K9 Nose Work ®️is both a dog sport and a form of enrichment for your dog that is based on detection work, such as that seen in explosive or drug detection dogs, or dogs trained to check your luggage for contraband fruit & vegetables at the airport.
The sport involves teaching the dogs to hunt for trained odours (NOT illicit drugs... 😄) in four different settings- interiors; exteriors; containers & vehicles.
The dogs learn to search independently and solve problems. The agency involved in this activity and the utilisation of the dogs' natural abilities and drives creates a confident learner with more focus and less reactivity.
Not only is there behavioural benefit derived from the sport, it is FUN for the dogs and the handlers alike.
There is no need for previous experience and those who are keen to go on and compete in Nose Work trials are equally catered for with those keen to provide enrichment and learning, and simply for fun....
Because these classes are based on the NACSW model, the structure of the classes and environment is very suitable for reactive dogs, although not limited to them.