6 weeks $150.00 Instructor: Martha Windisch
Classes are designed to accomodate new and returning students
Where can my dog learn and practice K9 Nose Work?
The sport of K9 Nose Work includes fun nose work classes that are spreading from California to other parts of the country including the east coast. Introduction to K9 Nose Work classes are currently being offered at Pinelands Dog Training Center.
Why get involved in K9 Nose Work and are there K9 Nose Work titles?
K9 Nose Work is a great sport for your dog because it requires no prior training or skills and is relatively easy to teach your dog, only requires mild physical demands on you and your dog, gives your dog tons of mental stimulation, is suitable for both confident and timid dogs as well as high-energy and low-energy dogs and can be practiced at home and in urban settings. Some get involved with K9 Nose Work just for the fun of it and others like the fun, but also are interested in competition and earning titles. If you are interested in finding out about the requirements for K9 Nose Work competitions and titling visit the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) at www.nacsw.net. The NACSW is the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of K9 Nose Work.
What type of dogs would like and/or benefit from K9 Nose Work?
K9 Nose Work is great for extremely high drive dogs as a way to use up some of their excess energy. K9 Nose Work is also good for dogs that need some encouragement to investigate using their noses; nose work classes can be a great confidence-builder for these dogs. Because dogs get to work one at a time, dogs that are shy or fearful, unfocused or unmotivated, or reactive with other dogs are able to participate.
How do you train a dog for K9 Nose Work?
Teaching nose work to dogs begins with a hide-n-seek game involving cardboard boxes and treats. Both dogs and their owners love nose work because it allows a dog to use his or her natural hunting instinct – it lets the dog be a dog and it lets the handler learn about scent from the dog. Co-founder Ron Gaunt emphasizes, “We don’t teach the dogs anything about nose work, we’re just the tour guides.” As training for K9 Nose Work advances, dogs get to use their remarkable scenting abilities to find the level 1 odor of birch, then the level 2 odor of anise, and finally the level 3 odor of clove. First, the dogs learn to seek the scent in cardboard boxes and then they move on to interior searches, exterior searches and vehicle searches. The scent-searching game also involves it being hidden at various heights.
Nose Work With Katie Brennan:
Intro to Nose Work: 6 Weeks: $150 Instructor: Katie Brennan
Wednesdays: 3:30pm - 4:30pm Dates: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
In this class, you will learn how to get started in canine nose work. This fun sport was designed by using a dog's natural desire to hunt and combining it with food and toy rewards. It is suitable for any breed or age, and is the perfect activity to engage your dog's body and mind.
Nose Work Drop-In Class: $25 Per Class Instructor: Katie Brennan
Fridays: 3:30pm - 4:30pm Dates: Ongoing (Note: no class on 3/27)
This class is for all levels of nose work, and will be held on a drop-in basis. Challenges will vary according to the skill level of those in attendance. All dogs must be on at least birch odor
To Arrange Joining one of Katie's Classes:
Please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-962-3612