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About Stacy Barnett & Scentsabilities



Stacy Barnett

Stacy Barnett is a top nosework competitor, being one of only a handful of teams with multiple Summit Level (SMTx3) titles in the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) with her dog, Judd. Stacy is also a popular international clinician for seminars across the US, Canada and Europe. She is a licensed Judge for for AKC Scent Work where she has also been retained in an advisory position as an AKC Contractor for the AKC Scent Work program. Stacy is the author of the popular blog, Scentsabilities Nosework, and hosts weekly educational webinars.

With her degree in Chemical Engineering and her understanding of fluid flow dynamics, she has developed many tools in her toolbox. She believes in utilizing Scent Theory and odor to educate and craft the competitive nosework dog. 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. Her specialty is getting teams ready for competition!

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.


Second Overall earning third Summit Title (SMTx3) in Montrose, CO


Earned NW3 Elite with three passes (Brava), first pass was Pronounced!


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


Fifth Overall at the first Summit Trial in the country in Califon, NJ


Earned second Summit Title (SMTx2) in Kennebunkport, ME

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 Summit Level dog.  Stacy and Judd have garnered many High in Trials in both the US and Canada. Together they compete in NACSW, AKC, and SDDA (Canada).

Stacy and Judd competed at the NACSW Summit Division Level where they were ranked among the top teams in the country, achieving 3 Summit Titles in only 4 trials!  Stacy and Judd competed successfully with placements at the 2017 NACSW National Invitational.  Judd has since been retired for health reasons.

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 Elite Champion (ELT-CH).  At the very first Summit trial in the US, Judd placed 5th place.  He then went on to earn his first Summit Title (SMT) at the first Summit Trial in the Midwest with a Third Overall.  Judd earned his second Summit Title (SMTx2) in Kennebunkport, Maine and his third Summit Title (SMTx3) with a Second Overall in Montrose, Colorado!  Judd also has the distinction of earning Second Overall at the very first AKC trial at the 2018 Eukanuba Performance Games.

With Brava, she has crafted a high arousal, high drive puppy into a young, winning dog. Brava is already competing successfully in AKC and in Canada with many High in Trials of her own.  Brava debuted in NW3 in April 2019 and earned her first title with High In Trial and Overall Pronounced designation at the tender age of 2 years old!  2 weeks later, she earned her second pass in NW3. Brava completed her NW3 Elite in September 2019 with a perfect 3 for 3 passes – 3 trials, 3 titles!

With Why, she has conquered his significant environmental issues.  When Why first started training, he couldn’t search 3 boxes in the front yard.  Just recently he earned his NW2 with a Third Overall with Overall Pronounced designation!  He is now preparing for NW3. 

With her standard poodle, Joey, she has built motivation where there was little interest for the sport to start — Joey earned Third Overall at his NW1, High in Trial at his NW2 and Third Overall in his NW3.  Joey will be 12 in October 2019 and is enjoying playing the NW3 game.

Stacy eagerly waits to get started training her new puppy, Powder.  Powder is half-sister to Brava and is sure to become another incredible search dog.  

Stacy’s dogs


ARCHMX URO1 NE NC JB Windjammer “Judd”, BN, RA, SWE, SIEE, SCM, SEM, SHDE, CD-CCH, CDX-CCH, RL1-AOE, RL2-AOE, RL3-AOE, RL1X7, RL2X5, RL3X3, TD (ASCA), RATI, RATO, ELT-CH, L1E, L2C, L2I, L3V, SMTx3,  SD-E (Canada), CL1, CL2-H ~ retired ~


ARCH Why Ewe Flye So High “Why,” RATI, NW2 (Pronounced), L1C, L1E, L1V, SWN


Maranatha’s Standing Ovation at Windjammer “Brava,” DS, NW3 Elite, (1st NW3: Pronounced), NW3-V, NW3-I, NW3-C, NW3-E,L1C, L2I, SWNE, SWE, SCAE, SIAE, SCM, SEM, SHDE, SD-A (Canada)


ARCH Zorcon Smokin’ Hot Java “Joey,” RN, RATS, NW3, NW3-C, NW3-E, NW3-V, NW3-I, L1V, L1E, SWN, SIA, SCA, SEE, CL1-R, CL-H, CL1-F


Maranatha’s Gunpowder and Lead at Windjammer “Powder”

“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.