We focus on building a bond between dog & handler through the sport of K9 Nose Work®
(Scent detection for the pet dog)
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Odor Hunt this last Sunday, May 19, 2019. Chris and I had great time setting up hides and watching all of the great dogs search. An extra specail thank you to our volunteers!!! We could not have done it without your help.
We are hoping to have another one again soon. Stay tuned.
K9 Nose Work® is a fun scent detection sport for pet dogs. Simply put, it allows your dog to do what they do best, use their nose. Our classes are designed to teach the handler and dogs to do the same type of work as a professional scent dogs (drugs, bombs, arson, etc.) using three different odors - birch, anise and clove - in four different search environments (elements) – interiors, exteriors, vehicles and containers. All dogs have great noses and are capable of the work. The difference for us is that there are no lives on the line and everyone has fun!
This is a great activity for you and your dog and you can even go on to compete at trials, if that interests you. The training is all positive so the dog has good associations with searching while in different environments. We focus on building the dog’s hunt drive so that they will search happily and independently. These methods are great confidence builders for the dog and fun for all involved. Dogs search one at a time so those with dog social issues can still participate in classes.
It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.
Having worked with the founders of NACSW® and many other experienced professional K9 handlers, Chris and Laura have a great appreciation for the science behind training methods, keeping them up to date on coaching techniques. While keeping in mind the importance of having fun with your dog and building a closer bond with them.
Chris has been very active with K9 Nose Work® and NACSW® since 2008. Chris has watched this new sport grow since the very first sanctioned trial and is proud to be involved with this growing sport.
His passion for this sport compelled him to learn more about canine behavior. He spent several years volunteering his time with the behavior and education department at his local shelter learning more about canine behavior.
He has been honored to be an instructor at both Georgia Nose Work® Camp and at Pennsylvania Nose Work® Camps. Camp is designed to enhance the understanding of K9 Nose Work® and to develop the skills necessary to compete in the sport.
Chris and his K9 partner, Barley, qualified to compete in the first two NACSW® Nationals competitions. At Nationals teams compete against one another, over several days, in a format based on professional detection trials.
He is also a Certifying Official and travels across the country officiating NACSW® sanctioned trials.
Laura has been very active with K9 Nose Work® and NACSW® since 2008 and has been a part of this sport as it has grown nationwide.
She started Nose Work® by co-handling Barley in a class with one of the founders of NACSW®. Since that time, she and her husband have added Heidi to the household and has taken classes exclusively with all three founders.
Her passion for this sport compelled her to learn more about canine behavior. She spent several years volunteering her time with the behavior and education department at her local shelter to learn more about canine communication.
She has also been honored to be an instructor at Georgia Nose Work® Camp and Pennsylvania Nose Work® Camps. Camp is designed to enhance the understanding of K9 Nose Work® and to develop the skills necessary to compete in the sport.
She has helped to coordinate K9 Nose Work® trials in Southern California, acting as Trial Host, Trial Representative and/or Volunteer Coordinator. She is also a Certifying Official and travels across the country officiating NACSW® sanctioned trials.
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