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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 December 1st, 2022. Registration will open November 22nd.

Classes this Session

See descriptions below for more information.

NW170: Building Blocks of Nosework – Before Odor

 

NW175: Fun with FUNdamentals: Progress Games for Success

 

Stacy with poodle

NEW!!!

NW525: Achievement Unlocked: Success at the Upper Levels

 

Stacy with poodle

WW348: Building Nosework Skills: The Inaccessible Hide Due to Elevation (Workshop)

 

Registration Opens NOV 22nd

Class Runs DEC.  1 – JAN. 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW170: Building Blocks of Nosework – Before Odor

You, your dog, an inquiring mind and the start of a whole new world of opportunity. In this course you will learn the foundations of nosework even before you ever introduce odor. This course has been designed to perfectly position your dog to be able to leapfrog into the scenting world by providing skills, desire, confidence and motivation…. To the handler, this course provides the keys and knowledge to jumpstart into one of the fastest growing canine sports. This course requires little to no equipment, just a fascinated mind and the desire to do something fun with your best friend.

Did you know that your dog’s olfactory lobe is 1/8th of it’s brain? This course will let your canine partner USE his brain in ways that will stimulate, invigorate and enrich your dog’s life and ultimately your relationship with him.

At the same time you will learn how to prepare your dog or puppy so that when he DOES get on odor, everything will be easy…. He will already be ok working in new places. He will already be in the right arousal state. He will already know this his “special” routine. When you do introduce odor, after this course, the introduction will be seamless and easy… because you will have all the right FOUNDATIONS and CONCEPTS.

This course isn’t just about the dog…. It’s also about developing a strong and competent nosework handler. Handling in Nosework is a PARTNERSHIP. To be a good partner, you need to understand your dog’s nose and his scenting skills. You also need to have a good foundation in the science of scent. You need the basics of “reading your dog” and the basics of good handling. You will build all of these skills!

Whether your goal is to have an amazing competitive nosework dog, to build confidence or to just have some sniffing fun, this course is for you!

This course is WAY more than just searching for food.  You will learn about scent theory, olfcation, handling, reading your dog, and more!  This is the PERFECT class to take before NW101 that I teach in February.

This course is suitable for all dogs and puppies of all ages. No prior scenting experience is necessary. Dogs who have been introduced to odor, but who need a little extra confidence may also benefit from this course. Quite simply, this course is not to be missed!

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 NOV 22nd

Class Runs DEC.  1 – JAN. 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW175: Fun with FUNdamentals: Progress Games for Success

Every team is on a trajectory, and that trajectory either takes them down a path of success or down a path fraught with challenges. The difference along this path is rarely related to the problems that the team is facing. Instead, it’s because the team left the path earlier on in their development that would have built rock solid foundations.

This class is for developing teams or teams who need a little remediation in order to make sure that they stay the course optimal development. We will be using games, exercises, and drills to tackle the big ticket concepts like Independence, Focus, Confidence, Sourcing, and more. The concepts are what will make or break the team’s ability to work advanced skills later on.

In addition to games, exercises, and drills, the class will be given lecture material that will explain crucial concepts and the “why” with respect to training decisions and hide placements.

This class is about taking Foundations from Good to Great.

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 NOV 22nd

Class Runs DEC.  1 – JAN. 11

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NEW!!! NW525: Achievement Unlocked: Success at the Upper Levels

You’ve found yourself at the upper levels and now it gets complicated! Search areas get bigger and more challenigng. Times get tighter. Maybe you have more hides but maybe the area is blank? If that wasn’t enough, the hides get tougher too! Making the leap into the upper levels is all about REALLY learning to search. If you are prepping for the upper levels or if you just want to get really good at them, this class is for you!

This class will approach the upper levels by focusing on:

  • Understanding what your dog is telling you about the qualities of the hide
  • Interpreting your search area based on layout and air flow
  • Building those upper level skills
  • Working unknown number of hides
  • Getting used to time pressure
  • This class builds on and enhances what I covered in the popular back to back webinar series “Clearing Areas”.

This class is ideal for teams already trialing at NW3 (prepping for Elite), trialing at Elite or Summit, already trialing at Master (prepping for Detective, or trialing at Detective.

If teams have the opportunity to have someone set blind hides in this class, it will be helpful, however it is not necessary.

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 NOV 22nd

(Workshop)

Lecture Available Dec 18

Pricing begins at $29.95

WW348: Building Nosework Skills: The Inaccessible Hide Due to Elevation

Inaccessible hides don’t need to be scary! You don’t need to avoid training them. In this workshop series, we will explore HOW to train these skills.

This workshop will focus on the Inaccessible Hide Due to Elevation. Inaccessible Due to Elevation is a fancy way of saying “High Hides”. High Hides are challenging because the scent cones are not closed off from the environment and the odor travels farther. Additionally, the concept of the high hide and the timing of the marker can make or break teams in this skill. The handler needs to be able to assess the environment, interpret the dog, and give the dog feedback in a way that helps the dog to learn and to not create problems down the road.

There are two important aspects to training this skill… building the “concept” of the hide hide

and timing of the marker. We will cover the steps to introduce and fine tune your marker use in order to really give your dog and your performance an edge!

Specific topics of the lecture portion will include:

  • A bit about air flow and the impact on high hides
  • Understanding the value of marker timing for this type of hide specifically
  • Discussion about reading the dog’s behavior
  • Identification of that “AH-HA Moment”
  • Steps to introduce this type of hide and things to avoid at all costs
  • How and when to abort a high hide
  • Examples of application of correct marker timing

Enrollment options include both Working Spots ($39.95) and Audit Spots ($29.95)

 

Future Classes

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  • 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