Welcome to the World of Nose Work. Links and the information used in this topic were graciously provided by Deanna Alko, Mary Kline, Janet Dierson, Ira Dierdorf, and Polly Sarsfield.
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Have you heard about the sport of Nosework? It’s all the rage these days! If you’d like to get involved and try your hand at this fabulous new sport, then this topic is for you!
Are you interested in....
Learning more about how to train for K9Nosework or UKC nosework trials? Have fun with a completely different activity? Provide mental exercise for an old, retired, reactive or injured canine athlete? Increase your dog's working drive and focus? Build confidence and sureness in a soft, nervous, or less driven dog? Keep your dogs from going stir crazy this winter?
Develop your dog’s use of his hunt drive (nosework) to:
* Develop the skills necessary to compete successfully at on ORT (Odor Recognition Test); the first step towards earning titles through the National Scent Association of Canine Nosework (NASCW) or the new UKC nosework program. These include understanding the basic concepts in searching for odor, proper use of equipment, how to handle odor, how to make and place hides, and how to teach you dog the importance of odor obedience.
* bring joy and energy back to your relationship
* build confidence in a reactive or nervous dog
* increase focus and persistence, especially at a distance from the handler
* learn to better “read” your dog and use that information to be a more effective partner
* Keep your dog’s brain engaged and busy with an indoor sport during the winter season
Some insights from Nose work participants:
Cyrus was involved in the sport of Nose Works. This is a fairly new canine sport in the US and I'm lucky enough to have one of the founders in my home town. Cyrus was enrolled in classes for two years, it is a sport that is very easy on seniors as it just requires them to walk around and sniff things out. The teacher always commented on what a big smile he had on his face when he working and typically he was always the oldest dog in the class (we are talking by at least eight years) but he was usually quicker in sniffing things out because due to life experience he thought things through.
Nose works is something that you can could do at home, it is like a game and excites the dogs knowing they are again training and learning something new. Doing this for 20 minutes is good safe exercise and allows even elderly dogs to use their mind which can be just as exhausting as physical exercise.
from Janet Dierson
Most dogs can do it, and most dogs love it, but I can tell you this much, not all dogs noses are the same. And age has no effect on it. The greatest thing about nose work is you have to KNOW your dog completely before you even want to start. Its great intuitive partnership!
So, for all of you considering K-9 Nosework, just remember: this is a unique sport. Your dog knows better than you do. Your job is to stay out of your dog’s way and learn to read your dog. On occasion you may be able to assist your dog in some small way. But mostly, you are looking for that moment where your Leo says “I found it. You didn’t know where it was but I found it.” And this moment will change your relationship with your dog forever, for the better.
Trinity and Edwin Sarsfield practise hides inside with boxes and outside with a vehicle.