What is Scent Work or Nosework?
Nosework (also known as scent work or scent detection) is a new and growing dogsport that uses scent dog training techniques similar to those employed to teach law enforcement dogs to detect narcotics and explosives, to search for legal substances. Dogs who enjoy sniffing are easily trained using positive, rewards based training to love searching for scent. Scent dog training is a great way to share mental and physical exercise with your dog. Once you’ve learned how to do nosework, you can enjoy doing it every day, with minimal supplies. All ages, sizes, breeds, reactive dogs and even disabled dogs are welcome.
SCENT DOG TRAINING FOR EVERY DOG
Every dog can learn nosework, provided that the dog enjoys a food or toy reward. All ages, sizes, breeds, reactive dogs and even dogs with mobility challenges are welcome. Any dog that likes to sniff and is interested in food rewards can learn nosework. Accordingly, we’ve started training scent detection to puppies as young as 5 weeks of age.
We use scent dog training techniques similar to those employed to teach law enforcement dogs to detect narcotics and explosives, to teach pet dogs to search for legal substances, in the exciting new dogsport known as nosework. Our scent dog training techniques were originally created to train statistically reliable, working detection dogs that save lives. We use positive, rewards based training to teach pet dogs to love searching for the scent of specific essential oils e.g. wintergreen, birch, anise and clove.
WHAT’S THE POINT?
Nosework is all about having fun with your dog. Scent dog training is a great way to share mental and physical exercise with your dog. Once your dog knows how to search for scent, you can play nosework every day, with minimal equipment and space. If you love scent dog training as much as we do, you might be interested in competing in nosework.
There are many flavors of nosework competition. We focus on United Kennel Club Nosework (UKC – http://www.ukcdogs.com/Web.nsf/WebPages/DogEvents/Nosework) for Sniff Alberta. Nosework competitions test teams abilities to searches in varied environments, including containers, interior, exterior and vehicle searches. At the highest levels, dogs must ignore food and toy distracitons, and search thousands of feet, to find all the hidden odors, given limitted time. Other nosework competitions and games include:
• K9 ABC Games – http://k9abcgames.net/index.php?r=site/page&view=about
• SniffingDog Sports (SDS) – http://sniffingdogsports.com/sds-games/
• CWAGS – http://www.c-wags.org/
• Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA) – http://www.sportingdetectiondogs.ca/
• National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) – https://www.nacsw.net/, and many more.
Whatever your eventual goals, scent dog training is a fun and fascinating challenge that builds a stronger bond with your dog. We’ll show you how to train your scent dog so that he loves to search, find, and show you the location of the target odor.
HUNTER’S HEART WEBSITES
Online Classes: http://training.huntersheart.com/online-dog-training-courses
Our Brittany Spaniels: http://www.huntersheart.com/kennel.html