REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NEW INTRO TO K9 NOSE WORK CLASS!
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We’re excited to announced a new Intro to K9 Nose Work class, starting March 12 off Iliff & I-225. Nose work is great fun for your dog and provides wonderful enrichment. It’s perfect for just about any dog – young, old, fast, slow, rambunctious or shy, hearing or deaf dogs, visually impaired dogs, and even dog-reactive dogs. This class will be 12 weeks long to introduce your dog to to nose work, build drive and enthusiasm, develop key skills, introduce them to the key search elements (interiors, exteriors, vehicles, containers), and introduce the dogs to odor.
We will use the proven methodologies developed by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the developers and leaders of this exciting sport. In fact, your instructor is formally trained by NACSW. Your dogs will love the reward-based activity, as well as the opportunity to do what comes naturally to them, being the leaders of the searches (unlike other sports or some other nose work methodologies where dogs must follow directions by handlers with operant-conditioned behaviors), solve problems, and develop organically at their own pace. Your dogs will build the critical foundations skills needed to thrive doing nose work for fun or for competition with any venue (NACSW, USCSS, AKC, UKC).
If you have any questions, email Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video credit: Laurie Luck, Smart Dog University
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 K9 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! Only one dog allowed in the room at a time, so K9 Nose Work is popular with dog reactive dog owners. (Email trainer prior to registration if dog is human reactive to determine if class is a good fit.)
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 start out with the dogs searching for food using boxes or other containers inside the training center. We’ll then move to searches outside boxes in the facility, then introduce the dogs to searching outside, searching vehicles and containers. We’ll also transition the dogs from searching for food to searching for odor (i.e. birch oil).
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.
REGISTER FOR CLASS
INTRO TO NOSE WORK
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
Dates: March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2 April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28
Location: Conveniently located off I-225 and E. Illif Ave at The Hopeful Hound.
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