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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Class: Introduction to Odor

This course will teach you an activity that will be fun for both you and your dog. It can be done in small spaces, indoors or out. 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 trials of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), United Kennel Club (UKC) or Performance Scent Dogs (PSD).

Starts: To Be Determined
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016) + includes online processing fee.

Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Dogs must be crated when not working. No Flexi leashes. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness. OTCPBC will provide odor for use in initial training for teams enrolled in Introduction to Odor.

Class: NW 103 Corners and Thresholds

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Odor or equivalent. Dog must be on one of the following odors: birch, anise or clove.

In this three week class dog/handler teams will work on searching for hides in corners, at thresholds, varied heights from floor level up to 4 feet. In addition, teams will do some practice on ORT boxes.

Starts: Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 9:00 AM — FULL
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 3 weeks
Cost: $65 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016.) Includes online processing fee.

Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Dogs must be crated when not working. No Flexi leashes. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 15-20 foot line. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class.

Class: NW 108 Searching Outdoors

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Odor and Search Elements or equivalent. Dog must be on one of the following odors: birch, anise or clove.

This three week class will give dog/handler teams opportunities to practice their search skills outdoors. Searches will take place outdoors at the OTCPBC clubhouse parking lot. Searches will be for single, accessible hides up to four feet. Hides may be birch, anise, clove or a combination of two odors in one hide.

Dogs work one at a time and will be crated when not working. Dogs may be crated in vehicles during class. Participants need to be prepared to work in the rain as long as there is no thunder or lightning.

Class is appropriate for dog/handler teams who are already confidently searching interiors for birch, anise or clove and are interested in strengthening foundation skills in preparation for competition or just for fun.

Starts: Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 10:15 AM — FULL
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 3 weeks
Cost: $65 (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, a chair to be used outdoors and very high value treats. Dogs must be securely crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 15-20 foot line. No Flexi leashes. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class.

Class: NW 206 Beyond Boxes

The goal of this three week course is to help handlers become more comfortable in working container searches. Will include a variety of containers. Scent will not be limited to birch. Distractions will be used. Course is appropriate for handlers whose dogs are confident searchers but for whom containers present more of a challenge than other elements or who simply want to strengthen skills in anticipation of upcoming trials.

Starts: Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 11:30 AM — FULL
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $65 (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, a chair to be used outdoors and very high value treats. Dogs must be securely crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 15-20 foot line. No Flexi leashes. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class.

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.
Topics:

  • Pooling odor
  • Threshold hides
  • Heights up to 4 feet
  • Containers, vehicles, exteriors

Starts: Tuesday, April 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.

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.
Topics:

  • 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: 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.)

Sniff ‘n Go

Our next Sniff ‘n Go will be a Mock ORT. We will have two options. The first is to run your dog in birch, anise and clove. The second is to run your dog in myrrh and vetiver. Cost is $5 per set plus a $2.00 processing fee. Payment is by credit card only, payable when registering. Registration closes April 4, 2017. No day of event registration.

Friday, April 7, 5-9 PM Mock ORT.

Registration for April 7 Sniff n Go — Mock ORT
April 7 2017 Mock ORT Flyer

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.