K9 NoseWork® (6 weeks — $160 — taxes in)
What is K9 Nose Work® ?
Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work® is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise. The innovative dog sport of K9 Nosework teaches the dog to use its olfactory ability (nose) to find a trained odor source (essential oils) and then tell the handler that they have found the source of the odor. Nosework utilizes the dog’s natural ability to hunt by using its nose. Most importantly your dog has fun. Nose Work can be done anywhere, anytime!
What is unique about the sport of Nosework is that dogs of all shapes and sizes can succeed including dogs with visual impairments and physical challenges. Dogs that are environmentally sensitive or fearful can have fun and enjoy learning this activity. Dogs that may have had a difficult time working in a class setting do extremely well because only one dog works at a time.
K9 Nose Work starts with getting your dog excited about using their nose to seek out a primary reward (favorite food treat or toy) hidden in one of several boxes. As the dog learns to focus, enjoy and understand the game searching expands to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced and more complex search skills are learned.
The Beginnings of K9 Nosework
Ron Gaunt, Amy Herot and Jill-Marie O’Brien in Southern California founded and developed the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work to bring fun scent work to the greatest number of dogs and their people.
K9 Nose Work blends the foundational skills used in K9 detection with a unique teaching style that promotes individuality and relationship building between dogs and their people, providing a lifetime of rewarding experiences.
Introduction to K9 Nose Work Level 1– an introduction to the activity of K9 Nose Work. Focus on foundation work to create a happy, confident and independent search dog. Using primary reward dogs are introduced to searching boxes and objects .
Introduction to K9 Nose Work Level 2 – continuing to build a foundation of confidence and independence by introducing dogs to various elements such as elevations, exteriors and objects using primary reward.
Introduction to Odour Level 1 — Learn how to transition your dog from hunting for primary reward to hunting for a target odour. Build a strong independent search dog with clear odor recognition in different environments.
Introduction to Odour Level 2 — Build on skills and gain experience searching exterior areas and vehicles using the proper techniques to help your dog take charge of the game.
Continuing Nose Work Level 3 — Additional odours added and plenty of team work exercises to build a strong nose work team.