These two fun dog sports both use your dog’s incredible ability to scent.
Is your dog constantly on the prowl for squirrels, moles and any other critters that appear in your backyard? If so, they should be a natural for the fun sport of Barn Hunt. This dog sport requires little prior training. It is based on the hunting and teamwork skills historically used by “rat catchers,” who traveled the countryside ridding farms of vermin. Dogs and handlers work as a team to locate and mark rats (safe inside their aerated tubes) hidden in a maze of straw bales. This is a sport that all breeds and breed mixes enjoy! Check out this video for an overview of the activity.
Nose Work is a sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent and communicate to the handler that the scent has been found. Nose Work creates an amazing working relationship between dogs and their handlers. It is a fun game that any dog can play. You will train your dog 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.