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What is nose work?
Canine nose work, also called scent and search work, is a relatively new sport for dogs and their owners, organized and endorsed by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). This activity is easy to learn. It builds confidence and enhances focus in many dogs, in addition to providing a safe means to keep dogs healthy and fit.
UKC NoseWork - Sample of Trials Elements and Requirements (Novice NoseWork Level 1)
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There are also several great videos on YouTube that teach nosework for pets who just want to do this for fun finding items around their home.
Can any breed participate?
The sport of canine nose work is designed to be open to essentially any breed of dog, including those that do not enjoy other dog-related activities because of their physical limitations, fear, age, lack of obedience, or reactivity concerns.
What is the goal of nose work?
Game playing and hunting are the goals of teaching your dog nose work. This is a sport that allows dogs to be dogs and is an ideal method to work with your dog to build confidence, have fun, and burn a lot of physical and mental energy.
Are there clubs or organizations?
- National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)
- United Kennel Club (UKC)
- Northwest Obedience Club (NOC)
What does my dog learn in training classes?
Training introduces your dog to the notion of the game and strengthens handler timing and observation skills. A team consisting of a dog and his handler work together in the ring using boxes containing a hidden treat. This allows your dog to focus and learn with minimal distractions. It also teaches the overall game and develops the dog’s intensity for the hunt contest.
What equipment is required?
Special equipment is not necessary. All you need is enthusiasm to see your dog have a great time hunting for a reward.
How do I get started?
The greatest thing about doing canine nose work is how easy it is and portable it can be. Start in a secure, enclosed area so you can practice with your dog both on and off leash.