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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, 2020 Registration will open March 22nd.

Classes this Session

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N120S: NW120 – Introduction to NW Search Elements

NW260: Rockin Vehicles and Awesome Exteriors

NW420: Honing Your NW Handling

Registration Opens MAR. 22nd

Class Runs APR.  1 – MAY 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

N120S: NW120 – Introduction to NW Search Elements

NOTE: NW120S has been restructured in order to allow students from NW101 to catch up as needed with the help of either the Instructor (for Gold Spots) or the Teaching Assistant (for Silver & Bronze Spots). Dogs generally pick up and understand Nosework on different learning curves due to a variety of reasons. This restructured approach accommodates these differences with a goal of getting all teams to the same general level of competency by the end of this course.

ALSO NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Novel Interiors will be OPTIONAL and Exterior lectures will be available sooner rather than later. Please use your best judgement when setting Exterior hides. Use of Nitrile gloves is always recommended when setting hides.

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. THERE WILL BE A TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR THIS CLASS.

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 a new class coming in June 2020 that will help to expand on key foundational skills through fun games (NW175).

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!

    Registration Opens MAR. 22nd

    Class Runs APR.  1 – MAY 12

    Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

    NW260: Rockin Vehicles and Awesome Exteriors

    This course will take your Vehicle and Exterior Skills to the Next Level. Teams working from NW1 through NW3 will find this course extremely valuable.

    Vehicles are one of the least practiced elements yet are also one of the least understood. Stacy decodes the ins and outs of one of her favorite elements and shares all of her hidden secrets. Learn her “secret sauce”. You will learn WHY Vehicles are challenging with a healthy dose of Scent Theory and Aerodynamics. And if your dog is a random searcher, you will benefit from learning how to pattern vehicles successfully. It’s all in teaching the dog to wrap the vehicle independently! It’s VERY easy and you do the foundations with a single vehicle in your driveway! Then learn how to take that to the next level.

    Exteriors are more often practiced but are often difficult due to scenting conditions and search area complexity. Stacy guides you through one of her other favorite elements in order to get you comfortable in understanding and navigating your search area. As with the Vehicles portion of this class, you will also get a ton of Scent Theory… which will come in handy when you start to apply your skills to larger and more complex areas (or even potentially BLANK Exteriors in NW3!)

    This class will include a lot of NEW MATERIAL for the April 2020 term!

    Registration Opens MAR. 22nd

    Class Runs APR.  1 – MAY 12

    Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

    NW420: Honing Your NW Handling

    Do you wish you were a better handler? Handling is 80% dog / 20 % handler. How you handle makes a huge difference in your performance and in your pass rate…. it drives those “P’s” and “Q’s”!

    In this class we will be all about the details… Learn how to handle through critique.

    You will learn HOW you body motion affects the dog, everything from your shoulders to the angle of your body with respect to the dog’s position. You will learn the art of releasing body pressure in a way that will minimize false alerts or unintended cues. We won’t be “proofing off of” body motion, but rather will learn how to use our motion and position in order to become true teammates with our dogs.

    You will be presented with an entire handling system and will be taught how to handle effectively, as a teammate, without negatively impacting your dog. Good handling is the foundation of teamwork. It’s a skill that takes time to hone but it beautiful to see when it all comes together!

    Learn how to make it look EFFORTLESS….

    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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