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About Stacy Barnett & Scentsabilities



Stacy Barnett

Stacy Barnett lives in New Jersey with her two Labradors, Miniature American Shepherd and Standard Poodle. She’s an active competitor in Nosework, Tracking, Obedience, Rally, Agility and Barn Hunt, but Nosework is her primary focus and her first love.

She is a licensed Judge for for AKC Scent Work and is retained in an advisory position with AKC as an AKC Contractor for the AKC Scent Work program. With this and her degree in Chemical Engineering, Stacy has developed a solid understanding of Scent Theory with many tools in her toolbox.

She prides herself in being able to bring creative solutions to build odor obedience, confidence, drive and motivation for the sport. Her mantra is CONFIDENCE, MOTIVATION, SKILLS and STAMINA.  Stacy is the author of the popular blog, Scentsabilities Nosework, as well as being a popular clinician for seminars in the US, Canada and Europe.

Stacy loves helping others and her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious. Even greater than her love for the sport is her love of teaching.  She prides herself on being a highly creative, enthusiastic and caring instructor, easliy able to teach all levels of Nosework students.  Stacy loves seeing teams flourish in the sport and enjoy what has become an extremely popular outlet for all dogs.

Key Career Accomplishments


First FDSA Team to achieve NW3 Elite


2nd dog to ever to achieve ELT3 in the Nation


Placements in 2017 NACSW National Invitational


Third Overall for the Entire Event at the Second Annual Turner Trials 2018 in Altadena, CA. First Overall on the First Day, Third Overall on the Second Day


Third Overall earning the title SMT (Summit Title) at the first Summit Trial in the Midwest in Sandwich IL.


Licensed AKC Judge at all Levels and AKC Contractor


First Labrador to achieve ELT-CH, 13th dog in Nation


Second Overall in the First Annual Eukanuba Performance Games and Inaugural AKC Scent Work trial


Many HIT’s in NACSW, UKC, AKC, SDDA at all levels

Training People & Their Dogs Worldwide

One of Stacy’s strengths in Nosework is trial preparation. She is able to evaluate the needs of the dog and develop a plan for setting the dog up for success.  She’s an experienced Nosework competitor and judge and knows what it takes to succeed in this exciting sport.

Judd himself is by nature a timid, soft dog and Stacy has been able to transform him into a highly competitive Elite Level dog.  Stacy started Judd in Nosework using Operant Conditioning methods. Judd quickly sailed through NW1 through NW3 Elite. Stacy and Judd have garnered many High in Trials in both the US and Canada. Together they compete in NACSW, AKC, SDDA and UKC. 

Stacy and Judd are competing at the NACSW Summit Division Level where they are ranked among the top teams in the country, competing with placements at the 2017 NACSW National Invitational.  

Judd has placed in the top 3 overall at many Elite Division Trials and was the first Labrador in the country to achieve ELT2.  Judd was also the second dog in the country to achieve ELT3 and the first Labrador to achieve ELT-CH.  Judd earned the Summit Title (SMT) at the first Summit Trial in the Midwest.

With Brava, she has crafted a high arousal, high drive puppy into a young, winning dog.  Stacy’s newest partner, Brava is already competing successfully in AKC and in Canada with many High in Trials of her own.  Brava is competing in AKC Masters and getting ready for NW2.

With Why, she has conquered his significant environmental issues; he is now preparing for NW2. 

With her standard poodle, Joey, she has built tremendous drive where there was little motivation for the sport to start — Joey earned Third Overall at his NW1 and High in Trial at his NW2. 

Stacy’s dogs


ARCHMX JB Windjammer “Judd,” BN, RA, TD (ASCA), CDX-CCH, RATO, ELT-CH, SMT, L2V, L1C, L1E, L1I, SWE, SIEE, SHDE, SEM, SCM, SD-E (Canada)


ARCH Why Ewe Flye So High “Why,” RATI, NW1, L1C, L1E, L1V, SWN


Maranatha’s Standing Ovation at Windjammer “Brava,” NW1, L1C, SWA, SWNE, SCAE, SCE, SHDA, SCE, SEE, SIE, SD-A (Canada)


ARCH Zorcon Smokin’ Hot Java “Joey,” RN, RATS, NW3-C, NW3-E, NW3-V, NW3-I, L1C, L1V, L1E, SWN, SIA, SEA

“Confidence and Motivation are the core to good foundations.  They are everything.”

— Stacy Barnett

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.



Confidence forms the basis of the pyramid.  It’s what everything is built on.  A strong base provides a strong foundation.



Motivation requires a desire for a task as well as the focus and ability to work in drive.  It goes hand in hand with Confidence. 



Skills can be taught when there is a good foundation.  Until a good foundation is built, they should be de-prioritized.



Stamina is the final component and is the result of careful conditioning, both mentally and physically.