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 (this class is not offered at this time)

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 slowly 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)

 

Introductory Nosework – LEVEL 2

This class is for dogs that have completed the Introductory Nosework Class. We’ll continue building the dog’s foundational skills, desire to hunt, and stamina for searching in a variety of different scenarios as handlers develop a better understanding of their dog’s behavior. This class may be repeated several times and may begin the introduction of target odor.

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 Cardunal Introductory Nosework 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 Level 2 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 will further include the introduction of target odor and 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 Cardunal Introductory Nosework-LEVEL 2 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 working on target odors for NACSW, AKC and UKC trials. This class emphasizes new learning experiences and supports the dog’s independent problem solving, rather than the expectation that the dog perform a series of tasks in a predetermined manner. Nosework is a team effort. While the dog further develops odor obedience, handlers further develop their ability to read their canine partner resulting in a better understanding of 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, Cypress, Myrrh, and Vetiver. Dog must have completed a previous Cardunal Intermediate Nosework-LEVEL 1 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