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Nose Fun

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Next classes will start July 25th, 2018 at 7:00 pm for Level 1.


As everyone is aware of, dogs have an incredibly sensitive nose.  Even dogs that are not traditional "scent dogs",  which have very strong sniffers,  have a far more amazing nose than any mere human.  Every dog also has the natural instinct to use its nose.  My poodle gets in all sorts of trouble with her nose!  All dogs enjoy sniffing out different odors when they go for a walk or run in a field.

There is a relatively new dog sport called K9 Nose Work, fun nose work, scent work or search work.  It was inspired by the professional search and rescue training but is used for recreational purposes only.  Nose work enables your dog to use his or her natural hunting drive and sensitive nose in a constructive, rewarding way.  It starts with looking for a treat or toy that is hidden in a box and we work up to entire rooms, exterior areas and vehicles. 

The advantage of taking a class that works with the nose is that virtually any dog can do it even if they are unable to do other dog activities due to age, physical limitations, lack of obedience, fear or reactivity issues.  It gives a good mental workout to the older dog that cannot do a lot physically. It can give a fearful dog confidence to explore the world.  Dog reactive dogs get to be in a class situation and be positively rewarded in the vicinity of other dogs.  Dogs do not interact and only one dog goes at a time.

In class, the first step will be to build the dog's desire to hunt.  We positively reinforce their behavior as we learn to read the dog's behavior and their communication signals.  Next  we add different settings and change where the treat will be.  As the dog's confidence grows, we start using an essential oil as the target to search for.  Once they are searching well with that scent, we have two more for them to learn.  As the training advances, the search scenarios will increase in difficulty.

This is an 6 week course.  Your dog will need to be current on the Distemper combo, Rabies, Canine Influenza and have had a Bordetella within the last 6 months.  We recommend but do not require Canine Influenza.   Please preregister your dog by going to the forms page and sending the training forms and a check for $120.00 or you can call us at 540-439-7927 with any questions..  Bring your dog and start to have fun!  

Liberty Hill Pet Resort

10401 Green Rd

Bealeton, VA  22712

540-439-PAWS (7297)