Nose Work

Are you looking for fun activities that can be done indoors or outside? Try nose work!

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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. Even more fun is providing your dog with a safe situation to enjoy the dog’s natural hunting ability and for you to observe your dog in new ways. Nose work is fun for both dogs and handlers, builds a dog’s confidence, work ethic and strengthens dog/handler bond. These classes are appropriate for puppies, too.



Although our nose work classes prepare dogs for competition, 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.
Club members and instructors participate in several nose work venues. OTCPBC is licensed to offer AKC Scent Work and UKC Nose Work trials. OTCPBC has also hosted National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs) and NW1, NW2 and NW3 trials.

In addition to offering classes and hosting trials the club periodically offers “Sniff ‘n Go” practice events that are open to the public. Information about these events may be found using the “Trials and Seminar” tab.

Class Format


In all Nose Work classes dogs work one at a time. When dog is not working, dog must be securely crated. Each handler must provide a crate for use during class. Handlers are encouraged to observe each dog/handler team work. Handlers may be asked to help with moving equipment before and after class.

What to Bring for all classes:

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. Working gear for dog is a non-restrictive harness and a 10-15 foot line.

A complete list of classes offered may be found at this link:
Class Offerings

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Getting Started

NW 100A Introduction to Nose Work

Description This class is the first class in our series and provides an opportunity for your dog to safely engage in a game based on the dog’s natural hunting instinct. Handlers will learn how to observe dogs in a natural activity. Given the opportunity to work at this game, dogs become more focused and confident. The dog/handler bond becomes stronger. Initially dogs will hunt for food or a toy in cardboard boxes. As skills develop other objects will be introduced into the hunt. This class is appropriate for dogs of all ages, from puppies to senior dogs.
Prerequisite: In this class dogs work one at a time, so dog must be able to rest in a crate when not working. Dogs must be under handler control in the parking lot and when coming into or leaving the building.
What to Bring: See above for “What to Bring”
Starts: Tuesday, 1/8/19 @ 5:30 PM
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Continuing Foundations

NW 101B Advanced Continuing Nose Work

Continuing foundation work in nose work skills for dogs early in nose work career. Exercises will focus on strengthening odor obedience and increasing team confidence. Birch, anise and clove will be used in hides. Searches will be indoors and outdoors at OTCBC facility depending on the weather. Teams will be expected to video searches and share with classmates..
Prerequisites: Dogs must be on birch, anise or clove, and confide Dog must be on one of the following odors: birch, anise or clove and have completed the four preceding beginning level courses at OTCPBC or equivalent with approval of instructor.
See above for “What to Bring”

Start Date: Tuesday 1/8/19 @ 4:15 pm
Instructors: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

FULL

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Skills Focus Classes

Searching Outdoors

Description: This class will be held outdoors in OTCPBC parking lot, weather permitting. This class will focus on providing search experience in outdoor environments where scent is subject to the elements. Handlers will have opportunities to observe dogs working in various conditions and begin to learn how to provide support as dog searches. Multiple hides including birch and anise will be used. Appropriate for dog handler teams preparing for NACSW Exterior and Vehicle searches. Participants are encouraged to volunteer use of their vehicle for searching.
Prerequisites:Dogs must be on birch and anise or clove, confidently searching indoors and have some experience with multiple hides.
See above for “What to Bring”

Start Date: Tuesday 10/23/18 @6:45 pm
Instructors: Judy McPartland and Marti Hohmann
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours within the last 12 months)
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Next Session

Start Date: Saturday 1/19/19 @11:30 AM No Classes on 1/26; 2/16; 2/23; 3/16
Instructors: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks — NOT consecutive.
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours within the last 12 months)

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Advanced Skills Classes

NW 306 Advanced Mind Games

Advanced puzzles and challenges for dog-handler teamwork, upper level competition strategies, and problem solving specific to each team. Dogs must be proficient on birch, anise, and clove, proficient with multiple hides per search, experienced with all typical search elements (interiors, exteriors, vehicles, containers), and skilled with hides at ground, elevation, corners, inaccessible locations, converging, etc. Suitable for teams working at the NACSW NW3 level or equivalent.
Start Date: Tuesday, 10/16/18 @ 8:00 PM.
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours within the last 12 months)
FULL

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Practice and Trial Preparation Classes

NW Nosework Puzzles

Nosework puzzles and challenges for building dog-handler teamwork, search strategies, and problem solving. Teams will work toward proficiency in multiple odors (birch, anise, and clove), multiple hides per search, inaccessible hides, converging odors, etc. Great for fun and suitable for competition preparation. Instruction will be tailored and suitable for all enrolled teams.

Session I Starts: Saturday, 1/5/19-3/9/19 @9 AM
See above for “What to Bring”
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks (not consecutive) Skip 1/12; 1/26; 2/16; 2/23
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

Session II Starts: Saturday, 1/5/19-3/9/19 @10:15 AM
See above for “What to Bring”
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 6 weeks (not consecutive)Skip 1/12; 1/26; 2/16; 2/23
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Upcoming Classes

 

Hold the dates:
AKC Scent Work Trials

November 24-25, 2018
January 26-27, 2019

Future Sniff n Go events:

We are busy planning our next few Sniff ‘n Go events. We will post details about each event here when finalized.
Other Scent Work Events

October 14, 2018

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Instructor Bios:

Judy McPartland ANWI, OTCPBC Scent Work Coordinator, is a member of OTCPBC, the Iowa City Dog Obedience Club (AKC), 4RK9s (UKC), Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association (ESSFTA). She is an approved AKC Scent Work Judge. She owns three English Springer Spaniels with whom she competes in NACSW, UKC and PSD nose work and AKC Scent Work.

Lisa Brooks is an experienced NACSW nosework enthusiast, approved AKC Scent Work Judge, the proud handler of terrier mix UCD Janie SuchADog NW3 Elite. Lisa is currently training with Jack NW2. 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.

Club member Marti Hohmann CPDT-KA, ANWI has been training dogs professionally for 15 years. Currently she coordinates the Prison Pups training program offered by New Horizons Service Dogs at two area institutions. Both of her dogs, Lark and Fizz, have earned the NACSW titles, Lark the NW2 title and Fizz NW3. Fizz is the recipient of multiple placements in AKC, UKC, and PSD trials, including several High in Trial awards.

Lauren Walsh is a member of OTCPBC. She is active in NACSW, UKC Nosework, AKC Scent Work and Performance Scent Dog trials with her two Cocker Spaniels, Raleigh NW2 and Cash NW2. She is an approved AKC Scent Work Judge.