Nose Work

Nose

Are you looking for fun activities that can be done indoors or outside? Try nose work! Dogs use their noses all the time to process their environment. They are aware of and processing more smells all the time than we could ever do. Watching a dog use its nose is lots of fun, improves your observation skills and helps you better understand your dog. Although our nose work classes prepare dogs for competitions, you can enjoy and participate even if you never want to enter a trial. Companion dogs of all ages will love learning to use their noses. These classes are appropriate for puppies, too.

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Current Classes

Nosework Trial Prep for NACSW NW1

The goal of this course is to help dog/handler teams work on skills needed to trial at NW1 level. Appropriate for teams hoping to get into NW1 trial in Ft. Pierce, May 13 or folks who just want to play the Nosework game. Teams should be searching for birch.
Skills: Pooling odor, Threshold hides, Heights up to 4 feet, Containers, vehicles, exteriors.

Starts: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 5:30 PM — FULL
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016) + includes online processing fee.)

What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

Introduction to Advanced Nosework

The goal of this course is to work on skills needed as the dog/handler team transitions from searching for a single accessible hide to more complex searches. Will reinforce initial competition skills and introduce SOME skills needed in NACSW level II trials, PSD elements, and UKC, Novice through Superior levels.
Skills: Multiple Hides, Inaccessible hides, Proofing, distractions.

Pre-requisites: Dog must be searching for at least one of the target odors, Birch, Anise or Clove. Handler responsible for introducing dog to additional odors by second week of class. All three odors will be used in class.

What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

Start Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 6:45 PM
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016) plus $4 online processing fee.)

Advanced Nosework II

This course is appropriate for dog / handler teams who are competing at the NACSW NW2 level and / or are preparing for NW3 and equivalents in other titling organizations such as UKC and PSD. Topics will include search strategies and teamwork elements for dealing with hide locations (e.g., inaccessible hides, converging odors, environmental influences) and for dealing with unique challenges such as 1 Room, 2 Room, 3 Room, Blank Room.

What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

Start Date: April 11, 2017 @ 8:00 PM — FULL
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016) plus $4 online processing fee.)

Upcoming Classes

(Starting late May, June, early July)

Class: NW 105 Proofing and Distractions

This class is for dogs who are on odor and are confident searching indoors. Goal is to help dog better understand that “only odor pays” and choose to ignore distractions. Handler will observe differences in dog’s behavior when at source and at a distraction.

Starts: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @5:30 PM
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016) + includes online processing fee.


What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

Class: NW 201 Multiple Hides

Starts: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @6:45 PM
This is a class for dogs who are on at least two of the three target odors (birch, anise and clove) used in AKC, NACSW, UKC and PSD trials. Dogs will learn to find one hide and then move on to find another in the same search. Hide placement will be accessible and avoid close convergence. Pooling and lingering odor puzzles will be included. Hide heights up to 4 feet.

Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016) + includes online processing fee.


What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

Class: NW 101 Introduction to Odor

If you want to learn more about your dog using its nose or think you may want to participate with your dog in Nose Work trials, this course will teach you how to train your dog in foundation nose work skills. The training approach will be based on shaping. No prior experience in nose work is needed. This class aims to develop foundation skills that with further practice will prepare for participating in nose work or scent work trials of the American Kennel Club (AKC), the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the United Kennel Club (UKC) or Performance Scent Dogs (PSD).

Starts: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @5:30 PM
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016) + includes online processing fee.


What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes. OTCPBC will provide odor for use in initial training for teams enrolled in Introduction to Odor.

NW 102 Searching Objects

Start Date: Saturday, 6/24/2017 @ 9:00 AM
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016) plus $4 online processing fee.)
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Odor or equivalent. Dog must be on one of the following odors: birch, anise or clove.
This is a foundation skills course where teams will practice precision at source, navigating lingering odor, developing confidence around “strange” objects. Searches will be for a single hide. Initially hides will be birch. As teams progress hides will include birch paired with anise or with clove. Searches will be indoors.

What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

NW 201 Finding Multiple Hides

Start Date: Saturday, 6/24/2017 @ 10:15 AM
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016) plus $4 online processing fee.)
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Odor or equivalent. Dog must be on two or more of the following odors: birch, anise or clove and work confidently searching indoors. This is an intermediate skills course where teams will be introduced to searches with multiple hides. Hide placement will include minimal convergence. Teams will work through distractions, proof stick to source behavior and practice precision at source. Birch, anise and clove will be used.

What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

NW 207 Time and Space

Start Date: Saturday, 6/24/2017 @ 11:30 AM
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016) plus $4 online processing fee.)
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Odor or equivalent. Dog must be on two or more of the following odors: birch, anise or clove and are generally confident searching in novel environments. This is an advanced intermediate class. Topics include: “Clock in your head”, Speed, Distance, tight spaces and precision at source.

What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

NW 202 Converging Odor

Start Date: Tuesday, 7/11/2017 @ 6:45 PM
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016) plus $4 online processing fee.)
Pre-requisite: Dog must be on two or more of the following odors: birch, anise or clove and confident searching for multiple hides in a single search, able to distinguish source from lingering odor. This is an advanced intermediate class. As skills progress, hides will be placed closer to each other and heights will vary.

What to Bring:
Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes.

Sniff ‘n Go

We are busy planning our next few Sniff ‘n Go events. We will post details here when finalized.

Hold the dates: June 18, July 23, August 20, September 10, October 15, and November 26, 2017. Not all of these days are Sundays — we have added dates on Thursday and Friday, so check your calendars.

Instructor Bios:

Assistant training director Judy McPartland is a member of OTCPBC, the Iowa City Dog Obedience Club (AKC), 4RK9s (UKC) and the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association. She owns three English Springer Spaniels with whom she competes in NACSW, UKC and PSD nose work.

Lauren Walsh is a member of OTCPBC. She is active in UKC Nosework and Performance Scent Dog trials with her two Cocker Spaniels and is currently preparing to compete with them in NACSW trials.

Lisa Brooks is an experienced NACSW nosework enthusiast, the proud handler of terrier mix UCD Janie SuchADog NW3 Elite. Lisa is currently training with Jack NW1, the first known Sephardic Meerkat Terrier to earn a nosework title. She recently moved to FL from NJ, where she was privileged to train with experienced NACSW Judges and Certifying Officials who are experienced professional detection dog handlers.