Our school of Scent Sports encompasses the sports of Nosework and Tracking.
Nosework isn't just for old or reactive dogs anymore.... it's a mainstream, growing sport that is fun (and HARD) that is starting to take root worldwide. Canada has their own own association. Australia just started up a program similar to NACSW. Europe is jumping on the band wagon. People are realizing that this is a sport for every dog and it's fun and challenging!
Nosework engages Hunt Drive. Hunt Drive accesses the parts of the brain that help to both stimulate and focus the dog. It has a way of decreasing stress and at the same time tires the mind and body (great for the high energy pups!) Because of these attributes, it's a fantastic confidence builder. Nosework training also requires a ton of generalization. Working in hunt drive in novel areas translates to easier acclimation in new areas for other sports. Bonus!
Contrary to popular belief... it doesn't teach your dog to sniff or give them free rein to sniff in other sports. Your dogs already live through their noses. They are trained to only engage in this behavior in the presence of target odors. In fact, for Obedience dogs, you will see an increased ability to quickly find articles.... Nosework hones the dog's natural ability to and drive to find the source of odor.
Is this a "instinct sport" or is this a "trained sport?" The answer is.... both! Technically speaking, because the dog is in Hunt Drive, there is an element of instinct, however our dogs don't come out of the womb looking for Birch. We train them and teach them our expectations. At the same time we set up increasingly difficult scent puzzles to hone their natural abilities. And.... we learn ourselves.... as the levels progress, that the ability to read your dog becomes paramount.
If you've had a passing interest, think harder! If you thought this wasn't for your young high drive dog, think again! Fenzi Dog Sports Academy is THE premier online dog training academy in the world. We have prepared dogs for success at the highest levels! Our Nosework curriculum is Soup to Nuts and covers everything you could ever want to know about the sport.
If you love to watch your dog do what dogs do best - sniff - then you’ll love the classes in this school. All of our classes are designed to take your and your canine partner through the beginning stages to the polishing phase of all of our scent sports. Scent sports are unbeatable for building confidence and sureness in soft dogs while creating thinking and attention in more driven or harder dogs.
Dogs love to use their noses; join them in this amazing set of activities and be amazed at what your dog can do.
Here's a short video trailer to introduce you to your Nosework staff. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for a a fantastic sport for just about any dog of any age and temperament, check out our nose work program and watch your dog’s confidence grow!
Nose work is a fast growing sport that focuses on odor detection. Our nosework courses will systematically prepare your dog for the sport of nose work – starting from the most basic foundation in scent work and working up to the challenges found at the highest levels of competition. The Fenzi Academy teaches nose work using the principles of operant conditioning, so your dog will be exposed to the target odors from the first day. We do not pair odor with food or toys at any point in your dog’s career.
Core Skillbuilding Courses
- NW101: Introduction to Nosework taught by Stacy Barnett
- NW120: Introduction to NW Search Elements taught by Melissa Chandler
- NW130: Developing Advanced Nosework Skills taught by Julie Symons
- NW230: Polishing Skills for NW2 and NW3 taught by Stacy Barnett
- NW240: Nosework Challenges Series 1 taught by Stacy Barnett
- NW250: NW3 Prep - Mental Strategies and Advanced Puzzles taught by Stacy Barnett
- NW260: Rockin Vehicles and Awesome Exteriors taught by Stacy Barnett
- NW310: Building Motivation and Confidence taught by Melissa Chandler
- NW350: More Proofing and Generalization for All Levels taught by Stacy Barnett
- NW150: Scent Theory and Dynamics taught by Lucy Newton
- NW160: Alerts - Developing and Problem Solving taught by Lucy Newton
- NW310: Building Motivation and Confidence taught by Melissa Chandler
- NW370: Hide Placement for Powerful Training taught by Stacy Barnett
- NW390: Nosework Games taught by Melissa Chandler
- NW410: Nosework Coaching and Key Concepts taught by Julie Symons, Melissa Chandler
- NW450: Nosework Handler's Choice taught by Julie Symons
- NW500: Problem Solving for Nosework taught by Melissa Chandler
Tracking is the competitive sport in which the dog is taught to follow the path of a human being and to locate and indicate articles that are dropped by that person along the way. Unlike most dog sports where the dog is directed to perform in a certain manner, in tracking, the dog is the expert from the beginning. The handler shapes the environment so that the dog is able to hone a skill he already genetically possess – the skill of scenting. One of the challenges of teaching tracking is to keep the handler out of the picture while allowing the track to do the teaching.
Through our tracking program, your dog will learn to develop the skills necessary to compete in AKC type tracking tests, even if you decide to just have fun tracking. Through a progressive, targeted tracking approach, our goal is for the dog to develop both intensity and accuracy. Intensity is necessary when the dog is required to solve complex scent pictures created by aging, changes of cover, and hard surfaces. Accuracy is necessary in order for the dog to successfully negotiate a track and locate multiple articles. Our goal is to teach in a manner that the dog learns to trust his nose regardless of additional clues. By training in this manner, the dog learns to work both confidently and independently of the handler.
These courses are suitable for dogs of all ages, although both dogs and handlers should be able to walk reasonably long distances and must be willing to work in inclement weather!
These courses will introduce you to the basic concepts in tracking. This will include equipment, scent theory, and the influence of the environment. They will also begin the process of article indication and letting the track teach the dog.
- TR101: Foundation Tracking 1 taught by Lucy Newton
- TR102: Foundation Tracking 2 taught by Lucy Newton
Skill Building Courses
A continuation of the foundation courses, these skill building courses introduce your dog to turns, changes of cover, and increasing distance.
- TR203: Skill Building taught by Lucy Newton
- TR210: Tracking Challenges and Distractions taught by Lucy Newton
The advanced courses will help your dog become confident while solving challenging scent puzzles.
These tracking classes are specific to the sport of IPO. Each course in this series builds on the one before. If you take each one, it should give you the knowledge to successfully trial in the IPO tracking phase.