K9 Nose Work®

Nose work trainingDogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The activity and sport of K9 Nose Work® is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise.

What to Expect: First time in a Nose Work Class

All dogs work one at a time, and will be placed inside the dog crates crated during their down time.  It is helpful if the dog already has a strong desire to play with toys, but it is not required.    This class is a great for newly adopted dogs and helps them become more confident in new environments.   The Intro to Nose Work class can be repeated many times as the level of difficulty will be adjusted as the dog gains better skills.  It’s also a great class for dogs that need a lot of mental and physical stimulation, but have a hard time in classes with other dogs.  They will have an opportunity to build confidence in new environments, and working around obstacles without the stress of interactions with other dogs.

Goals:

The primary goal of this class is fun.  Game playing and hunting is first and foremost, this is a class where dogs get to be dogs.  Some dogs have taken this class who have had little experience playing with toys, (or with their owners), but with several repetitions of the class have been transformed. Owners should not feel discouraged if their dogs don’t ‘get it’ right away…so many other benefits come from the class experience itself.  In other cases, the dogs have had a good foundation in find it games and play in general.  Fortunately the class can be adjusted to accommodate different skill levels.

RESTRICTIONS:

Dogs must be capable of handling confinement during the class, either crated away from their handlers or in a properly equipped vehicle.

No dogs with any aggression towards people.

K9 Nose Work® Class Descriptions

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Nose Work 1

This class focuses on teaching you how to encourage and develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise.  It’s a great class for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy and to find out just how good is your dog’s nose. This class introduces the concept of the game, builds handler observation skills and timing using boxes and a ‘hidden’ treat in an inside environment. You and your dog work in the ring one team at a time, allowing your dog to focus and learn with minimal distractions.

Length: 6 weeks

Cost: $150

Class size: Max. 6 dogs

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Nose Work 2

This class will focus on two of the elements of K9 Nose Work©, Container searches and Interior searches.  You will continue to develop your skills as a handler and in sharing with your dog the excitement of more challenging hunts with more complex searches.  The odor of birch will be introduced during this session.

Prerequisite: Nose Work 1

Length: 6 weeks

Cost: $150

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Nose Work 3

This class will focus on the last two of the elements of K9 Nose Work©, Vehicle searches and Exterior Searches.  Higher level of environmental distractions are introduced with vehicle and exterior searches, keeping the challenge of the hunt always exciting for you and your dog.  These classes will continue to develop your handler skills in leash management, understanding your dog’s ‘hunting’ language and the effects of ever changing environments on a search.

Prerequisite: Nose Work 2

Length: 6 weeks

Cost:$150

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Continuing Nose Work

This class will continue to develope handler skills and focuses on all of the elements of K9 Nose Work®, container, interior, exterior and vehicle searches.  Higher level of environmental distractions are introduced with container, vehicle and exterior searches, keeping the challenge of the hunt always exciting for you and your dog.  Focus on teamwork and supporting your dog during the search are emphasized.  These classes will continue to develop your handler skills in leash management, understanding your dog’s ‘hunting’ language and the effects of ever changing environments on a search.   You are encouraged to video tape your sessions for review, especially if you are considering competition.   Field trips may be included as part of this course.

Prerequisite: Nose Work 3

Length: 6 weeks

Cost: $125.00

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Nose Work Field Trips

Practice your skills in all the elements of K9 Nose Work© - containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles.  The teams will hide for each other and there will be no formal training, just hunting.  A steward will be at each class to direct you as to search spaces and traffic flow, this person should also be contacted if you cannot make it, you get lost, or you are running late.  Locations and steward's contact information will be sent in your confirmation email before each session.  You will need to plan to kennel your dog in your car.  

Prerequisite: Dog must be searching for Odor.

Length: 3 weeks

Cost: $45.00

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Nose Work Fun Searches

This is an ongoing nosework class for those people who want to keep playing and having fun.  Search puzzles will be set up by the class coordinator and coaching will be available if needed.  Field trips in the local area to give you exposure to new searching environments may be included.  The focus will be on searching fun for you and your dog, and will use all 4 elements of nosework for searches.

Prerequisite:  Nosework 3 class or equivalent and your dog must be on odor.

Length: 6 weeks

Cost: $125.00

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