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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 Feb 1st, 2021 Registration will open January 22nd.

Classes this Session

See descriptions below for more information.

N101S: NW101 – Introduction to Nosework

NW190: Training a Thinking Nosework Dog using a Cognitive Approach

NW470: Win By A Nose: Successful Nosework Trialing

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.

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. 14

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….

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. 14

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW470: Win By A Nose: Successful Nosework Trialing

Are you wondering what it takes to be successful trialing in the sport of nosework? Do you know how to prepare for and how to be a good teammate for your dog? Are you struggling to qualify or perhaps not getting the scores you’d like? If so, this class is for you!

This class will NOT teach you nuts and bolts skills… such as alerts, inaccessible hides, or high hides, etc. This class WILL teach you the fabric that will help your team to succeed. These are the “soft skills” of Nosework. These skills are what takes a team from “Good” to “Great”. We will deep dive into the 5 main topics in a way that will help you to really understand your teammate and how to train with excellence.

In this class, we will delve into topics that will prepare you for the rigors of competition or help you to take your current competition to the next level. We will cover the psychology and biology required to be a good teammate. Trialing successfully in nosework is part art, part science. In this class, we will cover both!

Themes include:

  • Teamwork
  • Reading Your Dog
  • Excellent Handling
  • Managing Arousal
  • Emotional Needs & Mental Management

While we Deep Dive into these 5 Themes, we will cover these fabulous topics:

  • The elements of a successful team
  • What exactly IS teamwork in the sport of nosework?
  • Understanding your chosen venue, including Q strategies
  • How to avoid a False Alert
  • When to call Finish effectively
  • Knowing when your dog is, and most importantly ISN’T in odor
  • Supporting your dog’s emotional needs
  • Riding the Arousal Curve with Yerkes-Dodson!
  • Foundations of Excellent handling
  • Blank Rooms
  • Calling Finish confidently in unknown hide number searches
  • Avoiding false alerts due to handling challenges or mis-reading the dog
  • Handling by effectively releasing pressure
  • When to influence the search and when to just follow
  • Strategies for trialing the high arousal dog
  • How to stay “in the moment”

 

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.

  • N120S: NW120 – Introduction to NW Search Elements starting April 1, 2021
  • NW230: Polishing Skills for NW2 and NW3 starting April 1, 2021
  • NW420: Honing Your NW Handling starting April 1, 2021
  • N130S: NW130 – Developing Advanced Nosework Skills
  • NW175: Fun with FUNdamentals: Progress Games for Success
  • More to come!!! 

 

 

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