FDSA Training Camp 2020

Stacy  Barnett

Stacy’s Bio and Sessions

about  Stacy Barnett

Stacy Barnett is a top nosework competitor and one of only a handful of teams with multiple Summit Level (SMTx3) titles in the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) with her dog, Judd. Stacy is also a popular international clinician, giving seminars across the US, Canada and Europe. She is a licensed Judge for for AKC Scent Work, where she was also retained in an advisory position as an AKC Contractor for the AKC Scent Work program for 2 years. Stacy is the author of the popular blog, Scentsabilities Nosework, and hosts weekly educational webinars.

With her degree in Chemical Engineering and her understanding of fluid flow dynamics, she has developed many interesting tools for her toolbox. She believes in utilizing Scent Theory and odor to educate and craft the competitive nosework dog. She prides herself in being able to bring creative solutions to building odor obedience, confidence, drive and motivation for the sport. Her mantra is CONFIDENCE, MOTIVATION, SKILLS and STAMINA. Her specialty is getting teams ready for competition!

Stacy loves helping others and her enthusiasm for the sport is contagious. Even greater than her love for the sport is her love of teaching. She prides herself on being a highly creative, enthusiastic and caring instructor, easily able to teach all levels of Nosework students. Stacy loves seeing teams flourish in the sport and enjoy what has become an extremely popular outlet for all dogs.

2020  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

9:15AM – 10:45PM

Nosework – Super Start Lines Lab

Experience Level: Novice and above

Did you know that searches are made or lost at the start line? How you approach the start line will have a massive effect on the ultimate outcome of your search. What’s more, how you practice your start lines will have a drastic impact on each and every search you do in competition. The secret is arousal. In this lab we will determine your dog’s natural arousal state and will work on diagnosing issues and modifying your dog’s arousal state so that you will end up with the most effective search that your dog can do. Dogs in working spots should already be introduced to odor.

Day 1: Friday

1:40PM – 3:40PM

Nosework – Reading Your Dog Lab

Experience Level: See Description

Before you can call Alert, you need to know how to read your dog. Did you know that 95% of your dog’s communication happens BEFORE the final response? Do you struggle to read your dog or is your dog subtle? In this lab you will learn how to decipher the change of behavior so that you can confidently call Alert. We will cover the Change of Behavior, In Odor Behavior and At Source Behavior. Dogs in working spots should already be introduced to odor.

Day 2: Saturday

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Nosework – Building a Thinking Nosework Dog Using Memory Lab

Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Using the way dogs think is the next frontier in training search dogs.  In this lab, teams will understand the role that memory plays in making searches more efficient and will learn how to avoid pitfalls when the role of memory is TOO strong!  Teams will learn how to strike a balance between memory and the nose. Dogs in working spots should be confident in finding multiple hides in novel search areas.

Day 2: Saturday

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Nosework – Honing Your Handling Lab 

Experience Level: Novice and above

In Nosework Handling, you can either handle with teamwork or you can accidentally trigger a finely-tuned false alert. In this lab you will explore how your movement can either help or hinder your dog during a search. Learn when and how to thoughtfully apply your cues so that you don’t unintentionally cause a false alert. Dogs in working spots should already be introduced to odor.

Day 3: Sunday

11:00AM – 12:40PM

Nosework – Building a Thinking Dog Using Problem Solving Lab

Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Using the way dogs think is the next frontier in training search dogs.  In this lab, teams will understand how to set problems that help the dog to think about the search space in three dimensions and how to use hide placement patterns in order to create a more methodical search dog. Dogs in working spots should be confident in finding multiple hides in novel search areas.

Day 3: Sunday

3:50PM – 5:30PM

Nosework – Blank Rooms Lab

Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Blank rooms are often one of the scariest aspects of moving up the levels for many teams. In this lab we will learn how to confidently call blank rooms by reading what our dogs look like when they aren’t in the presence of odor. It. We will compare and contrast our dogs’ behavior when in odor and when in the presence of no odor. Take on those blank rooms with the confidence to call Finish! Dogs in working spots should already be introduced to odor.