K9 Nose Work®
What is K9 Nose Work®?
K9 Nose Work® is suitable for virtually any dog regardless of any previous training or experience that you have with your dog! Scenting and searching is one of the best ways to have fun with your dog.
It is an activity that nearly all dogs can enjoy and will begin by getting them excited about searching and exploring for something they love - be it a treat or a toy hidden in boxes. Searches are held away from other dogs so that each dog can focus on the game without distractions.
Nose work can help to build a dogs confidence and help them to learn to work through environmental challenges and sensitivities. Nose work can help your dog to learn to settle and focus on a task providing mental stmulation and an outlet for energy. As your dog becomes more confident the game can expand to explore in new indoor areas,exteriors and even vehicles!
Jo is a certified nose work instructor for the NACSW
(National Association of Canine Scent work)
If you get hooked and want to part take in nose work as a competitive sport you can then move on to teaching your dog to find specific odours - such as Birch, Anise or Clove (These are ACSW and NACSW competition odours). For teams already 'on odour' private skill building sessions can be oraganised.
For information regarding trialling in Australia please click on this ACSW Link
K9 Nose Work® Shelter Dog Project:
Nose work is hugely beneficial to animals in high stress situations such as kennel and shelter environments.
The natural seeking and searching behaviour is proven to increase 'feel good' hormones (dopamine and seratonin) and will help counteract stress hormones (such as cortisol).
The activity is also fun for the dogs and builds confidence with those that are timid, and helps to settle those with large amounts of energy!
Jo currently volunteers weekly at the RSPCA (Vic) to coordinate this aspect of the enrichment program and help the dogs in the shelter.
If you assist in a kennel or shelter environment and would like to find out more please contact me for information on what you can do.
Have you already taught your dog to seek and search for odour?
Scent Seekers fun days and practice sessions are for teams that are already on ACSW competition odours. (Birch, Anise & Clove).
The days are designed for you to:
- Have fun with your dog!
- Provides the opportunity to get to know others enjoying the sport.
- Practice in new environments.
The NACSW methodology and values will be upheld on fun days, workshops and when training.
For further information about K9 Scent Seeker fun days please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.