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Upcoming Online Classes

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:

February 1st, 2024.

Registration will open:

January 22nd.

Classes this Session

See descriptions below for more information.

N101S: NW101 – Introduction to Nosework

 

NW420: Honing Your NW Handling

 

Stacy with poodle

NW475: Challenges to Enhance Problem Solving: Another 6 Weeks of Setups

 

Stacy with poodle

Registration Opens JAN 22nd

Class Runs FEB.  1 – MAR. 13

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.

Judd doing nosework outside

Registration Opens JAN 22nd

Class Runs FEB.  1 – MAR. 13

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….

Sampling of topics:

  • The art of handling the known hide
  • Handling in tight spaces
  • Handling the fast dog
  • Handling the sensitive dog
  • Impact of gear choices
  • How to NOT over-handle your dog
  • How to get your dog out of trouble in order to avoid a false alert
  • Using handler influence as suggestive, not directive
  • Handling using a pattern without over-handling
  • Knowing WHEN to pattern versus not pattern
  • How to use a Soft Pattern rather than a prescriptive pattern
  • Handling off leash like you would on leash
  • Knowing when to change your strategy and how to adapt and continue

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 JAN 22nd

Class Runs FEB.  1 – MAR. 13

Pricing begins at $65 for 6 weeks

NW475: Challenges to Enhance Problem Solving: Another 6 Weeks of Setups

Nosework isn’t REALLY all about the nose… it’s about the dog using all of their senses and problem solving the location of the hidden source material. When we train, it’s so important to support the development of that decision making process. Every time you set a hide, you shape the dog’s searching behaviors. By setting hides that help your dog to THINK, you create an engaged, efficient dog.

This course will include setups that will enhance HOW your dog problem solves in order to tighten your dog’s skill set. This will take your training to the next level in addition to helping you break out of your own hide setting patterns!

Each week, we will cover 4 to 5 different setup examples created to enhance your dog’s problem solving. The setups will include options for both upper level and lower level application so that you can tailor the assignment for 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.

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