Instructor: Stacy Barnett
Want to take your Nosework skills to the next level?
This is the fourth skill building course in our Nosework curriculum and will build on the skills acquired in our previous classes. This class is appropriate for any team wishing to polish the more advanced skills of Nosework. Although our curriculum starts dogs on odor using Operant Conditioning, the subsequent classes are suitable for teams regardless of how you train.
This class will take your NW2 and NW3 skills to the next level. We will challenge you with topics such as:
- advanced containers, proofing for distractions and working with luggage
- converging odor from multiple hides
- accessible vs. inaccessible hides
- how to assess if a hide is inaccessible and when to call alert
- how to deal with inaccessible vehicle hides
- setting up advanced scent puzzles and improving detailing skills
- dealing with hide elevation
- building search stamina
- generalization, generalization, generalization
Compilation of Student Videos from June 2015 Session:
Next session starts: August 1, 2018Registration starts: July 22, 2018Registration ends: August 15, 2018
Registration will begin at 11:30 AM Pacific Time.
For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.
Enrollment limits: Gold: 12 students, Silver: 15 students, Bronze: unlimited.
Silver level for this class is offered as "Working Silver". In addition to asking GENERAL clarification questions about the class lecture materials, silver students will now have the opportunity to submit two short videos, one minute each, for critique and review. You may submit two questions. Each question MUST have a one minute video attached so the instructor can actually answer a question that they can see. The question must relate to a topic in the class and the video must be a demo of the question. Please see the discussion forum for a detailed explanation - feel free to sign up at bronze, read the explanation, and then come back here to upgrade to silver if that interests you, and if space is available.
If you are interested in a bronze level subscription, you can sign up at any time during the registration period.
- What to expect with NW2 and NW3 trials
- Self assessment and goals for the course
- Accessible vs. Inaccessible
- How to tell the difference
- What makes a good hide
- Accessible vs. Inaccessible baseline
- Inaccessible vehicle hides: how to identify and how to call
- Timing the Alert for inaccessible hides in Exteriors and Interiors
- Generalization - taking it on the road
- Review of basic Scent Theory
- Converging odor from multiple hides, getting to source
- Improving detailing skills
- Setting up advanced scent puzzles
- Generalization - multiple hide scent puzzles away from home
- Introduction to luggage and container complexity (shape, size, material)
- Use of distractors in NW trials
- Identifying distraction versus odor alert in your dog
- Proofing exercises for distractors
- Generalization - different containers, different locations
- Hide elevation for NW2 and NW3
- Natural distractions, building odor obedience in the face of crittering
- Managing Crittering!
- More advanced scent puzzles
- Generalization - challenging novel environments
- Building independent search behavior
- Building search stamina with sequential blind, timed hides
- Self Assessment
There are no specific prerequisites for this class. It is recommended that your dog be working confidently on all of the elements doing single hide searches. It is helpful if you have already started basic multi-hide searches. A NW1 title is not required to participate in this class.
This class is suitable for all teams ready to start training NW2 or teams that are more advanced and want to polish their existing skills in preparation for NW2 or NW3.
- 12 ORT type boxes
- Containers for Non-Box Container searches such as luggage, milk jugs, empty 2 L bottles, thermoses, trashcans, get creative!
- Oils for the first two levels of your trialing organization (Birch and Anise for NACSW)
- Qtips or scent kit.
- Tins, straws, tubes and other containers to hold Qtips
- Access to search areas and vehicles
NW2 and NW3 trials bring additional complexities that you don’t get in NW1. NW2 is about a solid search. Can you find all of the hides in the given amount of time? Can you alert only on odor and not distracters in the Container search? NW3 takes these elements and adds handler head games. It starts to really get crazy. You won’t know the number of hides and in interiors you might even have a search area with no odor! This class will help you develop the technical skills needed for both NW2 and NW3.
