Beginner ~ Intro to K9 Nose Work
Who should come?
Any dog of any size, age, shape or color
Dogs and handlers with no prior training of any type
Dogs and handlers with no dog-sport experience
Dogs and handlers with training or experience in other sports
Dogs with physical disabilities
Check out Addie, a blind Cattle Dog, Trooper, a Golden amputee missing a hind leg, and Teagan, an Aussie who is deaf and visually impaired.
What will my dog and I learn?
Your dog will learn how to use his or her nose more efficiently by developing the skills necessary to solve challenging scent problems.
You will begin to learn how to read your dog’s body language when working scent and how to handle the dog effectively on-leash and off-leash.
All dogs begin their K9 Nose Work training by searching for their favorite food (or in some cases, a favorite toy). In the beginning, your dog will be searching for food in boxes. As their desire to hunt and confidence grows, they'll progress to searching out of boxes and in a variety of environments.
This all-important foundation prior to introducing target odors can take two months or more. During this time, we make sure there is little risk of failure for the dog, which is what motivates them and keeps them enjoying the activity.
K9 Nose Work is all about celebrating the dogs and their amazing abilities.