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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 April 1st, 2021 Registration will open March 22nd.

Classes this Session

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N120S: NW120 – Introduction to NW Search Elements

Judd doing nosework outside

NW230: Polishing Skills for NW2 and NW3

NW440: Spectacular Sourcing Skills Soup to Nuts

Registration Opens MAR. 22nd

Class Runs APR.  1 – MAY 12

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.

Coming out of this class, students will have the foundations necessary to begin to prepare for Odor Recognition Tests (ORT’s) and low level competitive classes. The amount of additional preparation needed will vary depending on the team and additional foundational development will be available in NW175 (available in June) that will help to expand on key foundational skills through fun games.

Long-term success in this sport hinges on a solid foundation and good searching and hide setting habits. This course will get you going in the RIGHT DIRECTION. Teams using Nosework for therapeutic reasons or without competitive goals will appreciate the structures approach that is based on emotional support for the dog and FUN!

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 MAR. 22nd

Class Runs APR.  1 – MAY 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW230: 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
  • blank areas: Interiors, Exteriors, Vehicles and Containers!

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 MAR. 22nd

Class Runs APR.  1 – MAY 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW440: Spectacular Sourcing Skills Soup to Nuts

The ultimate skill in sport detection is Sourcing. When a dog understand true sourcing, skills like working pooling, trapped, lofting odor or most any other challenging advanced skill becomes easy. Imagine calling “Alert” with confidence knowing that you are unlikely to hear the response, “Where”…. Would’t it be nice to just trust the dog’s ability to get as close as possible to the hide?

You may be surprised but there is way more too this elusive skill than just putting the nose on the tin. Dogs who only know the two dimensional perspective of sourcing (nose on the tin), are way more likely to fringe alert away from source than dogs who have learned how to drive in and problem solve.

This class is intended to get your dog driving in to source. This training eliminates fringe (false) responses and creates a more efficient and effective searching dog. We will build all of the skills necessary to make your dog a Spectacular Sourcing Searcher!

Class content will help you to diagnose your Sourcing Issues and to setup drills, exercises, and searches to accomplish the course objectives.

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