AKc Scent work Judge, AKC CONTRACTOR, 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 2019 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

When to Call Finish

Sept 25, 2018 @ 9:30pm ET

Do you struggle with unknown number of hides and when to call FINISH? Are you either over working the area or missing hides? Learn strategies for calling FINISH at the right time by reading your dog’s clues and behavioral language. Start cultivating an “all clear” signal!

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The Science of Blank Room Searches

Oct 3rd, 2018 @ 9:30pm ET

Blank room searches are SCARY! Learn how to read your dog in a blank room and make those FINISH calls with confidence! Dogs will exhibit telltale body language in blank rooms. In this webinar we will explore what that looks like and will talk about training and trialing strategies. Blank rooms are common in all venues. Be prepared!

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Latest Blog Posts

No Regrets… The Importance of Staying in the Moment

Probably the hardest thing in Nosework competition is staying PRESENT in the search.  It's so easy to get lost in thought about what is NEXT or what has PASSED.  You will find though that if you can stay in get moment, you will be more aware of your dog's changes of...

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Blocking and Acquisition of New Odors

Every so often I hear handlers say, "My dog doesn't like Anise".  As a trainer and a (former) scientist, this sounds odd.  However, I think there's a rather looming potential cause to this phenomenon.  It's called "Blocking" (Kamin, 1968).  Blocking, with respect to...

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Crazy Canine to Calm Cool and Collected

Just this past weekend I was trialing Brava.  I was running low on treats and she started to bark at me.  Incessantly.  She wanted her turn and she wanted it NOW!  I do admit to not being at the top of my game that run and her AKC Excellent Containers search went down...

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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.