Nosework

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Inspired by working detection dogs, Nosework is an exciting and enjoyable search and scenting activity for dogs of all ages. While the main focus is for the dog and handler to be having fun, this new sport brings out the canine’s natural instinct to use his nose and helps build the dog’s confidence and focus, providing a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through both mental stimulation and physical exercise. These Nosework classes are suitable for all dogs with the exception of human-aggressive dogs.

Introductory Nosework

Nosework was developed to provide a fun activity for pet dogs to give them an outlet to use their natural hunting and scenting abilities. This class is for dogs that are new to Nosework and begins to teach the primary skills to progress in this sport whether for personal enjoyment or for competition. At the same time it will strengthen the bond between dog and handler. As the dog’s skills increase, new challenges and dynamics in the search setting are introduced beginning the underlying foundation to help build the dog’s confidence working around obstacles and in different search environments. This class may be repeated several times.

Please Bring: Lots of treats (or toys, if your dog does not like food), crate, and a buckle collar.

Class Requirements:

Dog must have completed a Cardunal Beginners Obedience class (NOTE: at the discretion of the Nosework instructor, there may be exceptions. If you have any questions, contact Judy Lantinen at 847-401-6890 or email k9-labs@comcast.net)

 

Intermediate Nosework Level 1 (this class is not offered at this time)

This class builds on the foundational skills learned in the Introductory Nosework class as we continue exercises and search challenges to build the dog’s confidence and search skills. As the dogs continue to learn, the handlers continue to develop techniques for supporting their dogs in the search, and to improve their ability to read their dog. This class may be repeated several times.

Please Bring: Lots of treats (or toys, if your dog does not like food), crate, and a buckle collar.

Class Requirements:

Dog must have completed the Introductory Nosework class, and have approval of the Nosework instructor (NOTE: at the discretion of the Nosework instructor, there may be exceptions. If you have any questions contact Judy Lantinen at 847-401-6890 or email k9-labs@comcast.net)

 

Intermediate Nosework Level 2

Dogs in this class are on the odors of Birch, Anise, Clove (scents used in AKC, UKC, and NACSW trials), Myrrh, Vetiver (scents used in UKC trials), and will be introduced to the odor of Cypress (used in AKC trials). This class continues to build on skills learned in previous intermediate classes as we continue exercises and search challenges to build the dog’s confidence and ability to search in varying environments. Nosework is a team effort. The dog’s commitment to odor obedience develops further as handlers continue development of a keen sense of reading their dog, thus better understanding their dog’s search behavior. This class may be repeated several times.

Please Bring: Lots of treats (or toys, if your dog does not like food), crate, and a buckle collar.

Class Requirements:

Dog should have experience on these odors: Birch, Anise, Clove, Myrrh and Vetiver. Dog must have completed a previous Intermediate Nosework class, and have approval of the Nosework instructor. (NOTE: at the discretion of the Nosework instructor, there may be exceptions. If you have any questions, contact Judy Lantinen at 847-401-6890 or email k9-labs@comcast.net)

 

Please note: we must insist that all dogs be crated or in your car when they are not searching. There are 2 reasons for this:

  1. Safety is first and foremost. Dogs are not allowed to interact or go nose-to-nose before, during or after class in order to keep them focused on the sport. All dogs are crated when it’s not their turn to work the search area and only one dog works at a time.
  2. It’s important that you understand that you’ll learn so much by observing other dogs work and you really can’t do that if you’re dealing with your own dog

Class Fees:

Non-Member $95.00

Repeat Non-Member $80.00

Member $30.00