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

April 22: The Secret Sauce: Key Critical Skills for the Nosework Dog

Did you ever wonder if there was something you could do or a drill or exercise you could set up to give your Nosework dog an edge or to improve your pass rate?

There are!

This webinar will give you a list of critical skills to develop and sample setups and drills to build the Secret Sauce into how your dog works. Distractions? Sourcing? Problem Solving? Focus? We will talk about all of these and more!

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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Upcoming 2021 Webinar Dates:

April 22 (FDSA), April 28

Latest Blog Posts

What actually IS Sourcing and HOW can it be improved

Sourcing is at its core, one of the MOST important skills that you can create with your searching dog. It’s the very essence of finding a hide. Sourcing skills are what separate a well trained dog from a dog that doesn’t really understand his job. What is Sourcing?...

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Don’t Build a Meerkat (er… I mean Prairie Dog)

There is more to training elevated hides than putting a hide out and rewarding your dog when he finds it. Probably the most influential aspect of training this skill is TIMING. When you mark and/or reinforce your dog sculpts his searching behavior in the future....

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How you Introduce Multiple Hides MATTERS!

Are you building GOOD HABITS or BAD HABITS? Too many folks believe that 1 plus 1 equals 2. Not so! We want to build a search dog that follows the behavior chain: Encounter Odor, Source Odor, Encounter Odor, Source Odor, and so on... but depending on HOW you introduce...

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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.