Taking you and your dog to new heights!

Train with Stacy Online!
Learn

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, 2023. Registration will open January 22nd.

Classes this Session

See descriptions below for more information.

N101S: NW101 – Introduction to Nosework

 

NW330: Bulletproof Skills for Both Ends of the Leash

 

Stacy with poodle

NW345: Container Wizardry: Fixes, Proofs, and Results

 

Stacy with poodle

Registration Opens JAN 22nd

Class Runs FEB.  1 – MAR. 14

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 JAN 22nd

Class Runs FEB.  1 – MAR. 14

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW330: Bulletproof Skills for Both Ends of the Leash

This class is about going from Good to Better and Better to Bulletproof for all of those skills that can give a team a competitive edge. This is the “Soft Skills” of Nosework… for both ends of the leash!

This class will be focused on improving your performance AS A TEAM. This class is not about developing “testable” skills such as converging odor or high hides… this class is about turning your team into the best team you can be. These are the skills that make a search “look easy” and that are critical as you move up the levels.

Each week we will work on two themes… one for the dog and one for the handler! The weekly themes work together to build finesse into your search game.

Your dog will work on:

  • Engagement
  • Arousal Optimization
  • Sourcing
  • Focus through the Unpredictable
  • Distractions
  • Transition between Hides

You will work on:

  • Fluid Communication through Handling
  • Consistency and Balance with Criteria Management
  • Arousal Management for the Handler
  • Search Plans and Patterns
  • Situational Awareness / Adaptability
  • Pacing and Time Awareness

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 JAN 22nd

Class Runs FEB.  1 – MAR. 14

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW345: Container Wizardry: Fixes, Proofs, and Results

This class is about creating the AMAZING Container Dog…

Containers are tough in that they really are NOT a searching exericse… they are a Selection exercise. That means that we can get all sorts of “other stuff” pop up containers that we don’t necessarily get in other elements. We can get destructive behavior, false alerts, missed hides… and on top of that, we can have distractions in containers. This class addresses these topics in a way that you can work on what YOU need to work on…

The class will start with an assessment to detemine where you should focus. Then based on the assessment, you will work modules that apply to your team… if you make great progress in the Alerts Module and you want to work the Distraction Module later in the class, you can!

The emphasis of this class will be (you can pick and choose what you work on):

  • Developing a focused and passive alert response (teaching an Alert)
  • Correct arousal / methodical search pattern
  • Distractions
  • Fixing False Alerts with Clarity
  • Building Focus on Containers
  • Handling

This class is appropriate for both Food and Toy Reward dogs.

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

Click on a class below for more information.

 

  • More coming soon!!!

 

 

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