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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 to 1.5 hours per class

Cost:  $155

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, elevated and deep hides, vehicle searches, building duration focus at source, and other aspects critical to the handelr teams progression.. 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 to 1.5 hours per class
  
Cost:  $155
  
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.
 

Introduction to K9 Nose Work® Odor (Odor 1): In this introduction to odor class we will build upon the foundational skills learned in the Intro to K9NW (Intro 1 & 2) classes. We will focus on teaching the dogs to search for a trained target odor (birch); building odor obedience; ensuring dogs are driving to source; and searching with intensity, focus, and forward drive with increasing duration (nose time). We will discuss the use, handling, preparation, storage, disposal, and the responsibility that goes along with using odor.  We will revisit some of the exercises in the introduction series to aid in odor acquisition. However, as dogs progress, we will move on to exposing them to a wider array of search scenarios helping them to solve odor puzzles more effectively. Handlers will continue to learn valuable techniques for supporting their dogs during searches, as well as a deeper understanding of how odor and odor movement can be affected by the environment and by the handler team.

Odor: You will receive an odor kit to use at home & free odor for as long as you’re enrolled.  

 

Duration: 6 weeks; 1-1.5 hours per class depending on number of handlers

 

Cost: $165  

 

Prerequisite: Introduction to K9 Nose Work® foundation classes (Intro 1 & 2) 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.

  
 Introduction to K9 Nose Work® Odor (Odor 2): During this second introduction to odor class series will further our knowledge about working different environments. Dogs will learn to search expanded areas more effectively and will work in all four elements. We will work on increasing search duration, examine odor in environments more comprehensively, and increase exposure to varied search areas. Additionally, handlers will gain more knowledge about how they influence searches (intentional or not) and develop handler team communication. We will discuss and begin preparing handlers for taking the Odor Recognition Test, a necessary requirement for competition trialing in the NACSW and other sport scent work organizations. If handlers choose dogs will be put on anise and clove.      

Odor: Free odor for as long as you’re enrolled.  

 

Duration: 6 weeks; 1-1.5 hours per class depending on number of handlers

 

Cost: $165  

 

Prerequisite: Introduction to K9 Nose Work® foundation classes (Intro 1 & 2) and Introduction to Odor (Odor 1) 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.

 

 

Continuing K9 Nose Work® Odor (Cont 1): This class will build on the previous K9NW classes and will provide not only preparation for taking the Odor Recognition Test (ORT), if dogs have not passed already, but will provide focused preparation for trialing at the Nose Work 1 level (or similar in other sport dog scent work organizations). We will continue to increase handler skills, advance our knowledge of odor and how it behaves in varied environments, and examine how dogs work odor in a myriad of challenging environments. This class will take handlers to the next level. This class is also suitable for those who do not want to compete but who wish to further their knowledge of K9NW.      

Odor: Free odor for as long as you’re enrolled.  

 

Duration: 6 weeks; 1-1.5 hours per class depending on number of handlers

 

Cost: $165 

 

Prerequisite: Introduction to K9 Nose Work® foundation classes (Intro 1 & 2), Intro to Odor (1 & 2) or comparable odor and handling experience with a CNWI/ANWI or equivalent or trialing with the NACSW or other sport dog scent work organization. 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.

 

 

  

Advanced Trial Prep: This is for handler teams who have their ORT and are competing beyond the NW1 level.

Odor: Free odor for as long as you’re enrolled.  

 

Duration: 6 weeks; 1-1.5 hours per class depending on number of handlers

 

Cost: $165 

 

Prerequisite: ORT, NW1 title (or similar in other sport detection organization), and actively competing in NW2 or higher. This class can be tailored to the appropriate level for all handlers attending. Please contact us to discuss if this class is suitable for your team.

  

 

Drop-in K9 Nosework  (Jennifer Porth)

Sundays 1:00 

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 EFDTC if you plan to attend class so we can manage the number of dogs attending.  413-533-0049 or efdtcinfo@aol.com

Cost per dog is $15

 Sniffin'

Sniffin' is a fun (non-competition/non-sport)  focuaed ix week nose work class designed to open your dog' world of chenbt to your and to help your dog build confidence through fun enrichment searching.  The class will have dogs searchig for treats in boxes and will gradually work towards more challenging searches in the environment.  Suitable for all ages, puppies to seniors.

 Cost for six week class is $130 

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