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Upcoming Online Classes

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 Aug. 1st, 2018 and registration will open July 22nd.

Classes this Session

See descriptions below for more information.

Introduction to Nosework

 

Polishing Skills for NW2 and NW3

 

Nosework Challenges Series 1

 

Registration Opens July 22nd

Class Runs Aug. 1 – Sept. 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

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 learn to search for food; 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.

Registration Opens July 22nd

Class Runs Aug. 1 – Sept. 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

Polishing Skills for NW2 and NW3

Want to take your Nosework skills to the next level?

This is the fourth skill building course in our Nosework curriculum and will build on the skills acquired in our previous classes.  This class is appropriate for any team wishing to polish the more advanced skills of Nosework.  Although our curriculum starts dogs on odor using Operant Conditioning, the subsequent classes are suitable for teams regardless of how you train.

This class will take your NW2 and NW3 skills to the next level.  We will challenge you with topics such as:

  • advanced containers, proofing for distractions and working with luggage
  • converging odor from multiple hides
  • accessible vs. inaccessible hides
  • how to assess if a hide is inaccessible and when to call alert
  • how to deal with inaccessible vehicle hides
  • setting up advanced scent puzzles and improving detailing skills
  • dealing with hide elevation
  • building search stamina
  • generalization, generalization, generalization

Registration Opens July 22nd

Class Runs Aug. 1 – Sept. 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

Nosework Challenge Series 1

This is the first in a series of classes designed to build and stretch your team’s skills in the sport of Nosework.  In these classes, we will explore different exercises that will strengthen our dogs’ abilities to get to odor efficiently and effectively…  and have fun doing it!

These classes can be taken in any order and are a perfect augment to any training curriculum.

Each week we will do several exercises related to a specific theme…  each theme is targeted at a specific skill…

In Series 1 we will explore…

  • Do you REALLY work corners?  Corners occur in more than just 4 areas of a room.  Some corners are mild and some jut out into the search area.  Get in deep and don’t miss those hides!
  • How often do you age your hides?  Aged hides present special unique challenges that are compounded by the search area characteristics.
  • Containers are one of the most dreaded elements in a Nosework trial.  Hone your dog’s scenting skills as well as your handling.
  • Not all search areas are flat!  Work with scent theory to understand the effects of elevation on scent and search behavior.
  • The closer you are to your dog, the more influence you exert.  This is the Proximity of Influence.  Use Distance Drills to enhance independent searching behavior.
  • Inaccessibles are inaccessible on a spectrum.  Some inaccessible hides are quite inaccessible.  Build your dog’s confidence in driving to get to odor.

Future Classes

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