Nose Work offers a chance for
regular dogs and dog owners to
get into scent work in a low-key,
fun, positive-only manner—the
way Rally-O is a relaxed version
of obedience competition.
Basically, if your dog has a nose,
he can play this sport.
involves training your dog to
search for three scents: Birch,
anise, and clove. But before you get that far, you begin with easy, motivating-
level searches for a favorite toy or treat. As your dog becomes proficient, the search challenges are increased.
Aside from advancing levels of
classes and actual competitions, this is a sport you can easily play in your
yard, or anywhere.
Defying its newness, this sport is spreading fast, with classes, workshops, and
practice groups mushrooming around the country. The sport is the brainchild of three
Southern California dog trainers all experienced in detection work, including search and rescue.
Who can benefit?
work is excellent mental stimulation for dogs and fun for you, too, because
it’s designed to be easy to get started on. Unlike agility or flyball, it isn’t
physically strenuous. Nose Work is a great activity for shy or reactive dogs because
each dog works on his own with his handler, even in a group class. And it's perfect for all ages of dogs and even for dogs with physical disabilities such as blindness.
Get more information about Nose Work classes at Lucky Dog, including class dates, and the differences between Nose Work Games, Nose Work: Into to Odor and Advanced Nose Work. Click here now and get in on the fun!
For more information about the sport, click here.
info, visit the National Canine Scent Work Association.