FALL 2018 INTRO TO NOSE WORK CLASS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
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WHAT IS NOSE WORK?
Nose Work is a fabulous activity and sport designed for anyone and any dog. Nose Work builds on your dog’s natural ability to smell and hunt, and builds drive to search for food and odors. You and your dog can play for fun or compete in sport trials. It provides mental exercise for your dog, builds confidence for shy or fearful dogs, gives high energy dogs a workout without requiring the owner to be athletic (no running like in agility), helps dogs focus, helps the reactive dog participate in a classroom environment without the stress of other dogs in the room at the same time, and strengthens the relationship between you and your dog. It’s fun for you and your dog!
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Any dog with a nose! Young dogs, old dogs, any breed, dogs with high energy, dogs with low energy, dogs with physical limitations, dogs with dog reactivity issues, fearful dogs, dogs with any level or lack of obedience. Get get the idea.
- Dog must be at least 3 months old unless given permission by trainer first.
- No prior training required for Intro to Nose Work.
- Dogs must be able to be calmly kenneled in a different room from owner and/or relax in the car away from owner.
- Dog reactive dogs welcome! (Email trainer prior to registration if dog is human reactive.)
- Note: Like other dog sports, Nose Work consists of a progression of classes. Handlers/dogs must attend Intro to Nose Work before moving on to Intro to Odor, Intro to Vehicles and Exteriors, and more advanced classes.
The overall goal of Intro to Nose Work is to familiarize dogs and their owners with the game of scent work, build the dog’s drive or desire for the game, and help the owner to start to understand their dogs more clearly. In this class, we’ll focus on searching for food using boxes or other containers inside the training center.
All dogs work one at a time and are crated/kenneled in another room or in the owner’s car when not working. This allows the dogs needed downtime in between their turns and allows each dog to work without the distraction of another dog present.
WHAT COMES AFTER THIS CLASS?
After Intro to Nose Work, you will move directly into the Intro to Vehicles & Exteriors and Intro Odor class, where your dog will be introduced to the first scent (birch), exteriors/outside searches and vehicles. Then, you’ll move on to Continuing Nose Work classes to learn more handling skills and more advanced searches. Learning will later progress to being introduced to other odors used in the sport (anise, clove) and learning more strategy, handler skills, more complex problems for the dogs, etc. Lots of fun!
REGISTER FOR CLASS
INTRO TO NOSE WORK
Days/Times: Sundays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Dates: Sept 9, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28
Location: Conveniently located off I-225 and Alameda Ave (facility address sent with registration confirmation)
TO REGISTER, SELECT THE CLASS FROM THE DROP DOWN MENU, PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL, PHONE NUMBER, YOUR DOG’S NAME AND DOG BREED, AND SELECT ‘BUY NOW’