NOSE WORK CLASSES

Introduction to Nose Work

Introduce you and your dog to the exciting new sport of K9 Nose Work.  In this class, your dog will learn “the game:” searching for hidden treats using his nose alone. The focus is on simple box drills that will allow your dog to develop his or her natural scenting abilities, identify when “the game is on” and build interest, enthusiasm and the confidence to work independently.

Prerequisite: None

Skills Introduced: Find the hidden treats in a simple box drill.  Work independently of the handler

Nose Work Foundation

Further develop your dogs’ natural scenting abilities, build drive and nurture the hunt instinct with fun exercises and food or toy rewards.  Hides will increase in difficulty and complexity, with changes in elevation, room, and objects to be searched.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Nose Work

Skills Introduced: Search corners, perimeters and different elevations, search a variety of interior spaces, increased drive, confidence, independence and scenting ability 

Introduction to Odor

Advance the dog's scent discrimination skills with the introduction of a particular odor:  a natural essential oil, Birch.  Techniques and tactics for better dog/handler teamwork are introduced.

Prerequisite: Nose Work Foundation

Skills Introduced: Complex searches where Odor is paired with food, increased scenting ability. Leash handling skills.

Odor Foundation

The dog advances to Odor Only discrimination; the dog learns to search for the source of the birch scent in the absence of a food scent.  Additionally, the class expands both the dog and handler’s understanding and observation of odor and ability to solve a complex search problem.  Advanced leash handling skills will also be taught.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Odor

Skills Introduced:   Preparation for Odor Recognition Test

Prepare for Trialing (NW1 Level)

Prepares the team for entering a competition nose work level 1 trial.  Classes will train outside for exterior and vehicle element search (when appropriate). Weather permitting, classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable.  Non-competitors are welcome!

Prerequisite: Completed through or proficient in skills satisfying Odor Foundation

Prepare for Trialing (NW2/NW3 Level)

Prepare teams for entering a competition nose work level 2 and level 3 trials expanding odor recognition with the introduction of Anise and Close along with advanced nose work level element training.  Classes will train outside for exterior and vehicle element search (when appropriate). Weather permitting, classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable.  Non-competitors are welcome! 

Prerequisite: NW1 title or proficient in NW1 skills (determined by instructor - non-competitors)

Nose Work Master Handling (NW3/Elite)

Prepare teams for skills needed for achieving NW3 level and Elite level titling.  Building stamina in large search areas and complex environments including combined element searches, time pressure and more.  Handling techniques for on and off leash work as well as search strategies further refined.  Weather permitting, classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable.  Non-competitors are welcome! 

Prerequisite: Must have NW3 or Elite title or instructor’s permission.  Must be proficient in NW3 level skills.

Basic Buried Hides

In this class we will begin to explore the unique aspects of odor traveling thru varied soil types and our canine partner's ability to remain odor obedient in this new element. Soils used will be free of any chemicals or pesticides. Classes may be held indoors or outdoors as weather permits. ORT certification on at least Birch required. 

Basic Buried Hides 2

Continue to explore the competition elements of Novice buried hides.

Prerequisite: Basic Buried Hides.

You Got Game!

One of the newer nose work venues, United States Canine Scent Sports (USCSS), is taking off like wildfire in the Northeast. One of the features of the USCSS’s user-friendly trials is the ability to compete in different games that are fun for the dog and handler: Team Spirit, Go the Distance, Heap O’ Hides, LudicrouSpeed and Scenting Sweepstakes. In this class, specifically for teams getting ready to trial at the Novice level or equivalent, you’ll hone your skills while getting a head start on learning the strategy and rules for USCSS events. Come out and play with your dog!

Nose Work Skill Building

 Skill-building exercises will reinforce odor recognition and teamwork. Classes will train outside for exterior and vehicle element searches when appropriate.  Weather permitting, classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable.  Non-competitors are welcome! 

Prerequisite: Completed through or proficient in skill level as required by class description. 

Sniffing Seniors

For older nose work dogs who have been there and done that, come to class and let them have a chance  to practice and show off their skills.  The searches are set for less physical impact. 

Prerequisite:  NW1

Leash Handling Skills

Team handling techniques for on and off leash work as well as search strategies and tactics. Develop and improve handler leash-handling and observational skills. Build team confidence working search areas both on and off leash. 

When should I use a leash?  How long of a leash? How does my dog search on and off leash?  What is my role as a handler during an on or off leash search? 

Teams will learn to navigate more intricate and challenging scenarios both on and off leash, short and long lines. 

Weather permitting, classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable. 

Prerequisite: Completed through or proficient skills satisfying "Odor Foundation" or proficient in skills (determined by instructor)

Conquering Containers

Lose your fear of the dreaded container search.  Designed to give you the training tools and experience to help your canine partner locate and indicate the hide, no matter where on/in the container it may be hidden.  Weather permitting, classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be on odor.

Don't Crowd Me In!

Learn through observation to assess the perfect spatial relationship between canine and handler during a search. Are you standing too far away to reward quickly? Do you push your dog past a hide by your very presence? How does your canine partner tell you that you are invading their personal space? How much leash do you need to be an efficient handler? All these questions and more will be addressed in this class.  Weather permitting, classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable.

Prerequisite: Completion of Odor Foundation

Tight Spaces

Dogs search for birch, anise, and clove. 

Small search areas present unique challenges to a K9 Nose Work team. This class will present opportunities to refine skills needed to search in cluttered, small, and/or tight spaces. Learn how to move in a small area to best support your dog. Teams will learn how to effectively and efficiently maneuver in narrow passages (for example, between two cars) without overlooking anything. Handlers will be coached on how to best move their dog on in a small cluttered area after one hide is found. Unobtrusive leash handling will be practiced.

Weather permitting, classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable.

Prerequisite: Dogs proficient in birch, anise and clove.                      

Challenge and Endurance

Dogs search for birch, anise, and clove. 

Teams will explore challenges that arise in upper level Nose Work searches such as corners, heights, converging odors, keeping track of areas and objects in a complicated environment, and knowing when to call finish in a search with an unknown number of hides. Search areas will challenge handler's and dog's expectations. Dogs' endurance and ability to sustain frustration for longer periods of time will be addressed. 

Weather permitting classes may meet at locations around the White Plains area. Students will be given notice ahead of time regarding where and when to meet. Classes may train outside in all weather, be prepared to make your dog safe and comfortable.

Prerequisite: Dogs proficient in birch, anise and clove.