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.
Also look out for 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 handlers to have formal experience in dog training, but it is necessary for your dog to have basic behaviours such as recall and sit on cue.
Nervous and reactive dogs benefit a great deal from Nose Work and the structure of the classes and environment is suitable, although not limited, to their needs. Those who are keen to go on and compete with their dogs in Nose Work trials are as welcome as those wanting to provide enrichment and learning, and simply have fun....
Your instructor is an Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with NACSW.
Classes run for five weeks and are held at Hazelbrook or Yellow Rock.