K9 Nose Work/ScentWork can be a fun activity for you and your dog and/or a competitive sport with titles. It builds confidence in shy dogs and, since only 1 dog works at a time, allows reactive dogs to focus and be successful. Serious brainwork coupled with low physical demands makes it ideal for recovering or aging dogs. In this 6-week class, dogs learn to search various elements: containers, interiors, exteriors, vehicles, human scent and buried.
They are encouraged to work independently, without direction or cues from their handlers. Handlers learn to observe their dogs’ body language and understand the difference between “on the scent” and “at the source.” As dogs progress from boxes to containers to environmental hides, inside and outside and on vehicles, they learn to search the whole area, high and low, close and distant, and their drive to find the hide increases.
Dogs start out with paired bait (food + odor, on cotton swabs) and gradually move to odor alone. Since self-reward from the food part of the hide becomes less frequent, dogs begin to signal the handler when they make a find, and handlers learn to distinguish the dog’s “Hmmmm, this is really interesting” from “Here it is!” Handlers periodically test their dog-reading skills with blind hides, where they have no idea where the bait is, and dogs become more precise on source indication.
Wednesday Day Classes: September,11 & October, 23
Wednesday Night Classes: September 4 & October, 30
Thursday, September 12 & Thursday, October, 24