Nose Work, informally called “nose work,” is an up-and-coming canine sport. Trainer Karen Kay.Similar to search and rescue work, this sport involves the dog seeking out and finding different scents hidden in various environments, both indoors and outsideK9 Nose Work, informally called “nose work,” is an up-and-coming canine sport. Similar to search and rescue work, this sport involves the dog seeking out and finding different scents hidden in various environments, both indoors and outside. You start by getting your dog excited about using his excellent sense of smell to search for a favorite toy or treat hidden in one of several boxes. As the dog gains more skill, specific target odors are introduced and the search can be expanded to entire rooms or outdoor locations. The sport was created in 2006 by three professional trainers who work with certified detection dogs. They developed K9 Nose Work because they thought everyday companion dogs could also benefit from the joys of scent work.
Benefits for the dog include physical activity, mental stimulation and confidence building. For both the dog and the handler, nose work is a great way to bring their relationship to the next level. In fact, nose work is being used more and more to provide enrichment for dogs in shelters. Engaging in nose work helps keep dogs mentally healthy while they’re waiting for forever homes, and it can even be a marketing tool that helps them get adopted.
The beauty of nose work is that virtually any pooch can do it, including dogs who can’t take part in more vigorous exercise because of age or physical limitations. Nose work training can increase the confidence of shy or fearful dogs, and it’s even suitable for dogs who have too much energy, because it helps them learn how to focus.
Nose Work Class: 6 weeks/ $210
Beginner class 5 pm
Intermediate class 6 pm
Advanced class 7 pm
By Karen Kay