Join a fun June 2014 Class at Dog Works.......Nosework. Contact Margaret for more info. No requirements to join class. This fun sport is good for all dogs. Fill out class application and mail in with $100 class fee to reserve your spot in this new K9 sport. Classes will be taught on Tuesday evenings or Sat. Mornings....we are not sure yet. Run for 6 weeks, a second session will be offered. Check back in Mid May for the class time.
Info taken from Whole Dog Journal
Fun nose work, or K9 nose work, is a new sport that tests a dog’s ability to use his powerful sense of smell to locate a specific odor against the backdrop of many others. Although handlers take their dogs to group training classes to learn the game, only one dog is worked at a time. As a result, this is an ideal sport for dogs who are shy or reactive around people or dogs. It is also ideal for people looking for a sport that is less physically demanding on their dogs and isn’t populated by over-the-top, high-arousal dogs (and handlers). At the beginning levels of training, dogs are encouraged to “find” their toy in a box. Lavish praise, the toy, and treats reward the dog for his efforts. Later, the toy is hidden in a box among other empty boxes, and the dog is rewarded for finding the box that conceals his toy. Few pet dogs have opportunities to use their noses for a tenth of what dog noses were designed to do. Having a regular opportunity for using their sense of smell is highly reinforcing – and seems to tire and satisfy many dogs. Once the dog gets hooked on the game of “find it,” an essential oil such as birch, anise, or clove is used. A miniscule amount of one of these essential oils is placed on a very small cotton swab. The dog is rewarded for sniffing the container to indicate his find. This essential oil is then placed in more and more difficult locations for the dog to find.
Is this sport for you? This is a sport for just about everyone. It is easy on the handler, easy on the dog, inexpensive, and doesn’t require a lot of equipment. You’re hooked as soon as you see your dog’s face when he realizes that he will be rewarded for using his nose. As usual, have fun, train positively, and revel in the relationship with your dog, not the ribbons on the wall.