Introduction to Nosework: Mastering the Indication - 8 weeks
Taught by Kathryn Butts
Nosework is a growing sport for dog enthusiasts with multiple organizations offering the chance to compete for titles. The goal of this eight week class is to lay the foundations of all canine scent detection by establishing a solid indication of target odor. Dogs naturally know how to use their noses and search. This class will focus on teaching dogs how to tell their handlers when they have found what they are looking for by teaching them an indication behavior. We use an odor obedience box to aid us in shaping the dog’s indication and to help reinforce the target behavior. As teams progress, we will work on proofing the indication against distractions as well as adding in searches on multiple boxes and materials. A solid indication is the most important factor to achieve success in this sport, and once this is mastered, a dog will be able to move onto more challenging searches.
Participants will be provided with the target odor cocktail (birch, anise, clove, myrrh, vetiver and cypress) and a practice box to use at home. Home practice will be encouraged to help dogs master the techniques learned in class.
Starting: Thursday Nights on October 10
Time: 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM, 1 Hour
Duration: 8 Weeks / Class Series
Cost: $195 / Class Series
Instructor: Kathryn Butts