This sport is known as K9 Nose Work®. The only official sanctioning and organizing body is the National Association of Canine Scent Work ™ (NACSW)
These next 3 points are going to be important to understand if you want to keep reading.
This is not dog training, the dogs train us.
This is a sport you can share with your dog.
The focus is on ALLOWING YOUR DOG TO HAVE FUN.
As your dog’s handler/owner, you are helping your dog to make a game out of ‘finding the hide.’ Using his sniffer to find the treat. Engaging his overactive olfactory system to ‘play.’
But I get ahead of myself.
This sport fits with all kinds of pets. For example, one dog owner, let’s call her ‘Mindi’ came to me and said her Beagle was getting older and couldn’t run very well in the park anymore. It broke her heart to see ‘Max’ get so cranky and grumpy. He just wasn’t himself.
K9 Nose Work® has allowed her beloved ‘Max’ to get the mental stimulation he craves. Plus, the K9 Nose Work® helps to tire him out so he can get the sleep he needs. Her ‘Max’ may be getting older, but he still has that spark for living. She got her old Max back.
It is more about facilitating the development of the dogs’ hunting part of his brain. This is a natural instinct for your dog. Being rewarded with food, treats, and toys make it even more fulfilling.
Dogs have a natural instinct to use their noses. What K9 Nose Work® does is aid in the expansion of their true excitement to hunt. The reward is the food or treats they find. The fun is in the opportunity.
The rapid growth stems from the wisdom of our Co-Founders; Ron Gaunt, Amy Herot, CPDT-KA, and Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA. When they organized the sport, they made sure to make it appropriate for all types of dogs.
It is now my passion too. I have seen it happen again and again for the dogs and the owners who love them.
It is already your dog’s passion. They just haven’t told you yet. Or maybe they did and you weren’t listening. Call me to talk about it. I’ll translate for you. I’m Roger Lautt.
The fastest-growing dog sport (referred to as Nose Work) is spreading across the country.
They will absolutely love this activity and sport. Read more fun facts about the growth of the NACSW and the sport of K9 Nose Work®.
Official web sites of the National Association of Canine Scent Work: www.NACSW.net
In 2011 we had 43 trial days in 7 states
We now have 167 CNWI’s and ANWI’s listed on our website listing living in 27 US states and 1 Canadian province. The NACSW™ (National Association of Canine Scent Work)
We currently stand at 2000 current members living in 42 states and 3 Canadian provinces.
Compared to 1175 members in the 2010-2011 membership year.
We have over 2700 registered dogs.
The inaugural K9 Nose Work® trial was held in 2009.
The first trial outside of Southern California was in Oct 2010
In 2010 we had 6 trial days in one state
Find a CNWI and experience some fun time with your dog(s). http://nacsw.net/instructors
The Nose Work sport has become so monumental that there are now other organizations that offer opportunities to compete in this sport. Best known are AKC (Americal Kennel Club), UKC (United Kennel Club) C-WAGS (Canine Work And Games) are just a few. I have been approved to be a Judge in all these organization’s Trials.