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FDSA Training Camp 2019

Stacy  Barnett

Stacy’s Bio and Sessions

about  Stacy Barnett

Stacy Barnett is a successful nosework competitor, being one of only a handful of teams titled through the Summit Level (SMT) in NACSW with her dog, Judd. Stacy started Judd in Nosework using the Operant Conditioning methods as taught by the Fenzi Academy. Judd quickly sailed through NW1 through NW3 Elite, becoming one of the very first FDSA trained Elite teams.

Stacy and Judd are a multiple High in Trial team and have titled in both the US and Canada with High Score awards. Together they compete in NACSW, AKC, and SDDA (Canada). Her Miniature American Shepherd, Why, is preparing for NW2 and her Standard Poodle, Joey, recently earned Third Overall at his NW1 and High in Trial at his NW2. Stacy and Judd are competing at the NACSW Summit Division Level and were invited to compete at the 2017 NACSW National Invitational… where they earned several search placements! Judd placed in the top 3 overall at many of his Elite Division Trials and holds the distinction of being the first Labrador in the country to achieve ELT2 and was the second dog in the country to achieve ELT3. Judd was also the first Labrador in the country to achieve ELT-CH (Elite Champion). Stacy and Judd have since gone on to become one of the first handful of teams to earn the highest title in NACSW, the Summit Title (SMT). Brava, her young Labrador, is her newest team member. Brava earned all of her Novice AKC titles and had her SDDA Advanced title (Canada) WELL before her first birthday! She is now prepping for NW2 and working on finishing her Excellent and Masters titles in AKC!

Stacy is a longtime FDSA student and trains her Nosework dogs using FDSA methods. She also trains with top local NACSW trainers and Elite Level Certifying Officials on a regular basis. With this and her degree in Chemical Engineering, Stacy has developed a solid understanding of Scent Theory with many tools in her toolbox. She prides herself in being able to bring creative solutions to build odor obedience, confidence, drive and motivation for the sport. Judd himself is by nature a timid, soft dog and Stacy has been able to transform him into a highly competitive Elite Level dog. With Why, she has conquered his significant environmental issues… and with Joey she has built tremendous drive where there was little motivation for the sport to start. 

One of Stacy’s strengths in Nosework is trial preparation. She is able to evaluate the needs of the dog and develop a plan for setting the dog up for success. As a result she was able to prepare Judd for trialing in record time and has enjoyed an extremely high pass rate with fast times and placings. She’s an experienced Nosework competitor and knows what it takes to succeed in this exciting sport.

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, easliy 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.

Stacy is also an international clincian and AKC Scent Work Judge and Contractor. Her mantra is CONFIDENCE, MOTIVATION, SKILLS and STAMINA. Her specialty is getting teams ready for competition!

Stacy is an AKC Contractor and is contracted with the American Kennel Club to provide expertise in support of the AKC Scent Work program. Stacy is also an “Expert Judge” and licensed judge with the AKC for all levels of competition. She is the author of the popular blog, Scentsabilities Nosework, as well as being a popular internationally booked clinician for seminars.

Stacy’s Personal Website and Blog, Scentsabilities Nosework, can be found at: www.scentsabilitiesnw.com.

2019  camp sessions

Day 1: Friday

9:15AM – 10:45PM ET

Hall F

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 ET

Hall F

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 2: Saturday

9:00AM – 10:40AM ET

Hall F

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

1:40PM – 3:40PM ET

Hall F

Nosework – Scent Puzzles Lab

Experience Level: See Description

Our dogs come out of the womb as Harvard graduates in olfaction. Through scent puzzles, we help to hone them into Olfactory Rocket Scientists. Scent puzzles help your dog learn to problem solve. In this lab you will learn how to set scent puzzles and how to best utilize them based on your dog’s strengths and areas of challenge. Dogs in working spots should be adept at single hides in novel places.

Day 3: Sunday

11:00AM – 12:40PM ET

Hall F

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.

Day 3: Sunday

3:50PM – 5:30PM ET

Hall F

Nosework – Hide Placement Design Lab

Experience Level: See description

Has your training stagnated? Are you stuck on what or how to teach your dog new skills? Do you always set similar hides or hides that are too difficult? Learn about how you can systematically increase your skills and how to work common scent puzzles using air flow. Learn how to design your training sessions to make them powerful and effective! Dogs in working spots should be adept at single hides in novel places.