In Nose Work competition, there are three competitive levels, three specific scents to hunt, and four elements to a Nose Work Trial. The three scents that a dog can be asked to search for are birch, anise, and clove.
In Advanced Nose Work, your dog will be hunting the scents of Birch, Anise or Clove, as required for Nose Work competition at the NW2 and NW3 levels.
Single Session students are welcome for those who can’t commit to 6 consecutive weeks, 12 hour notice via registration or contact is required.
To achieve a NW2 title, the dog/handler team should demonstrate the following:
- The dog can find multiple hides in one environment.
- The dog and handler team can work through more challenging, less accessible hides.
- The dog can overcome food and toy distractions and alert only to odor.
- The dog can manage a longer, larger search.
Since the team has proven the ability and understanding of going to source, new challenges are introduced. These include things such as thresholds, hides at different heights, mixed environments (say a kitchen and an office, or exteriors with a hide in the concrete and a hide in tree), new vehicle configurations, new types of vehicles and containers, and, of course, distractions (generally in the container search). Teamwork between handler and dog becomes more important as the handler may need to recognize odor obedience over object focus or decide when to put the dog on and off the leash.
To achieve an NW3 title, the dog/handler team should demonstrate the following:
- The dog can find an unknown number of hides in a search environment.
- The handler will recognize the search behavior in a dog when no odor is present (if there is a blank room).
- The dog and handler team can work through even more challenging, less accessible hides with varying heights and containment.
- The dog can overcome food and toy distractions in any environment and alert only to odor.
- The dog can manage much longer, larger searches, with the interior searches potentially being 12-15 minutes.