Joanie with Austin the Bichon Frise: "My dog Austin had never done anything like nose work before, and he loves it! He is much more calm, settled, and happy since he began his training. He literally runs to class each week!"
There are many benefits to K9 nose work. This activity allows dogs to use their natural abilities to find a particular item/ odor. As your dog grows more confident and is exposed to different search scenarios, it will likely help to reduce their environmental sensitivity. It is an exciting way for the dogs to use their natural talents and work independently.
Target Odors: Our target odors - birch, anise and clove - are introduced in stages, and if teams are interested in competing, competition skills are taught.
Class Outline: Classes are held weekly and during that time dogs are encouraged to search for their food or toy hidden in a box. This step helps to build their hunt drive. Teams will be guided through various box puzzles to encourage the dog to search in a variety of environments.
After just a few weeks dogs are introduced to odor…. and odor can be hidden just about anywhere!