What is K9 Nose Work?
K9 Nose Work is a sport based on the dog’s innate ability to use his
natural sense of smell. In the beginning, your dog is searching for toys and/or treats. Eventually he will be searching for various scents: birch, anise and clove. This sport was started in 2006 by three detection dog trainers and is based on that type of training. By 2009 they were already adding tests and trials, and the sport has now spread across the country. Not only do our dogs love this activity, their handlers do as well!
The beauty of this sport is that all dogs, large or small, purebred or mixed breed, young or old, can participate. No obedience training is necessary. Our dogs are already experts at sniffing so we, the humans, will be learning from them!
The classes are structured where only one dog is searching at a time, enabling fearful or reactive dogs to feel safe and comfortable. This activity burns up both physical and mental energy, something the guardians of a smart, active dog will appreciate. K9NW can be done almost anywhere and requires very little equipment.
In this sport, you can just have fun bonding with your dog doing searches, or you can practice to compete in Nose Work trials that take place across the country. Either way, you will be amazed at the difference in the bond between you and your dog that you will experience through K9 Nose Work.
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