In this class we will do LOTS of generalization. FDSA is strongest in getting its students trial ready and the Nosework program is no different in this respect. I’m a HUGE believer in generalization for Nosework. From your very first trial, you will have to take your dog to novel places and perform with no ability to generalize them to their surroundings. The only way you will be able to accomplish this is through LOTS and LOTS of searching in novel locations. I have some techniques to get you started and we’ll cover that in a later lecture. However, please be prepared to take your dog on the road. This is CRITICAL in getting trial ready. I can’t emphasize that enough. I can promise you that if you do the generalization work in the way I lay it out for you, it will pay off in spades. My NW3 dog is a highly environmental dog. However, he knows when we are at a Nosework trial and he trembles in pure anticipation for his turn to search. Because he has no issues searching novel areas, all of our stress is “good stress” and it helps us to focus on finding all of the hides quickly and accurately instead of worrying about our surroundings. Even the sound of the shutter of the photographer melts away since the two of us get completely absorbed in our task. Sounds great doesn’t it? It’s totally doable if you work the program.
You will also notice that I do A LOT of Exterior searches (although I will generalize on all of the elements and will ask you to do as well). The scent puzzles are more of a challenge outdoors and so are the distractions. The distractions help to proof my dog. We will work a lot on setting appropriate hides in this course. It’s easy to overface our partner. But in the end, lots of exterior hides pay off. I hope to watch LOTS of generalization videos this session with well thought out hide locations. One of my trainers tells me “Train Hard, Trial Easy”. In prepping for NW1 we did a search next to a pen full of ducks…. when we went into NW1, high wind conditions was a piece of cake. Judd stayed focused and driven. This approach continued to help us. Don’t overface your dog, but be ready to get out of your comfort zone! It’s my mission to make sure that the best teams out there are FDSA teams!
The format of this class is part video assignment, part written assignment. You will have minimum of 3 video assignments per week. Please keep to the assignments rather than submitting extra videos. I promise I will keep you busy! The written assignments are intended to help build understanding and learning. If you do both in this class you will get the most out of the material. This class is pretty dense though so please go at your own pace.
Silver and Bronze students… videoing yourself is one of the greatest learning tools. I know I find I learn more and more the more I watch videos of my searches. You’ll be able to watch your timing, when and how you reward, the dog’s body language in odor, and more. Although I won’t be able to review your videos, I do hope that you will follow the assignments and really work the class. Silvers, please ask questions! Other folks may have the same question and you might be asking a question that a Bronze student is dying to ask! Bronze students, I may not be interacting with you directly, but I do know that you are out there and I hope you are getting everything that you want out of this class. We cover a lot of both theory and practice in this class and if after class starts you feel that you need to ask questions, the option to upgrade to Silver is available for a couple of weeks. My overall goal for the class is to help FDSA Nosework students to grow their advanced skills and to help support a truly awesome community of NW sport enthusiasts. This sport is my passion and my promise to you is that I have and will give everything I can into this class.
One thing that you will need to consider getting is a small waterproof/leak proof container that you can keep with you. We will do a lot of generalization work and this will make things more convenient. I have a small dive container that I keep 3 tins in. I keep this in my car so that I can easily pull off the side of the road at any time and place hides. This makes it REALLY easy to get in generalization practice. Here’s a picture of what I use:
A SAMPLING OF WHAT PRIOR STUDENTS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS COURSE ...
This class is a "must have" for any team wanting to improve their Noseworks skills for NW2 or NW3... I feel like I understand the game so much better now, and my dog and I are a stronger team for sure- and we had so much FUN doing it!!
Really enjoyed this course. Thanks to the instructor for a very well done and extremely worthwhile course.
NW230 really helped my dog and me to take our nosework training to the next level. I now have a better understanding of the skills our team needs to succeed in NW2 and 3. Stacy is an amazingly talented and caring instructor who works hard to help her students train hard for easy trialing. Thanks, Stacy! - Cheryl M.
This is an intense class.... Stacy was upfront about the class being dense with material that needed to be covered. I had to work diligently throughout the 6 weeks to keep up with the homework assigned.... and our improved skills are a testiment to all of that work.
Definitely even better than expected, and I felt confident it would be good -- didn't imagine it would be magnificent.
Good detailing, and volumes of information. Loved it. This is what we need.
Wonderful lectures and videos -- many more than expected.
Stacy is the epitome of an incredible, caring instructor! She clearly cares about her students and their progress.