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

From Zero to Zoom: Motivating the Nosework Dog

Dec 27th, 2018 @ 9:00pm ET


Are you worried about making the time allowed in your nosework search? Is your dog difficult to motivate? Stacy will step you through how to achieve an engaged, focused and motivated nosework partner. Do you know WHY your dog may be less motivated? Diagnosis, approach and exercises will be discussed. Don’t miss this fundamental webinar!

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Pee No More!  Addressing Urination in Nosework Searches

Jan 8th, 2019 @ 9:30pm ET

Do you worry that your dog will pee in a search area and wreck your changes of qualifying? Do you have an intact dog and worry that he will “mark” while you try to search? In this webinar we will analyze what urine COB’s and sniffing looks like compared to target odor. We will also discuss what to do in the event of your dog marking during a training session and how to avoid the situation to begin with!


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Latest Blog Posts

What is the difference between Residual and Lingering Odor?

... and why should you care? As a part of recent quiz that I put together for my online students, I found out that the term "residual odor" was confusing! You might think. "who cares it's just semantics..." but it's actually much more important than that! Terms, and...

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On Listening and Teamwork in the Sport of Nosework

What makes a truly GREAT trainer? I've had occasion to think about this question recently.  I think I know the answer.  Ask yourself, what the critical qualities are of the great trainers you've met, and I think the list of qualities may be shorter than you think....

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On FOCUS… he’s sniffing, why isn’t he searching?

Recently I published a quiz and one of the questions was, "What is the biggest contributor to dogs losing focus in a search?"  I found through the answers that there is a misunderstanding of sniffing in general and what constitutes searching.  You see...  just because...

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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.