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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 October 1st, 2020 Registration will open September 22nd.

Classes this Session

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N120S: NW120 – Introduction to NW Search Elements

NW145: To Boldly Go… Shaping a Confident Nosework Dog

NW370: Hide Placement for Powerful Training

Registration Opens SEPT 22nd

Class Runs OCT.  1 – NOV. 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

N120S: NW120 – Introduction to NW Search Elements

In this class we will develop and expand on our dog’s hunting skills, first starting in Interiors and then moving into Exteriors. We will heavily utilize ROUTINE and contextual cues in order to help the dog to generalize on their skills. Once we have established basic fluency in searching, we will utilize pattern training through hide placement in order to simultaneously introduce vehicles and teach the skill of wrapping around the vehicle. In the final week, we will shift focus to work on Containers and introduce Buried Hides. The understanding of odor and history of passive indications will help the dog to be immediately successful on Containers while minimizing the potential for destructive Container behavior. AKC Buried hides will be introduced although fluency is not expected in Week 6.

In addition to leveling the learning curves of different dogs, this approach is meant to capitalize on the dog’s motivation for hunting. This approach maximizes good feelings that come from triggering the Seeking System with “Hunting” and delaying “Selection” type elements such as Containers and Buried.

This class is suitable for all students coming out of NW101 provided that at least a little progress was made as well as being suitable for students from prior NW101 classes who may not have started NW120 or who need a refresher in introducing the elements. 

Students coming from NW101 who need a little bit of catch-up can expect new lectures to help them with basic fundamentals which have been developed by assessing the general needs as observed in the Student Study Group and Gold Forums from NW101. Those who are farther along on the learning curve will be able to hit the ground running with a generalization approach that has been developed to make searching new places seamless.

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 SEPT 22nd

Class Runs OCT.  1 – NOV. 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW145: To Boldly Go… Shaping a Confident Nosework Dog

I am co-teaching this new and exciting class with Deborah Jones Ph.D.  You can find out more about Dr. Deb Jones at https://k9infocus.com/about/

Confidence in Nosework isn’t always best addressed by setting out hides and practicing searches. Sometimes we want to work on confidence and comfort in the search environment separately. We do this so that we don’t spoil our dog’s feelings about odor by associating it with stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. We want to make sure that searching for odor always “feels good”. But what if your dog has environmental sensitivities? What if tight spaces or slippery floors are scary? That is where this class comes in!

In this class, Deb Jones and Stacy Barnett will take you through a two step process to address the common environmental sensitivities that we see in this sport. We will encourage CHOICE and CONFIDENCE through shaping and other approaches that nurture “brave” behaviors, and then we will transfer those behaviors directly to nosework.

Deb and Stacy will be alternating lecture weeks in order to break this class into “foundation work without odor” and “application with odor”.

Get a handle on searching in New and Tight Spaces, Navigating Challenging Environments, and Working on Novel Surfaces! Give your dog the confidence and support he needs to become a nosework star! Join us in a unique experience and application not found in any other nosework class anywhere!

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 SEPT 22nd

Class Runs OCT.  1 – NOV. 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW370: Hide Placement for Powerful Trainings

Do you struggle with how to set hides? Do you accidentally overface your dog or make the hides too hard? Do you have structure to your training so that you thoughtfully build skills? Have you stagnated in your training?

Hide Placement is the answer. Use thoughtful hide placement using air flow considerations to set scent puzzles up for your dog that will allow your dog to progress steadily. Build intentional odor obedience and an understanding of how to truly source a hide. Use Hide Placement to make your training sessions on point and powerful!

Our goal is a motivated dog who understands his job and who can source a hide quickly and accurately!

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.

 

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