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K9 Nose Work

“Our detection dogs always look so satisfied and are relaxed after a search. It seemed like companion dogs should have the opportunity to enjoy the same benefits.”

-Amy Herot

In the sport of K9 

Nose Work  we allow our dogs to use their natural desire to hunt. It harnesses a dog's unique ability to detect scent and determine the source.

Nosework has a plethora of benefits for dogs, including:

  • Nosework helps your dog relax. The science gets technical fast, but sniffing is soothing for dogs. Blood flow to certain areas of the brain increases when your dog is sniffing really hard, and this can help calm your dog down.

  • Nosework teaches your dog how to problem solve. Many dogs never get much of a chance to “figure it out.” Nosework allows your dog to use his nose to solve problems to find food. This is how most canids spend hours every day!

  • Nosework helps your dog gain confidence and independence. Learning a new thing is incredibly powerful for boosting confidence. I’ve watched nosework teach many frightened Chihuahuas and Shiba Inus that new spaces are exciting to explore rather than terrifying

  • Nosework is exhausting. Got a naughty dog? Rather than constantly amping him up with more and more exercise (like fetch), try nosework. Problem-solving is exhausting (remember how you felt after the SAT, ACT, or a big day at work?). Pair that with the soothing effects of sniffing, and nosework is one of the most powerful tools out there for soothing a hyperactive dog.

  • All dogs can do nosework. Even if your dog is blind, deaf, three-legged, or all three, she can do nosework. This is great for dogs with hip issues, older dogs, or shy dogs. Aggressive dogs can also get great exercise without putting others at risk!

Program Details

 

Our foundation agility program is perfect for getting started in agility, whether you want to do it for fun or if your dream is to compete along side your dog. The sport of dog agility is one of the most fun and rewarding activities that a dog and handler can share together! Especially when the team has the proper foundation training that will make training obstacles and handling so much easier and more successful. 

 

The program is made up of eight different classes, which cover everything you’ll need to get started in this sport. You’ll be able to retake any classes you need extra time with. Once you and your dog are proficient on the skills trained in these classes, you’ll be ready to join one of our ongoing drop-in Advanced Agility classes. We’d love to have you and your dog join us for some agility fun!

Nosework has a plethora of benefits for dogs, including:

  • Nosework helps your dog relax. The science gets technical fast, but sniffing is soothing for dogs. Blood flow to certain areas of the brain increases when your dog is sniffing really hard, and this can help calm your dog down.

  • Nosework teaches your dog how to problem solve. Many dogs never get much of a chance to “figure it out.” Nosework allows your dog to use his nose to solve problems to find food. This is how most canids spend hours every day!

  • Nosework helps your dog gain confidence and independence. Learning a new thing is incredibly powerful for boosting confidence. I’ve watched nosework teach many frightened Chihuahuas and Shiba Inus that new spaces are exciting to explore rather than terrifying

  • Nosework is exhausting. Got a naughty dog? Rather than constantly amping him up with more and more exercise (like fetch), try nosework. Problem-solving is exhausting (remember how you felt after the SAT, ACT, or a big day at work?). Pair that with the soothing effects of sniffing, and nosework is one of the most powerful tools out there for soothing a hyperactive dog.

  • All dogs can do nosework. Even if your dog is blind, deaf, three-legged, or all three, she can do nosework. This is great for dogs with hip issues, older dogs, or shy dogs. Aggressive dogs can also get great exercise without putting others at risk!

Why is K9 Nose Work so great for my dog?

✔ Nose work helps your dog relax. 

✔ Teaches your dog how to problem solve.

✔ To develop confidence and trust.

✔ To build strong foundation skill that can be relied on in the future.

✔ Helps dog slow down and become tired without the extra physical exercise.

✔ All dogs and handlers can do K9 Nose Work!

✔ Minimal equipment and space required.

 

In these Nose Work classes you will learn to:

✔ Use positive reinforcement training with your dog. 

✔ Become more observant of your dogs body language.

✔ Learn how to adjust your training when successful and when you fail.

✔ How to use your body language to assist your dog when needed.

✔ Build a lifelong bond with your dog.

 

In these Nose Work classes your dog will learn to:

✔ Become confident and independant.

✔ Learn the basics of the game.

✔ Become more connected to their natural instincts to search.

✔ Become confident in their skill and understanding.

✔ Learn impulse control and self aware.

To be successful in our Nose Work program, dogs will learn to demonstrate the following skills while in class:

✔ To remain calm and focused in class and their crate while they wait.

✔ Confidently work a new environment for food or what is called primary.

✔ Build value for the game and the hunt itself.

✔ Begin to solve odor problems.

Who is Your Instructor? 

Here at Noco Unleashed we have 2 Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work.

Megan Wallace

Victoria Kander 

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WHAT CLASSES ARE IN THIS PROGRAM?

Check out the nose work classes available in our NACSW nose work program by clicking the next arrows.