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FDSA Events
As a long standing member of the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy faculty, Stacy offers webinars, workshops, and participates in other FDSA sponsored events. You can find more information here!

Upcoming Event Schedule



Shaping Bold Nosework Dogs: The Application

September 24, 2020 @ 9:00 PM ET

NOTE: This is a webinar hosted by Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  Registration and attendance will be managed though FDSA.

Fee: $19.95 – Registration required PRIOR to scheduled presentation time.

Some bold nosework dogs are born and some are made! This is the second part of a double-header webinar designed to develop your dog into that nosework rockstar that he can be.

Stacy Barnett and Deb Jones are teaming up for a class that will provide you with a comprehensive approach to building and nurturing boldness in your dog during searches. This webinar event will give you a taste of the approach and help you to sample and try out what it means to build your dog up. Earlier in the day, Deb will be presenting some approaches that will prepare your dog by working on developing supportive behaviors.

In this webinar, Stacy will cover elements that you need to know to put your new shiny behaviors into practice during a search. Stacy will present a framework to start easy and build your dog in a way that your dog’s motivation shines through.

HOW you apply these skills can be the key to success. Stacy will discuss the flow of (1) establishing comfort and positive feelings, (2) adding odor in a simple context, (3) upping the ante without upping it too much, and (4) build desire. We will take an example and watch how we can put this into practice!

Don’t forget to ALSO sign up for Dr. Deb Jones webinar as a part of this double header!  She is presenting at 6 PM EST.

In the foundation webinar Deb will discuss and demonstrate how you can use shaping to help your concerned or hesitant dog become relaxed and confident in a variety of new environments. Deb will also discuss “reading” your dog so that you can make the best decisions about when to push forward and when to make things easier. This will include considering ways to set up familiar settings so that they can offer more challenge without being overwhelming.

Your training is not complete until you have evaluated and addressed your dog’s comfort and confidence in the environment. Join Deb and Stacy to learn more about this process!


WW196: Sept. 27 – Building Nosework Skills: The Inaccessible Hide Due to Elevation

September 27th, 2020

NOTE: This is a workshop hosted by Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.  Registration and attendance will be managed though FDSA. Registration opens AUGUST 22nd!

Lecture Publish Date: Sunday September 27
Video Submissions Due Date: Sunday October 4 @ 12pm noon PT
Feedback & Questions Video Publish Date: Wednesday October 7

Inaccessible hides don’t need to be scary! You don’t need to avoid training them. In this workshop series, we will explore HOW to train these skills.

This workshop will focus on the Inaccessible Hide Due to Elevation. Inaccessible Due to Elevation is a fancy way of saying “High Hides”. High Hides are challenging because the scent cones are not closed off from the environment and the odor travels farther. Additionally, the concept of the high hide and the timing of the marker can make or break teams in this skill. The handler needs to be able to assess the environment, interpret the dog, and give the dog feedback in a way that helps the dog to learn and to not create problems down the road.

There are two important aspects to training this skill… building the “concept” of the hide and timing of the marker. We will cover the steps to introduce and fine tune your marker use in order to really give your dog and your performance an edge!

Specific topics of the lecture portion will include:

  • A bit about air flow and the impact on high hides
  • Understanding the value of marker timing for this type of hide specifically
  • Discussion about reading the dog’s behavior
  • Identification of that “AH-HA Moment”
  • Steps to introduce this type of hide and things to avoid at all costs
  • How and when to abort a high hide
  • Examples of application of correct marker timing

Click here for Workshop FAQS: https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/index.php/22304