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. 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 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.
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.

Canine Influenza

For nosework classes starting in August, OTCPBC NO LONGER requires that dogs in nosework classes complete the two-series Canine Influenza vaccination protocol.

Fundamentals

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. You will learn how to introduce your dog to odors used in competition. Birch will be used in this class. OTCPBC will provide you with scent to begin odor recognition. No prior experience in nose work is needed.

Starts: Saturday, August 5, 2017 @10:15 AM
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016) + includes online processing fee.

Class: NW 102 Searching Objects

Start Date: Thursday, 8/29/2017 @ 5:30 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: 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.

 

Class: NW 104 Elevation & Ground Hides

This class is for dogs who are on odor. Dogs will be introduced to finding hides at different elevations from ground level to four feet. 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 both indoors and outdoors.

Start Date: Saturday, 8/26/2017 @ 9:00 AM FULL
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 3 weeks
Cost: $65 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016) plus $4 online processing fee.)

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, October 17, 2017 @5:30 PM Registration opens end of August
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2016) + includes online processing fee.

Intermediate

 

Class: NW 202 Converging Odor

Start Date: Tuesday, 8/8/2017 @ 6:45 PM RESCHEDULED
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $86 (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.

Class: NW 204 Elevation & Ground Hides

This class is for dogs who 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 a multiple hide. Birch, anise and clove as well as cocktails will be used for hides. Searches will be both indoors and outdoors.

Start Date: Tuesday, 9/5/2017 @ 6:45 PM Moved to start 9/5.
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016) plus $4 online processing fee.)

NW Class: 207 Time and Space

Start Date: Saturday, 7/15/2017 @ 11:30 AM RESCHEDULED
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: This is an advanced intermediate level class. Dog must be proficient in birch and anise, and must be generally confident in solving puzzles and searching in novel environments including searching for multiple hides. Exercises for Time & Space management will focus on searching in tight spaces and in large areas, searching efficiently and precisely, and developing a useful ‘Clock in Your Head.’

Classes will be primarily indoors; outdoor exercises may be held, weather-permitting.

Class: NW 205 Proofing and Distractions Intermediate

Start Date: Saturday, 8/26/2017 @ 11:30 AM
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 3 weeks
Cost: $65 (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. Goal is to reinforce dog’s understanding that “only odor pays” and to reliably choose to ignore distractions. Handler will observe differences in dog’s behavior when at source and at a distraction and learn strategies to help dog ignore distractions.

Upcoming Classes

NW 101 Introduction to Odor Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:45 PM
NW 105 Proofing and Distractions Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:30 PM

Sniff ‘n Go

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

Hold the dates: September 10, October 15, and November 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 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, 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.