AKc Scent work Judge, International clinician, top competitor, and FDSA Instructor

Stacy Barnett
Stacy Barnett, founder of Scentsabilities Nosework, is an avid and successful competitor as well as a talented instructor.  Stacy is available both online and in person. Online classes are available through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. Stacy also holds weekly webinars and is available in person for seminars worldwide.
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Online Classes through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy

Classes are geared towards all levels of competitors, regardless of your venue of choice! Come see why Stacy’s FDSA classes receive consistent accolades.

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Webinars for hobbyists and competitors

Tuesday is webinar day!  Topics run the gamut and are a popular augment to every Nosework handler’s education. See also for special events!

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International Seminars and Special Events

Stacy is a popular clinician and travels across the US and abroad teaching Nosework!  Currently booking 2020 engagements.

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Learn about Nosework on the blog and podcast

Want access to free educational resources? Read Stacy’s blog and listen to her podcast.

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What is Nosework?

Nosework is one of the fastest growing dog sports in the world.  It’s modeled after real world detection.

In Nosework, your dog searches for essential oils, usually on cotton swab.  You may search inside buildings, out in the open, boxes and luggage, on vehicles and even buried in the ground!  Every search is different and exciting. This is a timed sport where the dog’s skill and handling come together.

Nosework is a sport that every dog and handler can do.  It’s a great way to focus hyper dogs and calm nervous dogs.  You will be surprised how Nosework can build confidence. Plus it’s FUN!

What can it do for your dog?

Engage his brain

Did you know that 1/8th of your dog’s brain is dedicated to olfaction?  Nosework engages the whole canine brain in ways that your dog loves.

Build Confidence

Doing Nosework the right way builds confidence biologically and soothes the canine brain.  It can build confidence and reduce fear-based reactivity.

Build Your Bond

There is nothing so beautiful as a handler working lockstep with a scenting dog. Your dog will love spending time with you doing Nosework!

Upcoming Webinars

MINI WEBINAR SERIES: Large Area Searches

Part 1: Wed May 4 @ 8 PM Eastern
Part 2: Wed May 11 @ 8 PM Eastern
Part 3: Thurs May 12 @ 8 PM Eastern

Moving up the levels means working more and more complicated search areas. The areas somtimes get really big and you might have to work hard to cover the whole area effectively. This webinar series focuses on the pieces of being successful at training and trialing for large area searches.

NOTE: These are Short Format webinars that will last about an hour each with Q&A.

Remember that if you can’t attend live, you will get the recording in your email after the fact… but you HAVE to pre-register!

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Webinars are offered most weeks. I’ve been giving webinars on Nosework and scent detection since 2017 back before webinars became cool… that is well over 100 successful webinars! My webinars are content rich… you will get a actionable things that you can apply and the theory to back it up. Expect my webinars to be applicable to both new and experienced competitors (many are also appropriate for professional application). Q&A during the event is welcome for on topic questions!

Latest Blog Posts

Got Container Dread?

If you have been trialing in the sport, then you are probably familiar with the common dread...  that sinking feeling that comes with Container searches.  You've probably also told yourself that "containers should be easy".  And that usually will make a handler feel...

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Training with the End in Mind

When I talk to people about their training, often they ask what they need to train for this level or that.. or what they should focus on for the next level in competition. Of course I tell them where the challenges will focus, however I often think that although it's...

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Vehicle Gaps: When the wind really IS your friend!

If you are reading this blog, you are a human. That is pretty much guaranteed! And as a handler of detection dogs (either sport other reason), you are probably pretty enamored with the dog's natural searching equipment. The dog's ability to follow plumes of odor...

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“I will seek out Stacy again. I so enjoyed her teaching style and sharing her experiences really helps prepare you. I feel I have a good plan and much better understanding of what we need to succeed at the higher levels of NoseWork.”

“Stacy is so organized - works individually with each dog at the stage they are at -lots of positive feedback and helpful critiques. Love how she breaks complex ideas down into the parts and has us practice each of the parts before putting them together into the whole exercise.”

“Another phenomenal six weeks!!! Class after class Stacy brings out the best in everyone and provides detailed insight and feedback. She ensures success and encourages her students to challenge themselves while building confidence.”


Training Philosophy

Stacy structures everything around her Pyramid: The Four Cornerstones of Trial Preparation.  Confidence and Motivation are sacred. Emotions can be trained. Arousal is a habit. These are core concepts of what she teaches.