Nosework Training

Nosework:

Whether you want a fun activity that exercises your dog’s brain and you can do together at home, or you are considering competing in a dog sport, nosework training at Circle Tail is for you!

NACSW Nose Work and AKC Scent Work are fast growing, positive and challenging sports that allow your dog to develop and use his strongest natural sense. This sport was modeled after the professional working detection dog as well as search and rescue dog tasks.

The handler-dog team works together to locate a hidden target odor that builds and strengthens a foundation of trust between dog and handler. This activity is easy to learn and can be done by virtually any dog and person. It can help build confidence and focus in your dog and provide much needed mental and physical exercise, especially for high-energy dogs.

Here is the training enrollment form.

Nosework I

Whether you are looking to do Nosework for fun or sport, all handlers and dogs start at Nosework I.

The initial Nosework Training sessions are completed in a lab environment where the dog is trained to alert to the Birch odor. The handler also will be trained to mark and reward the dog for the correct behavior. You will receive a home Nosework training kit for Birch once your dog passes the scent lab training.

Requirements:Dog must be 8 months old to participate

What to bring:
  • Dog Harness
  • High Value Food Reward
Nosework I sessions are once a week for 6 weeks, for approximately 1 hour. Sessions are either Saturday afternoon or Monday evenings depending on space.

Nosework II

The second level of nosework training moves from the lab into the interior environment of the training center as well as containers. The dog and handler will search for the Birch odor on furniture, walls and various objects. A second odor, Anise, will be taught. Searches will be inside the training center and depending on the dogs ability may also involve searching for the scents within cardboard boxes. Two hides in one search will be introduced. You will receive a home Nosework training kit for Anise once your dog passes the scent lab training.

Requirement: Completion of Nosework I

Nosework II sessions are once a week for 6 weeks, approximately 1 hour.

Nosework III

The third level of Nosework training will introduce the dog and handler to exteriors, other interior spaces and introduce a 3rd scent, Clove. Exteriors will include exterior building environments and obstacles. Multiple hides with two to three odors are possible depending on the dog’s drive. You will receive a home Nosework training kit for Clove once your dog passes the scent lab training.

Requirements: Completion of Nosework I and II

Nosework 3 sessions are once a week for 6 weeks, approximately 1 hour.

Proceeds from these classes will help Circle Tail partner Diabetic Alert Dogs at no charge to the recipient.

Learn more about the sport:

K9 Nose Work - National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) at www.nacsw.net and
AKC Scent Work - www.akc.org/events/scent-work