K9 Nose Work - Practice for Fun in 2013

  • February 10, 2013 · 1:30 PM
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Looking to break up our practicing sessions. Limited to running dogs for 4 people each session. I encourge you to come and watch the other practice session. This will allow people with time constraints to practice as well. I will try this out and see how it works and adjust as needed.

Practicing for Fun in 2013 - come and observe or if you want to start K9 Nose Work for the first time.

I can start only a limited number of people so if you want to start for the first time please email me.


Here is what you will need to start.

Crate (where your dog will rest between runs). Dogs must be crate-trained unless other accommodations are available. Dogs may be crated in vehicles, weather permitting.

Chair for you when other dogs are working

Water (for you and the dog)

Flat Collar (buckle or Martingale style) or a well-fitted traditional style harnessduring the class. No head halters or Easy Walk harnesses during runs but they maybe used to and from the search area as needed.

Leash: A 6-foot light-weight leather or nylon leash (no chain or retractable). All dangling items, rings, charms, poop bags holders should be removed so as not to distract the dog.

Toys and/or treats: HIGH VALUE toys and treats! Bring a few things in case what you thought was going to work doesn't. Sometimes, your usual food reward for other activities is not high enough value for Nose Work. We've found some of the following to be very motivating: Tuna,salmon, bleu cheese,sausages,meatballs, liverwurst, and hot dogs. Please avoid crumbly/crunchie cookie-type treats.

Treat pouch/bait bag: Please bring a small vented container, bait bag or "Tug NTreat" in which to put the food,(no plastic baggies)

Hungry & Motivated Dog: Please either don't feed your dog before the class, orfeed a reduced meal so that your dog is hungry and motivated. Also if you have ahigh energy dog, please don't bum them out with a long hike or play session before hand.


These are the basic rules for running a K9 Nose Work group, please review to help make thinkgs run smothly

1. The structure of K9 Nose Work dictates that one dog work at a time. Other dogs will remain secured in vehicle or crated until their turn.

2. When you enter the search area with your dog, don't let him or her wander into the designated search area until further instruction.

3. When entering and exiting the search, or out in potty area, please keep dogs a safe distance from one another. No meet and greets.

4. Make sure to potty dogs prior to class and possibly before each run. The nature of the work may trigger the desire to eliminate anyway. In that case, be ready to preempt the attempt but if unsuccessful, don't reprimand your dog.. .leave it be and we will clean up.

5. Minimize chatting during the dog's runs.

6. Instruction may vary based on an individual dog's need.

7. The dogs will work dogs on leash.

8. The instructor may rev up or excite your dog. Please hold your ground and do not release dog until instructed.

9. If a dog solicits social contact during the search, please ignore them.

10. Please leave toys and treats in the crating area when it is not your turn so that the workspace floor is clear of distractions.

11. Be patient with your dog. Don't get frustrated.

12. Don't say 'No' or 'Leave it' and if you need the dog to leave it just encourage the dog to move away. Be careful not to leash correct the dog.

13. HAVE FUN, it starts slow but the dogs learn quickly and having Fun is the goal.

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  • Pat R.

    Very interesting and informative for me; fun for the dog!

    February 10, 2013

    • Jason H.

      Thanks for coming Pat. Glad you enjoyed it.

      February 11, 2013

  • Pat R.

    Byron Rathbun may come too, but just one "working" dog

    February 3, 2013

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