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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 June 1st, 2022. Registration will open May 22nd.

Classes this Session

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N130S: NW130 – Developing Advanced Nosework Skills

 

NW270: Foundations, Foundations, Foundations for Nosework

 

Stacy with poodle

NW435: A Focused Formula for Supercharged Results

 

Registration Opens MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

N130S: NW130 – Developing Advanced Nosework Skills

Want to continue the Nosework fun? Then this class is for you!

This is the third skills level course in our nosework program and will build on the skills acquired in the previous two skills classes. We will search for odor only and work to develop the teamwork necessary for successful trialing – and that involves trusting your dog to lead you to source. We will cover training skills such as:

  • thresholds and corners,
  • environmental considerations around airflow and weather conditions,
  • aged hides,
  • non-box containers,
  • how to set up and work through distractions,
  • how to evaluate search are challenges/approach,
  • how to effectively search an area,
  • multiple hides,
  • inaccessibles,
  • advanced vehicle searches,
  • building search stamina,
  • combo odors,
  • what to expect when trialing,
  • assessing trial readiness, and
  • problem solving individual team skills.

This class is open to any dog who is currently searching for odor only; titles are not required. If you are not currently trialing, don’t let the topics discourage you, as they are all easily modified for each dog. Our goal is always to increase the challenge in increments that the dog can handle and successfully overcome!!

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 MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW270: Foundations, Foundations, Foundations for Nosework

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Go back to Foundations?” Do you really know what that means? In this class we will learn WHAT the proper foundations are for Nosework and will work on enhancing them.

This class is for all dogs already searching on odor. Are you new to Nosework and want to make sure that your dog is rock solid? Or do you have a specific problem that needs to be addressed in your searching with your more advanced dog? Both can be addressed in this class.

Foundations are the bedrock upon which we build an excellent Nosework dog. It determines whether we will flounder or be mediocre or if we are able to allow the dog to fulfill his individual potential. Time spent on Foundations is never wasted. Foundations aren’t “beginning stuff”… Foundations are a way of training so that we can develop a dog who can work fluidly and confidently. We can enhance the teamwork between the dog and handler…. and when teamwork is at its finest it’s difficult to know where the dog ends and the handler begins!

This class helps us to:

– Understand what Foundations ARE and what Good Looks Like

– Helps us to target where to focus and improve

– Address training challenges…. most training issues are Foundation related!

What is the result of good Foundations? FOCUS, TEAMWORK, FLUIDITY, EXCELLENCE

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 MAY 22nd

Class Runs JUN.  1 – JUL 12

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW435: A Focused Formula for Supercharged Results

In the recent online Nosework Conference, “Know the Nose”, hosted by FDSA, as a part of the upper level competition panel I was asked how my training has changed from my first Nosework dog. My answer was that with my first dog, I didn’t know what the destination looked like and all I had to go on were incremental goals of working to the next level. Now, I train for the qualities that I want to build in my dog. When I start that new dog I am thinking about what I need to do to turn that dog into my next Summit dog (or how to help them fulfill their potential regardless of what that looks like). I train for Excellence and Fluency. This course is focused on QUALITY.

This course will cover a different type of “Quality” every week that I find to be critical in the development of an incredible Nosework star. These are also Qualities that I work on when trying to build and fine tune my dogs at the Elite and Summit levels. Our work and setups that week will be focused on that “Quality”. You will also have concept lectures that cover things like how to effectively increase the challenge level, how to keep your dog “in balance”, training vs trial prep, and much more.

(Although I DO utilize these concepts very early in my training, working spots for this class will get the most benefit if already working at the Master/NW3 level and up).

The Qualities that we will cover in this class include:

  • Clarity in Source
  • Desire and Drive for Source
  • It’s all about the PACE
  • Bulletproof Thresholds
  • Building Expectation for Close Proximity
  • Using Thermals

Just some of the Concept Lectures that will be sprinkled throughout this class include:

  • Building hide commitment
  • Raising criteria successfully
  • Figuring out WHAT to work on
  • Assessing a search area
  • Finding the balance between Hunt – Find – Alert
  • Training for fluency vs prepping for a trial
  • Large areas vs setting puzzles

This class is suitable for dogs who are CONFIDENTLY working and training in novel locations and who have been for some time. This class is NOT for the brand new dog who has just recently started searching away from home. This is a class that builds the QUALITY of searching…. Which the the “How Good”…. This class is suitable for up and coming and for advanced dogs who need a boost from “OK” to “Incredible”.

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