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 Events

WEBINAR: The On or Off Leash Conundrum

Off or On leash is a complex question! Let’s talk about how to make those handling choices and building effectiveness in both.

On or Off… On or Off… it’s a complex question! In this webinar, we are going to explore what is required to search effectively off leash and how the parameters of the search might guide your choices. We are also going to talk about how all dogs are different and how you can go about making the best decision for YOUR dog. We are going to cover the key components of FOCUS and DISTANCE.

We are also going to get into how we can flex our on leash handling between more dog driven or handler driven techniques depending on the search area and parameters and how we can improve our off leash handling to make it more effective. Tips for keeping that line from tangling will be covered!

Join me to solve the conundrum of On versus Off leash and to get better overall!

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Latest Blog Posts

Turning your Food Reward into Food Reinforcement

One of the biggest issues I see are teams with a boring reinforcement strategy.  All too often I see reliance on the cookie without actually thinking about REINFORCEMENT.  A cookie is a Reward...  but it has limited value to the dog if you simply hand...

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The Five Types of False Alerts

I was inspired to write this blog because of some self reflection that I had at a recent trial. Our False Alerts are very rarely the "fault" of the dog. Fault is a word that I use loosely here because honestly, it's not a False Alert unless the handler utters the...

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Are you a Cheap Handler?

Did I get your attention with that headline? I hope I did! There is an epidemic out there and it's an epidemic of great proportions. All over the Nosework community, there are CHEAP HANDLERS. A Cheap Handler doles out reinforcers to their dog like they won't be able...

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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.