Teaching nose work from the working dog perspective for the pet dog!
What is K9 Nose Work? Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The sport of K9 Nose Work is designed to develop your dog's natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It's a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.
The best thing about this sport is anyone can participate physical requirements are minimal for the handler as well as any dog (deaf and/or blind dogs are welcome) K9 Nose Work is structured to be a safe and welcoming environment for ALL dogs and ALL dog owners. Every dog of any breed, shape, size, age and background can participate in K9 Nose Work. This sport is especially good for dogs with anxiety or fear issues, dogs lacking self-confidence or for dogs that are uncomfortable with new people and/or other dogs
The picture on the left was when Dude (my Russell Terrier) earned his NW1 Title in CO. The founders of this sport are Ron Gaunt, Amy Herot, and Jill-Marie O'brien. Feel free to visit the National Association of Canine Scent Work which describes the titles and rules for the sport. K9 Nose Works website is another place to learn more about the sport.
I'm a certified instructor (CNWI) with NACSW. I do have experience in scent work as I was a volunteer K9 Handler in Search and Rescue since 2001. I've attended more than 1,500 hours of training in search and rescue disciplines such as Trailing, Airscent, Cadaver, and HRD. Additional instructors assisting me in these classes will also have either Search and Rescue or Narcotics and Explosives Detection experience.
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