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Want to know just how remarkable your dog's nose is? Go Sniff

K9 Nose Work® is a fun search and scenting activity that can begin at any stage in your dog’s life and last a lifetime. Through K9 Nose Work®, dogs develop their natural scenting abilities by using their curiosity, desire to hunt and love of food and toys. As your dog grows more confident with his nose work, the game expands to entire rooms, exteriors and vehicles and special target odors are used. Reactive dogs find focus, fearful dogs build confidence, high-energy dogs burn energy, aging or disabled dogs flex their brain muscles, retired dogs learn a new ‘job’.

If you are interested in the excitement of competition, K9 Nose Work® is also an organized, titling sport which holds official trials across the nation.

Please note: K9 Nose Work® games are always played one dog at a time. All other dogs are kept crated or safely confined.
Advancement to the next level is at the discretion of the Instructor.


Level 1 - Intro to K9 Nose Work®

Who should come? Any dog, of any size, age, shape or color. Must have a nose!

What will we learn? This class is an introduction to the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work®. Dogs will have fun learning how to use their noses more efficiently and handlers will learn how to read their dog’s body language when working scent. Dogs and handlers with no prior training or dog-sport experience are welcome.

This class is appropriate for dogs of any age, breed, size, or physical ability and handlers with reasonable mobility of almost any age (minimum age 13). It can benefit dogs that lack confidence, dogs that are reactive around other dogs and/or people, convalescing dogs, dogs with anxieties that may prevent them from joining other group training classes, dogs with hearing or sight impairments, and retired conformation, competition, service, or working dogs in need of a "job"

Prerequisite: Dogs must be able to rest in a crate or car while waiting their turn.


Level 2 - Intro to K9 Nose Work®

Who should come? Dogs who have completed Level 1 - Intro to K9NW

What will we learn? This course is designed to intensify the dog’s desire to hunt and willingness to work independently, both on and off leash, and to improve your ability to read your dog’s body language as they learn to pinpoint the odor source. Dogs will be searching Containers, Interiors and Exteriors (weather and light permitting).


Level 3 - Intro to Odor – (First Target Odor)

Who should come? Dogs who have completed Level 1 and/or Level 2 - Intro to K9NW (Instructor’s discretion based on the individual’s skill level)

What will we learn? At this level, your dog is introduced to the first target odor, which is paired with food. Through the association of food and odor, a solid search foundation is built and the search-puzzles become increasingly more challenging. Dogs will be searching various Containers, Interiors and Exteriors (weather and light permitting).


Level 4 - Intro to Odor – (Trial Elements and Odor Recognition Test Prep.)

Who should come? Dogs who have completed Level 3 - Intro to Odor - First Target Odor.

What will we learn? Dogs will progress from searching for paired hides to searching for odor only. Dogs will be searching all elements: Containers, Interiors, Exteriors and Vehicles (weather and light permitting). Handlers will learn how odor moves in various environments and factors that affect odor movement. Searches will include blind hides.

At the completion of this level, those dog-handler teams who are interested in competing in trials may be ready to take their first Odor Recognition Test (ORT). Successful completion of the ORT is a prerequisite for trials.
Competition is not a requirement and you and your dog can go on to enjoy the activity of K9 Nose Work® in all four elements for as long as you like!!


Level 5 - Continuing Nose Work - (All Target Odors, All Elements)

Who should come? Dogs who have completed Level 3 and/or Level 4 Intro to Odor (Instructor’s discretion based on the individual’s skill level)

What will we learn? Dogs will be introduced to the second and third target odors as well as combination odors. This level will include known and blind hides in all four working elements: Interiors, Exteriors, Containers and Vehicles. Basic search strategies will be covered. Dog-handler teams who complete this level should have the skills necessary to successfully compete in a NW1 trial.


Level 6 - Advanced Nose Work - (Trial Preparation – NW1, NW2, NW3, NW3 Elite)

Who should come? Dogs who have completed Level 5 – Continuing Nose Work (Instructor’s discretion based on the individual’s skill level)

What will we learn? Advanced search strategies will be discussed and emphasis will be placed on further development of handler skills for on and off leash work. Field trips may be scheduled to expose the teams to a wider variety of search environments. This class will be geared toward trial preparation, however participation in trials is not a requirement. Even teams at this level can continue to enjoy the activity of K9 NW just for fun!



Dogs will be crated when not working so please have a crate available. (Soft crates are acceptable.)

How long does the sesson last?
Each session lasts 6 weeks.
Each class lasts approximately 60 minutes per week.
Class size is limited to 5 dogs.(Thursday Day Class 6 dogs)

What does it cost? $175.00

When do classes start?

Level 2 & 3 - Intro To Nosework
August 4th
Friday 6:00 pm
Level 4 - Intro to Odor
August 3rd
Thursday 3:30pm
Level 4 - Intro to Odor
August 3rd
Thursday 3:30 pm
Level 5 & 6- Continuing Nose Work
August 3rd
Thursday 4:30pm
Level 3 - Intro To Odor - (first Target Odor)
TBD
Friday 6:00pm
Level 4-6 - Advanced Nose Work
August 4th
Friday 7:00pm
Level 6 - Advanced Nose Work
August 4th
Friday 8:00pm

What else do I need to know?

  • Dogs must be able to rest in a crate or car while waiting their turn.
  • No previous training necessary
  • Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first paid/first served basis.
  • No class space is reserved until payment is received.
  • Payment may be made by cash, check, VISA, or MasterCard.
  • No refunds are given after class has begun.
  • STUDENTS WHO CANCEL LESS THAN ONE WEEK BEFORE CLASS BEGINS WILL BE GIVEN ONLY A PARTIAL REFUND UNLESS THEIR SPACE CAN BE FILLED.
  • Class schedules are subject to change without notice.

Instructor: Valerie Casperite, CNWI

For more information or to enroll in a class, call (856) 767-6464.