In this class, you will learn the basics of Nose Work. Nose Work starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and competition skills are taught.
Nose Work harnesses the power of the canine nose and allows dogs to utilize both their powerful nose and their desire to hunt. The sport of Nose Work is wonderful for dogs of all ages, personalities, and sizes, and has made basic search-dog skills available to companion dogs.
For fun or competition, Nose Work is a terrific sport for both people and dogs. This is the one sport where the dog knows more than the person at the end of the leash! This sport requires zero skill from the handler. The dog’s nose knows!
Nose Work is a great activity for almost every type of dog. It’s the perfect way to give an older dog something to do that is impact-free. It’s also a great way to burn off energy in a younger dog. If your dog is shy, Nose Work is excellent at building confidence. Nose Work is the perfect sport for reactive or dog-aggressive dogs because there are never any other dogs around when one dog is searching.
“I enrolled in my first class as was suggested by another trainer as a tool to increase my dog’s confidence and improve her reactivity. After the first 3 months, I was hooked. Since then Bella, my fearful, reactive GSD, and I have successfully competed in trials, as well as attended many lectures and offsite Nose Work clinics. While she will always be reactive, Nose Work has given us the ability to navigate the world and have fun practicing and trialing. In the past year, I have added a dutch shepherd, Mina, to my Nose Work team. I really enjoy watching the dogs think and especially when they solve the problem!” ~Loreen Robbins