Nose Work for the Companion Dog
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- This course focuses on teaching you how to encourage and develop your dog's natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of food, toys and exercise.
- Its a great course for your dog to have fun, build confidence and burn lots of mental and physical energy and to find out just how good your dog's nose is.
- no prerequisites
During this course you will learn how to get your dog started in the sport of Nose Work/ Scent Work, find out what motivates your dog, and get him or her excited to use their natural hunting instincts to find the hidden odor.
This Sport is great for all kinds of dogs, it builds confidence and trust and will strengthen the bond you have with your dog.
This course is great for newly adopted dogs and helps them become more confident in new environments, it is also a great course for dogs that need a lot of mental and physical stimulation, but have a hard time in classes with other dogs and it is perfect for dogs retiring from active sports.
The dogs will experience the opportunity to work without the stress of interaction with other dogs, Nose Work brings out and uses your dog's natural hunting instincts.
We start training by getting our dogs excited about hunting for hidden treats or a favorite toy, the dog is immediately rewarded when he/ she finds the treat or toy building even more excitement for the game. As training advanced the searches for the treats/ toys get more difficult and we add more complex problems for them to solve. In higher levels of training we take the searches outside ( Exterior Searches ) while we increase the complexity of searching inside ( Interior Searches).
Continuing and strengthening our Foundation we add Vehicle Searches to our Routine, the American Kennel Club even has buried Hide Searches. In these advanced searches, we start building endurance as well as discrimination between the odor "source" and other environmental distractions. In such searches, dogs seek specific odors ( National Association of Canine Scent Work uses sweet Birch, Anise, and Clove- the American Kennel Club also has Cypress as one of the Odors). The odors are infused on cotton swabs and hidden inside tins, straws, or other objects. Once the dog has found the object the must signal this to the handler and the handler must be trained to recognize the dogs signal.
With this Introduction to Nose Work course I would like to give you an inside on how to start your dog in this sport.
- People looking to do something fun with their dogs
- Dogs who can't attempt group classes due to fear or aggression
Congratulations and thank you,
for enrolling in this fun Online Self Study Course about Nose Work/ Scent Work.
This Course should not be a substitute for attending a class with an Instructor, this course is built to give you a better view and understanding of what Nose Work/ Scent Work is all about.
The Introduction to Nose Work/ Scent Work class can be repeated many times as the level of difficulty will be adjusted as the dog gains better skills.
This course is great for newly adopted dogs and helps them become more confident in new environments, it is also a great class for dogs that need a lot of mental and physical stimulation or dogs that are retiring from other dog sports due to age or injuries.
Nose Work/ Scent Work brings out and uses your dog's natural hunting instincts.
Training generally starts by getting a dog excited about hunting for hidden treats or a favorite toy. The dog is immediately rewarded when he finds the treat or toy building even more excitement for the game.
As a dog becomes more skilled training advances to interior, exterior, container, and with some venues vehicle searches.
In advanced classes, dogs perform searches that build endurance as well as discrimination between the odor "source" and other environmental distractions. In such situations, dogs seek specific odors, (in NACSW nose work three odors are used: birch, anise, and clove. In additional to these odors, the United Kennel Club (UKC) uses myrrh and vetiver, and the American Kennel Club uses cypress) infused on cotton swabs and hidden inside tins, straws or other objects. Once the dog has found the object they must signal to the handler and the handler must be trained to recognize the dog's signal.
Class level 1
Introduction to Nose Work/ Scent Work - Overview
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and natural desire to hunt, this class focuses on teaching you how to encourage and develop your dog's natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of food, toys, and exercise.
It's a great class for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy and to find out just how good your dog's nose is.
The list of Organizations that offer Scent Work for dogs is growing, here are some Organizations listed if you are interested in learning more about this great sport for you and your dog.
National Association of Canine Scent Work www.nacsw.net
American Kennel Club www.akc.org
United Kennel Club www.ukcdogs.com/nosework
United States Canine Scent Sports www.uscaninescentsports.com
Performance Scent Dogs www.performancescentdogs.com
K9 ABC Games http://k9abcgames.net/index.php?r=site/page&view=about
Glossary of possible Nose Work/ Scent Work Terminology used during our Introduction Course:
Container - Inside a box.
Cold box - A box or object without target odor
Hide - Hidden food treat or odor
Hotbox - The box containing the hidden target odor is called "hot".
Kibble - A slang term for dry commercially available dog food (as opposed to moist diets, raw food, etc.)
Odor - The smell of treats or essential oils used in competitions and training: birch, clove, anise, cypress
Primary - Things your dog likes the best: food or toys (food preferable for beginner dogs)
Source - The exact location of the hidden primary or the odor source. (Used primarily in reference to target odors).
Target Odor - The odor the dog will be searching for.
Thresholds - A threshold is a location where every search starts, going from a non-search area into a search area.
Anke King, CNWI
AKC Scent Work Judge,
K9 Bondz, LLC