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

On The Levels: ORT to Summit League

Aug 14th, 2018 @ 9:30pm ET

Nosework competition is a journey. Join Stacy in a webinar focused on what to expect and how to prepare for ALL of the levels from ORT to Summit League. Understand. Prepare. Succeed. We will review videos, preparation suggestions and trialing strategies.

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Unraveling Converging Odor

Aug 22nd, 2018 @ 9:30pm ET

Converging Odor is likely the most challenging skill in competitive nosework. You have to know when you’re in it and then you have to solve it quickly. The more convergence, the more challenging the puzzle. In this webinar we will explore converging odor, understand why our dogs are pretty incredible and we will have a plan to handle and train! Don’t miss this one!  

NOTE: This webinar is on a WEDNESDAY!

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Latest Blog Posts

How Hard is Too Hard?

Making Sure the Shoe Fits Our dogs are born with a Harvard Degree in Olfaction. Because of this, so often I see people training by throwing cool hides out to see how their dogs will do.  They may place a high hide out that is beyond their dog's skills or perhaps some...

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Don’t Delay… Start Nosework Now!

I recently read Denise Fenzi's new blog "I Have an Old Dog" and it struck a chord with me.  Judd is about 9 years old now.  Not "OLD" but he's starting to slow down a little and he's getting gray.  When did this happen?  I look back at old pictures of him and I see a...

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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.