Nosework

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Ready, Set, Sniff!

 

Nosework is a brand-new, scent-based canine sport. Just like dogs trained for drugs or explosives detection, Nosework expects a dog to hunt for, find, and show the source of hidden odor (essential oils) under various conditions such as in containers and vehicles, indoors and outdoors.

 

Nosework Classes

Nosework I: Intro to Odor!

Nosework I: Intro to Odor!

Attendance at the first night of class is required.
If you are unable to make the first class please wait and register for a new class at a future date.

Nosework is an exciting new scent detection-type sport where the dog must use his nose to find odor - essential oils - hidden under various circumstances (containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles). Whether your dog’s just nosey by nature (and maybe you want him to stop?) - or you’re interested in competing in this exciting new detection-type sport – Nosework 1 is the place to begin. We’ll show you how to develop your dog’s natural scenting ability by encouraging his curiosity, desire to hunt, and his love of food and toys.

Unlike other programs, we’ll begin with odor from the beginning (and no hunting for just food!) We also begin training with all three NACSW odors right away.

We'll keep things interesting for both dog and handler through games and activities you can easily do at home and take on the road.

Nosework is particularly great for:

  • Teaching nosey dogs when to sniff (and when not to)
  • Building confidence and focus in reactive dogs
  • Those short on time and space to exercise their dog. Nose games can be played anywhere, anytime! A few quick searches burn the same amount of physical and mental energy as the same runs of a full agility course!
  • Those looking for a new challenge and/or competitive outlet

 

While fun will be the focus in this intro-level class, the foundations will be laid for those who wish to go on to compete in NACSW's K9 Nose Work™, UKC Nosework, or CWAGS Scent Detective Games.

Equipment for Class 1:

While nosework can be a very inexpensive activity to get into with your dog, there are a few items you will need to get started. Additional equipment (game boxes, optional harness, etc) will be discussed at the first class.

  1. SENT KIT - This is a required purchase and will be available for sale at the first class.
  2. TREATS - Soft, yummy treats (cut up small). We personally like the string cheese sticks and the precooked meatballs you find in the freezer section of your local grocery store
  3. 4-6 FT LEASH - (nylon or leather)
  4. FLAT BUCKLE COLLAR - NO pinch, choke/slip, head halters, or ‘no-pull’ harnesses during searches.
  5. ½-inch to 1-inch ringed binder plus 8 dividers – To keep handouts in.

We will provide students with their first hot-scented training item that they will be able to take home to practice with. We do not recommend students purchase a kit until they have learned how to properly handle scent without risking contamination.

Nosework II: Let's Sniff!

Nosework II: Let's Sniff!

Continuing right where we left off in Nosework 1: Intro to Odor, students will continue to build confidence in the game of scent.

We will begin by breaking out of the Game Box, teaching the dog that odor now can be hidden in something other than a plastic box.

We first transfer to hiding odor in the white ORT boxes so students can prepare for the Odor Recogntion Test (ORT) and NW1 Level Container searches.  Then we will break out of the box completely by teaching the dog that now odor can hide in all sorts of objects. 

Students will learn how to troubleshoot training problems using the Foundation Nosework Games. And we will continue to increase distractions (such as food and other tempting distractions in the search area), reinforce obedience to odor, and work on building that focused alert, presenting new, challenging searches for you and your dog to solve through various games.

For those interested in competing, this class will help them prepare for their NACSW Odor Recognition Test (ORT) or UKC Pre-Trial Test (PT) and Level 1 Container searches.

For those who aren't interested in competition, don't worry - this is where the game of nosework really starts to become fun! Searches will start to become more and more interesting as odor starts hiding in new and interesting places and you are able to start getting creative with your hides.

While fun will be the focus in this second-level class, the foundations will be laid for those who wish to go on to compete in NACSW's K9 Nose Work™, UKC Nosework, or CWAGS Scent Detective Games.

PREREQUISITE: Nosework I: Ready, Set, Sniff! or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students may repeat class

Nosework III: Elements

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Instructors: Rebecca Fouts & Suzi Hicks

Students will be introduced to the four Nosework elements: containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles. They will use the Foundation Nosework Games to troubleshoot training problems. Distractions will become more challenging, we will continue to reinforce obedience to odor, and strengthen that focused alert as the dog is challenged to find odor under all sorts of situations and in different locations.

For those interested in competing, these searches will help prepare you and your dog for your NACSW Odor Recognition Tests (ORT)  or UKC Pre-Trial Test (PT) and trailing in the four Nosework elements (Containers, Interiors, Exteriors and Vehicles) in NACSW and UKC.

For those who aren't interested in competition, don't worry, this is where Nosework really becomes fun! Searches are now more and more challenging and interesting, as now odor can be hidden almost anywhere – inside your home, in your own yard, at the park, and more.

Hides will be made easier or more challenging depending on each team’s skill level. Please Note: Exterior and Vehicle searches will be dependent upon weather.

Those who are ready will make the transition to individual odors.

While fun will be the focus in this third-level class, the foundations will be laid for those who are preparing to/ or are competing in NACNW's K9 Nose Work™, UKC Nosework, or CWAGS Scent Detective Games.

PREREQUISITE: Nosework II or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students may repeat class.  

DROP-INS are Welcome - $30 per class, space permitting. Students MUST have completed the Distance Prep
Calling ahead is strongly suggested.

Nosework IV: Elemental Fun

Nosework IV: Trial Prep

We take everything you and your dog have learned about odor . . . and take it on the road (as weather allows). 

During Spring thru early Fall, this class is held off property at local parks and other locations in the area*.  The instructor will inform students each week the location of the next class.  During winter months (or incliment weather), we return to K9JYM where we will focus on cleaning up foundations and increasing the challenge of our searches, including high and inaccessible hides. 

In this intermediete level nosework class, we will focus taking the four search elements - containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicals - into new and unfamiliar locations to prepare for the challenges and distractions of a true trial enviornment.  Time will be set aside to prepare for the NACSW Odor Recognition Test (ORT) and UKC Pre-Trial Test (PT) for those who have not yet passed them.  Each dog is challenged at their own level. Obedience to odor under distractions in new and challenging locations and maintaining a solid alert are focused upon.

Students rotate through all three NACSW odors. 

For those interested in competiting, these searches will prepare you and your dog for your ORT/PT tests and going to your first UKC and NACNW trials.

For those who aren't interested in competition, don't worry, this is where the game of nosework really becomes fun!  You can now get truly creative and fun with your searches now that you can start hiding odor anywhere in your home, yard, while on a walk or even at the local park. 

While fun will be the focus in this forth-level class, the foundations will be laid for those who are preparing to/ or are competing in NACNW's K9 Nose Work™, UKC Nosework, or CWAGS Scent Detective Games.

PREREQUISITE: Nosework III or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students may repeat class.

DROP-INS are Welcome - $30 per class, space permitting. Students MUST have completed the Distance Prep
Calling ahead is strongly suggested.

The instructor will contact students via email before Class 1 to inform them about the location of class.


Below is list of currently running and upcoming classes
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Event Event Date Individual Price Capacity Register
Nosework III: Trial Prep: Fr 3/24/17 03-24-2017 8:30 pm $170.00 6
Nosework II: ORT Prep - Fr 3/24/17 03-24-2017 7:15 pm $170.00 6
Nosework I: Intro to Odor! - Fr 3/24/17 03-24-2017 6:00 pm $160.00 6
Nosework: All Levels - Daytime We 3/22/17 03-22-2017 1:30 pm $160.00 6