Congratulations to the Advanced Nose Work class, whose students and their fearless Fidos finished their last session this week. Jan with Cecil, Beth with Zelda, and Debbie with Tulip all learned a lot in this six week class, including searching for suspended hides and how to identify a blank room (with no odor). These teams are searching for all three odors used in the National Association of Canine Scent Work® – birch, anise and clove.
If you’d like to try nose work training with your dog, an Introduction to Nose Work 1 class is scheduled starting Wednesday, November 11. These are one hour classes from 6 – 7 p.m., except for one Saturday morning class at 9 a.m. so we can search outside. Dates are: Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 12 and 16. Cost is $140 for the six sessions.
Nose work is like detection dog training, except we use food or toys, and eventually novel odors, instead of drugs or bombs! It gives dogs a job and helps burn energy. It also can be done by older or disabled dogs, and can give shy dogs a boost of confidence.
To register for the class or for more information, contact Julie Madden at 404-849-2247 or email. You can also read more about nose work dog training at the Services page of the Encore website. Julie is a certified nose work instructor and loves to help dogs and their owners learn a joyful new activity together.