WHAT IS K9 NOSEWORK?
Nosework is a fun game that teaches dogs the art of scent detection by using their innate hunting drive and unique talent for picking up scents and locating the source. Nosework classes are an incredibly enjoyable way to spend quality time with your dog and improve human-canine bond.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE K9 NOSEWORK?
Lets face it, most people have busy, hectic lives filled with work, home chores and a thousand other tasks. The average dog on the other hand does not have a "job" to keep them busy and this leads to them being bored, under exercised and understimulated. Some dogs handle this boredom well, but others may develop anxiety or other behavioral issues.
Nosework training encourages the dogs to work independently and make their own choices. It will enrich your dog’s life and bring joy and pride to both of you. As a dog owner you will witness what your dog does the best - use his nose!
BENEFITS OF K9 NOSEWORK
Provides physical and mental stimulation, promotes confidence
Satisfies your dog need for challenge and achievement
Increases sense of trust and companionship between the dog and human
Is accessible for dogs and puppies of any breed and age. Even disabled dogs can participate*
Suitable for shy, fearful and reactive dogs**
Is easy to practice, there is no need much equipment and you can train almost anywhere
No prior training is required and no obedience is needed
HOW THE TRAINING WORKS?
Nosework mimics professional detection tasks. The dog must find a hidden target odor and alert the handler. After the dog makes a find, he is rewarded with food, a toy or whatever he likes the most. One dog and one handler form a team.
As training advances the dog will get to use their remarkable scenting abilities to find the scents of birch, anise and clove. Meanwhile you will start learning how to read your dog's unique hunting behavior and body language. As time passes the team will be challenged with progressively more complicated search scenarios.
CAN MY DOG PARTICIPATE?
Virtually any dog with a nose can participate. During the classes dogs work one at a time taking turns, so a dog that is not super-friendly towards other dogs can enjoy this activity too. The only skill that is essential for each dog in the class is to be able to be left either in the car or in a crate (provided if necessary) and rest more or less quietly while waiting for his or her turn.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE CLASS?
A well-rested and hungry dog plus a lot of delicious treats and/or dog's favorite toy(s). The dog should be on a leash and wear a well fitted collar or harness.
* Some dogs may require a consultation with veterinarian before enrollment to the class
* * Some dogs may require our assessment before coming to the class environment