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

You Can Train It! Pattern Training for Close Convergence

February 26th, 2020 @ 9:30pm ET

Missing Hides? Systematic pattern training is the key to close convergence in a blind situation. Why lose points?

In the beginning of our trialing, the hides are set fairly far apart. If we don’t know how many hides there are, we at least know a range. As we advance, the search areas get larger or more complex, the challenges increase, the time pressure grows, and the parameters for what we can “expect” completely disintegrate! Now, you can find yourself in a situation of close convergence. Can you handle it?

Oftentimes this means missed hides. Missed hides may then cause the handler to tighten too much and in the next trial, they might over handle or mismanage time. Wouldn’t it be great to put the responsibility more on our dogs?

This webinar is all about systematically setting hides in a way that will help the dog to start to search immediately after finding a hide. We will start basic and build the capability to integrate this patterning approach into our larger searches.

Remember that if you can’t attend live, you will get the recording in your In Box after the fact… but you HAVE to pre-register!

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Latest Blog Posts

The Role of Emotion in Learning: Train Happy!

If you want your dog to learn Nosework effectively, train happy! The emotion that you impart when you train your direct has a direct impact on how well your dog will learn. Your emotional connection with your dog will have an incredibly strong impact on your dog's...

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The new NW3 rules were FUN!!

I just got home from trialing under the new NW3 rules with my 12 yr old Standard Poodle, Joey. We had a BLAST! I was so excited about the rules that I HAD to write a blog! The really amazing part is between the lines in the rules... sure, the rules allow for...

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Putting the pieces together in a sea of options

I did some thinking after posting my last blog on how I'm getting SO much out of really focusing on training rather than trialing. Then I did a little reflection on the 5 night Webinar Consortium Week that I hosted. I decided that the SKILL of learning and applying...

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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.