May 30, 2015

Nose Work

Nose Work is a great, new dog sport where your dog is trained to find particular odors in different elements – interiors, exteriors, vehicles and containers. Because sniffing is one of your dog’s greatest joys in life, they love learning and practicing this sport. This class is a great confidence builder for shy or fearful dogs; offers an outlet for older and retired dogs; and provides mental stimulation for ALL dogs. Here’s a short video showing dogs practicing Nose Work at WAGD.

Checkout the Class List, then jump to the bottom of this page for the Class Schedule

 

Class List


 

Nose Work 101 – Intro to Nose Work

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Description: Want a fun class that doesn’t require a ton of prior training? Nose Work may be just the thing!

This class is a great confidence builder for shy or fearful dogs; offers an outlet for older and retired dogs; and provides mental stimulation for ALL dogs. Any age dog can play. And, since all dogs will be crated when it is not their turn to work, even dogs that are reactive to other dogs may participate. (Dogs that are people reactive must sit this one out, sorry). Please bring a crate for your dog; we have very few on hand.

Ideally you’ll want to take your Nose Work 101 and 102 classes from the same instructor. After that, you can feel free to mix it up. We have two excellent Nose Work instructors. Both use methods which are fun and highly effective. You and your dog will enjoy learning from either of them! Here’s a short explanation of their approaches:

  • Mickey’s classes first focus on teaching the dog to FIND odor, and STAY at odor – building value for the odor. As you progress into her NW102, the focus shifts to the search and building the communication between dog and handler.
  • Bob’s classes put early focus on the fundamentals of providing an alert to the handler (owner) at the location of specific target odors. He utilizes an odor detection box, where the dogs receive a reward after giving an indication.

If your dog has a working nose and LOVES food, come join us!! Whether you plan to compete, or just want to have fun with your dog – Nose Work fits the bill. Here’s a short video that gives you a taste of Nose Work at WAGD!

If you’re ready to get started, but you’re not finding a group Nose Work 101 which fit your schedule, you may book Private Lessons to work through the same material.

Requirements:

  • No prior training is required
  • Dogs cannot be people aggressive or people reactive
  • Dogs are required to wait their turn in a crate or x-pen during the class. They will come out to take their turn searching, then must return to their crate or x-pen.
  • Prior to the first day of class, your instructor will send you an email with additional information.
  • It is CRITICAL that you and your dog attend the first 4 weeks of classIn the first weeks of foundation training, each week builds on the week before, so if you miss a class, your dog will likely be unable to be successful when he returns. If you MUST miss class for something unexpected, you can schedule a private session with your instructor to get your dog back up to speed. Privates are $40 for a 1/2 hour. Once the dogs have the basics down, missing class is not a big deal.

Class Fee:

  • $150 for 6 sessions, each about an hour long. Class is limited to seven working teams.
  • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

 

Nose Work 102 – Expanding the Search

NW 102Description: Continue your Nose Work fun! We will start to introduce more complex searches involving interiors, containers, and also an introduction to vehicles. This class is limited to six working teams.

Requirements:

  • Completion of Nose Work 101 with the same instructor
  • If you’ve trained elsewhere, please contact us to be put in contact with one of our Nose Work instructors for proper class placement.

Class Fee:

  • $150 for 6 sessions, each one about an hour long
  • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

 

Nose Work – Advanced

Description: This class is ideal for those who have trained the basic Nose Work skills and are wanting to improve elements of their search. Dog and handler teams will improve their search confidence by:

  • Refining the alert
  • Developing effective search strategies
  • Refining the alert
  • Developing effective search strategies
  • Avoiding distractions
  • Working to source of odor
  • Enhancing the handlers role in Nose Work.

Requirements: Nose Work 102 (or equivalent)

Class Fee:

  • $150 for 6 sessions, each one about an hour long
  • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available

 

Nose Work Continuing (Ongoing)

Description: The goal of our Ongoing Nose Work programs is to fine-tune your handling skills, to 792198_402972619794470_633742024_oexpand your dog’s knowledge and confidence in searching new and different areas, and to perfect your dog’s alert. Teamwork with your dog will be emphasized. Searches of different types will be utilized: containers, exteriors, interiors and vehicles. For those interested in competing, these classes will help prepare both you and your dog for Nose Work competition.

For WAGD-Frisco Nose Work Ongoing classes: ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD OFFSITE at various locations in the general vicinity of WAGD. Most classes will be held OUTDOORS in parks, fields, parking lots, etc. If we are lucky enough to find an indoor search area, it will be rare. Please contact the Frisco Nose Work instructor, Mickey Schufman at fourpawstrainer@yahoo.com to discuss day and time availability. There are numerous sessions throughout the week. PLEASE NOTE that unless the weather poses a threat to our safety, class will meet regardless of weather conditions. Please dress accordingly.

For WAGD-Richardson Nose Work Ongoing classes: The classes will be held at the Richardson WAGD facility. Class will often be held outdoors at the WAGD site for exterior and vehicle searches.

Requirements: Completion of Nose Work 101 and 102 (or instructor approval).

Class Fee: $88 for each 4 consecutive classes, pre-payment required. Please review Ongoing Class Policies prior to signing up.

 

Other Nose Work Options

Fast Track – Offered by Mickey in Frisco, these 4 private or semi-private sessions will fulfill the same requirement as the 6 week group class, Nose Work 101. For semi-private sessions, your dog will be required to wait between their runs in a crate or x-pen during the session. It is CRITICAL that you be able to attend all 4 sessions of these privates / semi-privates. In the first weeks of foundation training, each week builds on the week before, so if you miss a class, your dog will likely be unable to be successful when he returns. $160 for 4 private or semi-private sessions, each 30 – 45 minutes based on number of teams. Enrollment is for all 4 sessions. Please schedule this directly with the instructor, Mickey (fourpawstrainer@yahoo.com) before you make your payment. To pay, please call or stop by the front desk at WAGD.

Off-site Nose Work Privates – For Nose Work students who have already completed the foundation work and are honing their skills.  Work one-on-one with Mickey for 1/2 hour out and about the Frisco area. Please schedule this with Mickey (fourpawstrainer@yahoo.com) BEFORE you make payment. There are lots of times available during the week to schedule these.

 

Class Schedule


For information on schedules and availability for ongoing (advanced) classes and Fast Track privates contact Mickey Schufman at fourpawstrainer@yahoo.com.