“Nosework” is the next big thing in dog training! It is a fun sport that involves teaching your dog to follow their nose to find different scents. Based upon the work that police and bomb- and airport-sniffing dogs do, you dog learns first to find the box that has food in it. Over repeated lessons, the food is then paired with a scent, and the dog continues the hunt! The result is a dog who can search a space for that particular smell. Dogs LOVE this sport, as sniffing is something they were born to do! You will smile with pride as you watch your dog learn how to, well…be such a DOG!
There are three parts to our Introductory Series:
Part 1: Intro to Nosework
Part 2: Beyond Intro to Nosework
Part 3: Intro to Odor
In the first Intro session, we focus on engaging your dog in the search using primary reward — food or toys! We will emphasize the dog’s independence and ability, while also teaching handlers about dog body language as they search. Please note that during class, your dog will wait in your car (weather permitting) or in a crate when it is not their turn to search. Ideally you will be able to watch the other dogs’ turns to enhance your learning, if your dog can tolerate waiting without you. Prerequisite: None. $205 for six classes.
The second Intro session continues building on the skills in the first level, searching in different environments and around various obstacles. We will continue to build your dog’s ability and introduce nose work search elements including continuing to search interiors and containers, but also start on vehicles and exterior environments. Prerequisite: Intro to Nosework. $205 for six classes.
In the third session, we introduce the target odor of birch by pairing their primary reward with the odor. Over time, your dog will learn to search for this specific odor as well as other odors. Prerequisite: Intro to Nosework & Beyond Intro to Nosework. $205 for six classes.
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