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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 August 1st, 2022. Registration will open July 22nd.

Classes this Session

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N101S: NW101 – Introduction to Nosework

 

NW185: Green Dog Setups for Spectacular Skills (NEW!!!)

 

Stacy with poodle

WW322: Building Nosework Skills: The Inaccessible Hide Due to Reach (Workshop)

 

Registration Opens JUL 22nd

Class Runs AUG.  1 – SEPT 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

N101S: NW101 – Introduction to Nosework

Nosework is easily the hottest new sport around, and it’s easy to see why! It’s fun for humans, dogs love to participate, and it’s good for building confidence and focus in dogs that have issues like shyness, reactivity, aggression, or a simple lack of confidence. Any dog can participate; from puppies to very old or retired dogs. In a matter of weeks, you’ll see your dog confidently ignoring distractions and focusing on the target scent; and by the end of the course, many of the dogs will be ready to compete for their ORT.

This course is unique in that your dog will NOT pair food with odor in order to teach odor; instead, we use the proven training method that produces the nation’s top drug and bomb detection dogs! Our backchaining method is effective on almost all dogs, from insecure and unfocused dogs to highly driven and intense workers. The proof is in the pudding; dogs going through only one or two levels of our courses are earning their ORT and NW titles in record time! Even if your dog has failed using other methods, we can help you succeed!

In this class, you will learn about the basic concepts in searching for odor, proper use of equipment, how to handle odor, how to make and place hides, and how to teach your dog the importance of odor obedience. You will also learn how to make the search for scent extremely important to your dog.

This class WILL utilize the concept of “cocktailing” as a preferred option. This means that we will get your dogs on up to 3 odors at one time. This approach is OPTIONAL and the student will have the option of one at a time introduction.

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.

Judd doing nosework outside

Registration Opens JUL 22nd

Class Runs AUG.  1 – SEPT 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW185: Green Dog Setups for Spectacular Skills (NEW!!!)

Do you feel like all of your hides seem to be similar or that you or your dog is a little bored? It could be that you need to introduce more variety to your setups. If we always set hides using the same or similar style, we can accidentally mold our dog’s searching style in a way that can cause gaps. This class is all about helping the newer team to build variety and FUN into their searching by providing setups to help you touch on key skills and close those gaps! (or never let them have gaps them to begin with!)

This class is a GREAT way to give your training a boost and will help you to conquer your goals in small bites and less time commitment.

This class is intended for the newer team… if you can train in novel locations, this is the perfect class for you! We will be doing a variety of single and multiple hides. Some can be done at home or if you have access to an indoor area. You can also accomplish a lot by seeking out exteriors and vehicles! And we will make Containers FUN too!

This class will include 4 to 5 different setups per week. The setups will include problem solving, skill building, proofing, and drills in a way that you can either pick and choose or do them all! Some teams may decide to practice some of the setups multiple times and some times may decide to just do what they have time for. Feedback will include discussion about hide placement, odor behavior, building confidence/motivation in your dog, odor obedience, and handling!

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 JUL 22nd

(Workshop)

Pricing begins at $29.95

WW322: Building Nosework Skills: The Inaccessible Hide Due to Reach

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 Reach. Inaccessible Due to Reach hides are hides that are not closed off to the environment, but the dog still can’t get to source. A good example would be a hide in stack of pallets… the hide still produces a scent cone a large as an accessible hide, however the ability to call these hides in competition really rests on communication.

There are two important aspects to training this skill… working the “Deep Accessible” hide which strengthens sourcing skills and resilience, 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 a leg up in working these hides!

Specific topics of the lecture portion will include:

– The concept in using drive to source behavior for this type of hide
– Building drive to source behavior with “Deep Accessible” hides
– Recognition and understanding of the behavior that your dog will show you with these hides
– Concept behind timing of the marker
– Do you want a final response in this case?
– Applying drive to source to Inaccessible Due to Reach

Enrollment options include both Working Spots ($39.95) and Audit Spots ($29.95)

 

Future Classes

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Self Study Classes

Learn at your own pace with Self Study Classes!  You get all the lectures and example videos from the original course all for only $50

Learn WHY your dog might be smashing boxes and learn HOW to fix it.

This class will lead you through diagnosis of your box smashing problem and then will give you the necessary steps to address the CORE ISSUE.

This class is designed with written assignments and thought provoking questions that students will use to discuss how to PLAN AND RUN a successful in person Nosework class.

PLEASE NOTE: This class will NOT teach how to teach Nosework… we have other classes for that! In fact, this class will be methodology agnostic… please feel free to participate regardless of your methods for introducing odor.

This self-study option is a series of three recorded webinars that work together. There are no written lectures. Webinars include:

  • The Single Hide
  • Multiple Hides
  • Blank Areas