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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, 2024.

Registration will open:

May 22nd.

Classes this Session

See descriptions below for more information.

N130S: NW130 – Developing Advanced Nosework Skills

 

NW190: Training a Thinking Nosework Dog using a Cognitive Approach

 

Stacy with poodle

NW215: Air Flow Superpowers for the Developing Dog

 

Stacy with poodle

Registration Opens MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

N130S: NW130 – Developing Advanced Nosework Skills

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 teach the advanced skills with heavy emphasis on building inaccessible hide skills and working through disteaction. It 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.

Each week, we will have lectures and assignments on the following:

Skill Focus
Reading the Dog
Scent Theory

Skill Focus Areas Include:

Week 1: Multiple Hides and Intro to Converging Odor

Week 2: Intentional Distractions

Week 3: Inaccessible Due to Containment

Week 4: Inaccessible Due to Reach

Week 5: Inaccessible Due to Elevation (high hides)

Week 6: Intro to Blank Areas

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.

Judd doing nosework outside

Registration Opens MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW190: Training a Thinking Nosework Dog using a Cognitive Approach

Did you know that dogs search with WAY more than just their noses? They will use all of the information available to them in order to find source. Dogs are thinkers. We can use an understanding of how they think to help to build, craft, and sculpt an efficient, powerful search dog. And like humans, each dog has different cognitive strengths. Effective nosework training is all about setting up hide situations in order to capitalize on their strengths.

Nosework is all about problem solving. In this class, we will use problem solving scenarios to get your dog REALLY thinking! When your dog problem solves, communication happens! By setting up challenges, not only do we educate the dog, but we educate our own eye.

In this class we will explore…

… how the dog thinks and uses cognition in searching

… how we can recognize how our own personal dog processes, stores, and uses information for the purpose of searching

… how we can maintain “balance” in our training so that we don’t swing the pendulum too far in influencing our dog’s training

… how to recognize when we need to shift our training strategies in order to re-balance our dog’s tendencies

… how to set up searches in order to maintain this delicate balance. (YES! There will be training setups discussed in depth!)

… how to use hide placement to establish natural patterning with the dog so that the dog is less reliant on handler direction

In short… this is how Stacy trains her dogs and how she will teach YOU to be a thinking trainer with a thinking search dog!

This class will explore and build on our dog’s natural cognitive capabilities….

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 MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW215: Air Flow Superpowers for the Developing Dog

Did you know that where and how you place your hides are some of the biggest predictors for well your dog will search? Did you also know that you need to be able to predict air flow to set an effective hide? Have you ever set a hide that you thought was going to be easy… but your dog struggled? This class will teach you how to harness the superpowers of air flow to help your developing dog to search at their very best!

Did you ever wish that you had Scent Goggles? Well since they haven’t yet been invented, we can strive for the next best thing!

We will learn and more importantly predict, how air will move around corners, up walls, and how it will swirl and pool… among all the other cool things that air does! And not only will your dog start to search way more effectively, but you will get way better at understanding the beautiful story that your dog is telling you about the odor’s behavior.

This class is so much more than scent theory and hide placement… it’s about setting hides to make your dog a stronger searching dog and to make YOU a more effective trainer and handler!

We will leverage the world around us… so get ready to get out to new places to set some thoughtful searches. Variety is essential in our sport! This class will help you to think about your search areas and will push you to get out of your predictable patterns.

Ultimately this class will help to build amazing, effective foundations for the dogs just starting in novel areas and will help more experienced, but still developing, dogs search faster with fewer missed hides or false alerts.

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.

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