Is your dog bored? Does he need a job to burn off all that energy? Or is he maybe shy, sensitive to sudden noises or movements? Do you have an older dog that is slowing down but still likes to play games and spend time with you? Or do you have a dog that doesn’t do well with other dogs and it’s tough for you to find ways to exercise him?
If any of these sound familiar, you might want to try K9 Nose Work®. It’s like detection dog training, but its for pet dogs and their owners. Dogs search for food and eventually for unique odors (ex. birch or clove) instead of scary, life or death things like bombs or drugs. All dogs have an amazing ability to use their noses to hunt. Unfortunately, they often don’t get to use their natural ability (Rover, leave it! Don’t touch that stinky stuff! Fluffy, no! Don’t grab that food off the floor!) Nose work lets a dog be a dog.
Two new Introduction to Nose Work (1) classes are scheduled starting in April. They will be offered at 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, April 9. Classes run for six weeks and the cost is $120 for the six-week session. Dogs must be six months old and their handlers (that’s you!) at least sixteen years old. Class size is limited to four dog/handler teams to ensure you get lots of time to practice searching. Classes are held at the Encore Enrichment Center for Shelter Dogs, 301 EA Darden Drive, Anniston AL 36201.