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Our Nose Work Program is being taught by Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is a cross-over trainer who has been training dogs for over thirteen years. She has a BSc in Veterinary and Animal Science from UMass and is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). She has undertaken K9 Nose Work® activities in over 19 US States and 3 countries as well as competing with her own dogs in K9NW trials (and Barn Hunt events) across the country. In past years she competed in pulling contests, agility, Rally-O, obedience, and terrier trials (go-to-ground, lure coursing, barn hunt, super-earth). She teaches K9 Nose Work® classes, holds international and domestic seminars & working clinics, presents at and attends conferences and training programs world-wide, and engages in scientific research in animal behavior. Additionally, she holds Primary certification in TAGteach (teaching with acoustical guidance) instruction is currently finishing up her Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) qualification, working toward her full certification in Behavior Adjustment Training (CBATI), and will be taking the CPDT exam in March 2014. For more information please visit her website: http://www.k9sniffworks. com/

 

Does your dog have an  nose? Is your dog always looking for that stray piece of kibble that rolled under the fridge? Do you have a retired competition dog who would love a new job? Does your dog or new puppy have more energy than there are hours in the day? Do you have an older, shy, bored, or reactive dog who could benefit from learning a fun confidence building activity? Have you recently adopted a dog and want to participate great bonding activity? Then K9 Nose Work® might be just the activity for you both! Whether you just want to participate in the activity of K9 Nose Work® or decide that competition is in your future, you will have lots of fun!

Introduction to K9 Nose Work® (Intro 1):  In this class we focus on introducing the ‘game’ by capitalizing on your dog’s natural ability to hunt for and locate high value food or, for some dogs, toys. You and your dog will progress together; as your dog develops confidence and an independent search style you will begin to learn how read your dog’s body language while they work to solve increasingly difficult odor puzzles. This will serve to enhance your communication, build teamwork, and help you begin to develop your own handler skills. Rewarding at source, odor movement, odor cones, hide placement strategy, and other foundation concepts will be discussed. This class set will begin by building hunt drive using boxes and will progress to elevated,  interior/exterior search areas, and low level distractions (note: vehicles searches will be introduced in Intro 2). The joy your dog experiences will be proof that this game is one you can both enjoy for life!

Duration: 6 weeks; 1.5 hours per class

Cost:  $125

Prerequisite: No previous training is required. However, as all dogs search independently your dog will have to wait away from the search area when not working. You may bring a crate, use one at the facility, or leave your dog in your car (weather permitting). Crates may be covered or kept behind a barrier and will never have a line of sight to the search area. If your dog has clinical separation anxiety please contact us so we can discuss suitable options for you; our goal is to include rather than exclude.

Introduction to K9 Nose Work® (Intro 2): In this second Intro to K9NW class we will continue to develop and build on foundation skills introduced in the Intro 1 class set. We will expand handler prowess, including use of body pressure to manage search areas and on-lead handling skills. This class will expand search areas to include vehicle and more distractions, incorporate more complex scent puzzles, as well as include novel hide locations. This class is geared toward getting handler teams ready to go on odor.
     
Duration: 6 weeks; 1.5 hours per class
  
Cost:  $135
  
Prerequisite: Introduction to K9 Nose Work® with a CNWI/ANWI or equivalent. Please contact us to discuss which class you should enroll in if you have not taken an Intro to K9NW class with a certified instructor or if you have spent some time off. As all dogs search independently your dog will have to wait away from the search area when not working. You may bring a crate, use one at the facility, or leave your dog in your car (weather permitting). Crates may be covered or kept behind a barrier and will never have a line of sight to the search area. If your dog has clinical separation anxiety please contact us so we can discuss suitable options for you; our goal is to include rather than exclude.

 

Drop-in K9 Nosework  (Pam Taylor, ANWI)

Sundays 12:00 

Dogs must be working odor.  Each Sunday Pam will offer a different training opportunity (depending on weather you could be working inside or outside).  Please contact Pam each week if you plan to attend class so she can manage the number of dogs attending.  Her contact info is taylordtails@gmail.com or 413-358-1323

Cost per dog is $12 

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