for success.  She's an experienced Nosework competitor and judge and knows what it takes to succeed in this exciting sport.

Stacy loves helping others and her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious. Even greater than her love for the sport is her love of teaching.  She prides herself on being a highly creative, enthusiastic and caring instructor, easliy able to teach all levels of Nosework students.  Stacy loves seeing teams flourish in the sport and enjoy what has become an extremely popular outlet for all dogs



© Stacy Barnett 2015