K9 Nosework®

K9 Nosework® 

What is K9 Nosework® ?

Inspired by work­ing detec­tion dogs, K9 Nosework​® 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 Nose­work® 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 Nose­work® to bring fun scent work to the great­est num­ber of dogs and their peo­ple.
K9 Nose­work® 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.


Lev­el 1 — Intro­duc­tion to K9 Nose­work (6 weeks — $160 includ­ing tax)

An intro­duc­tion to the activ­i­ty of K9 Nose­work. Focus on foun­da­tion work to cre­ate a hap­py, con­fi­dent and inde­pen­dent search dog. Using pri­ma­ry reward dogs are intro­duced to search­ing box­es and objects .

Lev­el 2 — Intro­duc­tion to Odour (6 weeks — $160 includ­ing tax)

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.

Continuing/Advanced Nose­work (4 weeks — $120 includ­ing tax)

This class is for handler/dog teams that have expe­ri­ence with con­tain­er, inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or search­es and vehi­cles. Your dog search­es inde­pen­dent­ly and con­fi­dent­ly both off-leash and on-leash and you have some sol­id han­dling skills and are a keen observ­er of your dog’s search­ing behav­iour.

Less advanced teams will build on skills, gain expe­ri­ence and advance their han­dling tech­niques.  This class will intro­duce teams to ele­ments such as vehi­cles, dif­fer­ent exte­ri­or and inte­ri­or envi­ron­ments, dif­fer­ent types of hides and devel­op­ing your dog’s alert.  Addi­tion­al odours will be intro­duced and inte­grat­ed into search­es.

Please con­tact the instruc­tor at karen.k9nosework@smartdogtraining.ca before reg­is­ter­ing.

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