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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 February 1st, 2020 and registration will open January 22nd.

Classes this Session

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N101S: NW101 – Introduction to Nosework

NW190: Training a Thinking Nosework Dog using a Cognitive Approach

NW380: Developing your Trial IQ – Reading the Nosework Dog

Registration Opens JAN. 22nd

Class Runs FEB.  1 – MAR. 13

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.

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 JAN. 22nd

    Class Runs FEB. 1 – MAR. 13

    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….

     

    Registration Opens JAN. 22nd

    Class Runs FEB. 1 – MAR. 13

    Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

    NW380: Developing your Trial IQ – Reading the Nosework Dog

    ALL NEW CONTENT ADDED FOR FEBRUARY 2020!!

    This class is ALL ABOUT figuring out to to be prepared for a trial and learning the #1 most important skill in nosework… READING YOUR DOG! This class will give you the nuances that you need to really understand what your dog is doing in the scent. This class is CRITICAL for both beginners AND folks new to unknown number of hides… Can you tell how many scent cones your dog is searching? What about BLANK AREAS??

    Did you know that part of knowing how to read your dog when he’s in odor is to also read him when he’s NOT in odor?

    Do you know when to call Finish because you’ve found all of the hides?

    Do you rely on a final response to tell you that your dog has found the hide?

    We will address all of these and more!!

    The trick to trialing is:

    (1) bring a prepared dog

    (2) manage the “mental game”, and

    (3) read your dog!

    If you want to be successful you need to have all of these, and none can be underestimated. This class will teach you how to be successful!

    #1 and #2… is all about preparation and being in the moment…

    Reading Your Dog though…..that’s an art and a science all rolled up together. In this class learn how to read YOUR dog by watching YOUR dog and OTHER dogs. Become a keen observer; Stacy will show you how!

    KEY READING YOUR DOG DETAILS WE WILL COVER:

    • Can you tell if your dog is at source?
    • Critter or Odor?
    • Pee sniffing!! When to move along… how to handle!
    • Containers…. distraction or odor??
    • Blank Rooms!!
    • Blank Areas…. Vehicles, Exteriors, Containers!!
    • Has you dog cleared an area of odor so you can feel confident to move along?

    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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