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 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.

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.

Getting Started

Class: NW 100A Introduction to Nose Work

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.
Prerequistes: 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.
See above for “What to Bring”
Start Date: Tuesday, 11/7/2017 @ 4:00 PM.
Instructor: Judy McPartland and Marti Hohmann
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016)

Class: NW 102 Searching Objects

Start Date: Tuesday, 9/19/2017 @ 5:30 PM RESCHEDULED. No Class October 17.
Instructor: Judy McPartland and Marti Hohmann
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 started on birch.
This is the follow-up course for teams that have just started hunting for odor. Will practice handler rewarding at source and observation skills. Dogs will learn to search various objects, some new environments and ¬†have the opportunity to develop 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 and outdoors, weather permitting.

Class: NW 100C Continuing Nosework

This class is for teams that have been searching for odor for six weeks or somewhat longer. This class will continue introducing dogs to different environments and objects, including exteriors and vehicles. Initially hides will be birch. As teams progress hides will include birch paired with anise or with clove. Searches will be both indoors and outdoors.
See above for “What to Bring”
Start Date: Tuesday, 11/14/2017 @ 5:30 PM.
Instructor: Judy McPartland and Marti Hohmann
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016)

Fundamentals

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, November 7, 2017 @6:45 PM FULL
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016)

Intermediate

Class: NW 204 Elevation & Ground Hides Intermediate

This class is for dogs that are on odor and have been introduced to finding multiple hides and have some experience with converging odor. Dogs will work at finding hides at different elevations from ground level to six feet. Searches will be for single and for multiple hides. Birch, anise and clove as well as cocktails will be used for hides. Searches will be both indoors and outdoors.

Start Date: Tuesday, 9/19/2017 @ 6:45 PM Moved to start 9/19. 
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016)

 

 

Upcoming Classes

 

Sniff ‘n Go

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

Hold the dates: November 25 and 26, 2017.

Instructor Bios:

Judy McPartland 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.

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

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, 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.