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Stacy teaches several classes each session through Fenzi Dog Sports Academy (FDSA). Classes at FDSA start the 1st of every other month, with registration available approximately a week in advance.

The next session starts June 1st, 2020 Registration will open May 22nd.

Classes this Session

See descriptions below for more information.

N130S: NW130 – Developing Advanced Nosework Skills

NW175: Fun with FUNdamentals: Progress Games for Success

NW480: Searching Strategies: A Roadmap to Success

Registration Opens MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

N130S: NW130 – Developing Advanced Nosework Skills

NOTE: NW120S students are suggested to enroll in NW175. This class is perfect for teams who are at the NW1 level or with some experience in AKC through Advanced

Want to continue the Nosework fun? Then this class is for you!

This is the third skills level course in our nosework program and will build on the skills acquired in the previous two skills classes. We will search for odor only and work to develop the teamwork necessary for successful trialing – and that involves trusting your dog to lead you to source. We will cover training skills such as:

  • thresholds and corners,
  • environmental considerations around airflow and weather conditions,
  • aged hides,
  • non-box containers,
  • how to set up and work through distractions,
  • how to evaluate search are challenges/approach,
  • how to effectively search an area,
  • multiple hides,
  • inaccessibles,
  • advanced vehicle searches,
  • building search stamina,
  • combo odors,
  • what to expect when trialing,
  • assessing trial readiness, and
  • problem solving individual team skills.

This class is open to any dog who is currently searching for odor only; titles are not required. If you are not currently trialing, don’t let the topics discourage you, as they are all easily modified for each dog. Our goal is always to increase the challenge in increments that the dog can handle and successfully overcome!!

NOTE: This class will offer a Teaching Assistant (TA) who will be available to Silver and Bronze students in the Study Group. FDSA TA’s will answer questions and review videos in the Student Study Group.

Registration Opens MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL. 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW175: Fun with FUNdamentals: Progress Games for Success

Every team is on a trajectory, and that trajectory either takes them down a path of success or down a path fraught with challenges. The difference along this path is rarely related to the problems that the team is facing. Instead, it’s because the team left the path earlier on in their development that would have built rock solid foundations.

This class is for developing teams or teams who need a little remediation in order to make sure that they stay the course optimal development. We will be using games, exercises, and drills to tackle the big ticket concepts like Independence, Focus, Confidence, Sourcing, and more. The concepts are what will make or break the team’s ability to work advanced skills later on.

In addition to games, exercises, and drills, the class will be given lecture material that will explain crucial concepts and the “why” with respect to training decisions and hide placements.

This class is about taking Foundations from Good to Great.

NOTE: This class will offer a Teaching Assistant (TA) who will be available to Silver and Bronze students in the Study Group. FDSA TA’s will answer questions and review videos in the Student Study Group.

Registration Opens MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW480: Searching Strategies: A Roadmap to Success

This class is all about a ROADMAP TO SUCCESS…. What does that mean? It means that we will delve into how to build an outstanding search dog and then how to trial effectively. This class has been developed so that you can figure out how NOT to struggle through the levels and how NOT to get stuck without reaching your team’s potential.

We will start with an emphasis on Foundations. Advanced teams take note! If you are struggling, it’s possible that something is missing here… I would be remiss in developing this class without level setting on what Foundations really are. Unfortunately, the word “Foundations” has become a bit of a Buzz Word…. Meaning it gets tossed around but people don’t always know it’s full and deep meaning.

Then the class turns toward the crafting of the search dog based on the dog’s needs. How do we train effectively? How do we make sure that we are building our dogs through laser targeted training approaches rather than one size fits all?

Moving along we will start to focus on the balance between dog and handler. This marks the evolution of the team and starts to define true teamwork. This part of the class is all about bringing those pieces together so that you are truly supportive…. Neither dominating the decisions nor abdicating your role. Here we work on balancing on the tightrope of teamwork.

Finally, the class will shift focus to competition. The really cool part about this sport is that no search is ever the same. That is both exciting and challenging because it requires a truly thinking handler. You not only have to read the dog and adapt your handling, but you also need to learn how to read a search area! Walkthroughs are one of the most under-utilized tools at your disposal! Read the search area and learn how to plan your search and ADAPT as needed!

This class is really best suited for two groups of students:

NW2/NW3 handlers (and equivalent in other organizations)…. These concepts may make or break your ability to get through these levels effectively…. And will set you up for success in the higher levels!

Elite/Summit handlers… your searches are the most variable! And your dog new to Elite is still actually pretty “green” all things considered. Are you working through Elite with an eye towards Summit and what you need to develop to get there? This class will help you!

There is a lot of Gold here!!

NOTE: This class will offer a Teaching Assistant (TA) who will be available to Silver and Bronze students in the Study Group. FDSA TA’s will answer questions and review videos in the Student Study Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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