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Intro to Nose Work 1See Nose Work Calendar

There is a new rapidly growing sport called Nose Work or Scent Work. This 4-week class will follow NACSW’s training philosophy. The objective is to introduce dogs and their owners to this new fun sport. The focus on all of our Nose Work classes will be for the dog and owner/handler to have fun.  Intro, as well as the following classes, are well suited for all dogs with the exception of human aggressive dogs.  The sport will strengthen the bond between dog and owner and build the dog’s confidence, especially the fearful dogs.  This class teaches the foundation skills necessary to progress with this sport, for mere enjoyment or for competition.  Intro to Nose Work will enable your dog to discover and enhance his/her natural hunt drive while having fun. This class may be repeated before advancing to Nose Work 2  Odor & Elements. All classes can be repeated as many times as desired by the student.

Nose Work 2 – Odor & Elements See Nose Work Calendar
This class builds upon the foundation skills learned in Level 1 and focuses on skill building while searching for a particular odor. The four target odors are all essential oils: birch, anise, clove for NACSW and additionally cypress for AKC trials. We teach dogs to search for the birch odor first; and to develop “odor obedience” while the handlers will learn some techniques for supporting their dogs in the search. While the dog learns to obey his/her nose the handler will develop a keen ability to read the dog. The difficulty will continue to increase at whatever rate is appropriate for the dog to keep them challenged and excited to be hunting. We prepare the teams to be successful in a NACSW – ORT, (National Association of Canine Scent Work – Odor Recognition Test). There are separate tests for each of the 3 NACSW odors. There will be an introduction to all the elements: Container, Interior, Exterior, Vehicles and Buried. These are the elements used in a Trial competition and they require problem-solving skills for the dogs and team communication The class prepares teams for the level 3 class and sets the foundation for trialing in different venues. Prerequisite: To have completed Level 1 or instructor approval. All classes can be repeated as many times as desired by the student.

Nose Work 3 – Trial Preparation See Nose Work Calendar
This class is for dogs who have passed an ORT or have completed the Level 2 class and have shown proficiency in finding the birch , the first trained target odor. We will introduce the remaining target odors (anise, clove & cypress) according to the team goals and skills. There will be a focus on fine-tuning the handler’s abilities while increasing the difficulty in all the elements of competition: containers, interiors, exteriors, vehicles and buried. We will begin to search larger areas with distractions and more difficult hide placements. For the students wanting to compete we will focus on getting ready to be successful in various venues. Other students may choose to not compete, but to continue to enjoy the Nose Work process with their best friend. Prerequisite: Have completed Nose Work 2 – Odor and Elements or Instructor approval. All classes can be repeated as many times as desired by the student.

Nose Work 4 – Advanced See Nose Work Calendar
This class is sometimes referred to as the “Master Class”. It is designed for experienced dog and handler teams. The search areas will become larger and with more distractions and distractors. The hides will become higher, more difficult, blind and timed. The challenges offered will be highly rewarding. There will be difficult search scenarios worked under the guidance of the instructor to ensure a positive learning experience. There will be field trips included to foster and develop sufficient skills by adding environmental challenges. We will have a continued focus on the various factors affecting how scent moves. This class will include preparations for successful trialing at higher levels. Prerequisite: Completion of Levels 1 through 3 or Instructor approval. All classes can be repeated as many times as desired by the student. 

Nose Work – Private Sessions See Nose Work Calendar
This class is designed for students that may want to work on a specific issue, behavior or element. Perfect for anyone at any level that may want to work without other dogs present. Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

Prorated Fees

If you know in advance (before you sign up) that you can not attend a certain session(s), we will prorate the fee.

Class Absences

If a student misses a session, no refund will be issued and credit towards the next session will not be given. If a session is missed, the student may make-up the session by attending another class within a month of missing a session that is at or below their current class level. The only exception will be injury/illness to the dog or handler that causes two (2) or more consecutive absences, provided that K9 Nose Sports was notified prior to the missed sessions.


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