Joyce Biethan has been a Certified Nose Work Instructor [CNWI] for 9+ yrs
Now available for private coaching. You can also put your own small group together [max 3 people] and share time and fee.
Coming in late February and early March: Try It one time classes. Held at Prarie Dog Mercantile on South Hill. $15. Pre-registration required so you can learn the day, time, and what to bring to class. Phone or email me for more information and the registration form please.
What is K9 Nose Work? It’s the sport of scent detection. Dogs learn to get to the source of a novel odor that otherwise would have no interest or value to the dog. It’s very similar to the work of professional Drug detection dogs. Instructed via the National Association of Canine Scent Work system, we focus on building ‘drive’, confidence and independence in virtually any breed or breed mix of dog.
Some requirements to understand or ask about before registering for class:
- Dog must be confinable in a covered crate and quiet if in the vicinity of the search area. Cars work well for confinement unless it is hot and even then there are ways to keep your car cool.
- Excessive barking in the car can be a problem for neighbors depending on where your class is held. Let Joyce know if you’re concerned about this with your dog. [BTW the safest way to transport your dog in a car is in a crate, and crated in the car during your dog’s class ‘down time’ is best. They need this downtime. You will be amazed at how tiring this activity is for your dog
- Dogs search one at a time ALWAYS
- You will get the most out of class by watching the other dogs search
- Dogs that are reactive to other dogs and dogs that are extremely shy are welcome in class and will benefit greatly.
- Dogs with human aggression or reactivity may or may not be appropriate for class. Talk to Joyce about your dog if you feel it fits into this category. Sometimes getting started in private lessons helps a reactive dog transition into a class environment.
- A red bandana on a dog often indicates the dog needs extra space. And really, all dogs should be kept at least 8 feet apart in and around the class environment.
- I truly do not care if you come to class with the intention to compete. Your dog doesn’t care about that LOL. But the quality of my teaching is such that your dog and you will be set up for success and your foundation will be built so that competition is within reach should you decide you want to.
One of the nice things about K9 Nose Work is that no prior obedience training is required to participate. We want our dogs to learn to be ‘odor obedient‘. We often say ‘leave your obedience on the other side of the door!‘ Early training focuses on building drive and letting the dog learn through exploration, what gets them to the source.
From the NACSW bulletin [with a few edits]: What is success?
Success comes in many shapes and sizes. For some it is ribbons, others titles, and for some it is the time spent playing with their best friends. Seeing confidence build and reactivity decrease as focus on the game builds. None of these are wrong. Everyone is in a different place with different goals. The key here is to support our fellow classmates & competitors with whatever their goals may be. Our partner’s lives are far too short. Cherish the moments we get to see the world through their noses. Celebrate the successes along the way whether it is walking through a search area happily with lots of scary things around or competing and winning High in Trial. Before every search, try to remember that your dog is playing this game because of their love for you!
If you are not familiar with this relatively new dog sport go to http://www.nacsw.net to learn more. The National Association of Canine Nose Work is the first and still the only organization that has a certification program to teach instructors about scent work with dogs. We recognize that it is rare that a pet dog has the same temperament as a professional detection dog and their training needs to take this into consideration. In classes, handlers learn to let the dog learn from the search, and to read their dog to know when they are at source.