K9 Nose Work ®️is both a dog sport and a form of enrichment for your dog that is based on the training of scent detection dogs, such as 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 dog's natural abilities and hunting (seeking) drive creates a confident learner with more focus and less reactivity. Handlers learn to work as a team with their dog, developing their observation and leash handling skills, and using their knowlege of how odour behaves in response to air movement, temperature etc to assist the search.
The program is based on the following six week blocks of courses (levels adapted from those developed by Lesia Burford of K9 Nose Time - used with permission): Level .5 - Puppy Nose Work - Puppies will gain independence and confidence searching objects and new environments. Suitable for puppies up to 6 months. Level 1 - Intro to K9 Nose Work®️ - Dogs will be introduced to the sport using K9 Nose Work®️ methodology. Suitable for dogs over the age of 6 months. Suitable for dogs new to the sport of K9 Nose Work®️. Level 2 - Preparation and Introduction to Odour (Birch). This level focuses on developing handler skills. Dogs will be introduced to Odour 3 weeks into the 6 week term. Level 3 - Odour Recognition Trial preparation. Working on skills and reading your dog on odour to prepare for an ORT. Suitable for dogs who have done Level 2 in the last 6 months. Level 4 - Birch and Intro to Anise. Continuing to build obedience to Birch and introducing the Odour of Anise. Suitable for dogs that are proficient in searching for Birch. Level 5 - Birch, Anise and Intro to Clove. Continuing to build Birch and Anise and introducing the Odour of Clove. Suitable for dogs that are proficient in searching for Birch and Anise. Level 6 - All Odours 1. Class will use all 3 odours and focus on skills used in a Nose Work 1 Level Trial and Level 1 Element Specialty Trial. Suitable for dogs that are proficient in all 3 Odours and looking to train at a Nose Work 1 level. Level 7 - All Odours 2. Class will use all 3 odours and focus on skills used in a Nose Work 2 Level Trial and Level 2 Element Specialty Trial. Suitable for dogs that are proficient in all 3 Odours and looking to train at a Nose Work 2 level. Level 8 - All Odours 3. Class will use all 3 odours and focus on skills used in a Nose Work 3 Level Trial and Level 3 Element Specialty Trial. Suitable for dogs that are proficient in all 3 Odours and looking to train at a Nose Work 3 level.
Also look out for K9 Nose Work®️ FUN DAYS!!! Keep an eye on my Facebook page for details of upcoming events!
Not only is there great behavioural benefit derived from this activity for your dog, 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 wanting to provide enrichment and learning, and simply have 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. Your instructor is an Associate Nose Work Instructor (ANWI) with NACSW.
There are limited places available in the Beginners Class commencing on Friday 28th May @ 1.00pm. Classes run for six weeks and are held at Hazelbrook.