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Sport Scent Detection Classes

Nosey Dog Scent Detection Classes

This FUN sport, teaches the dog to use his/her nose to find a specific scent or odour on cue, and then tell you that they have found it. It's a great class for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy and to find out just how good your dog's nose is. Simply put, it's about having "FUN" teaching your dog to find one or more specific scents in a reliable manner and alerting their handler that they've found it.

Beginner

It's about having fun doing something that already comes natural to your dog without the pressure of "performing". This Scent Detection Class level focuses on developing your dog's natural scenting ability through "the hunt" and developing the dog owner's ability to read the signals of their dog. This is important because at some point the instructor will hide the scent without your knowledge your job is to announce when your dog has found the hide. We almost always start off with the scent Wintergreen teaching you how to encourage and develop your dog's natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of food and toys for their reward. In the Introduction to Scenting classes we'll lay our foundation by teaching your dog to use its nose to find the Wintergreen scent by pairing it together with food, and we will teach them an indication so they can let you know that they have found the scent. We are going to vary the difficulty as well. Of course the searches will be easy at first but they will soon change to more challenging flop locations, hidden under a chair or a carpet, the elevation may even be hiding in a crack or crevice. You never know where it will turn up.

UPCOMING CLASS: Sundays at 10am beginning September 18.

Advanced

Introduction to Scent or Odour

Prerequisite: Beginner Scent Detection. In this level we introduce a second scent (Pine) along with the scent Wintergreen that your dog has already been searching for. Once found we shower the dog with whatever most catches its fancy, treats or a tug of war or some hugs. We're also going to start moving towards a passive alert which means the dog won't make physical contact with the scent but will notify its owner by sitting staring with its nose. By the end of this level the dog owners are going to be challenged a little themselves as they will often be unaware of where the scent is hidden and become responsible for saying, "Alert!" to notify me the search has concluded.

Excellence

Introduction to Combining Indoor, Outdoor and Vehicle searches

Always moving to the next level with far more challenges and difficulties of the hides and the distractions provided by different environments. We will also begin adding a third unique scent to your dog's repertoire.

Training Requirements

  • Highly Recommended: If your dog is currently a grazer as opposed to a gulper and is healthy begin transitioning to one or two 5 minute meals a day instead. It takes some dogs 3 or 4 days. Not only is this way of feeding healthier it will make Scent Detection Dog training easier, as you won't feed your dog it's evening ration until after class. Start this now.
  • Need: Bring treats (a lot of them) a big bag of your dog's favourite and a back up if you're unsure.
  • Need: Just in case, bring a few of your dog's favourite squeaky and/or tug toys and/or balls he or she associated with retrieval.
  • Need: A 6′ leash.
  • Need: A water bowl and some water.
  • Want: If your dog normally wears a training collar of any sort bring it but during the training if you have a different type of collar available, preferably a flat collar fit snuggly we will switch. You'll find down the road when your dog sees that collar come out he or she will put their noses in gear right away.
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Upcoming Classes

Beginner Class: starting August 16 at 6pm and 8pm

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