Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work® is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise. K9 Nose Work® starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and competition skills are taught.
Some of the many benefits of K9 Nose Work®:
Level 1: Into to Nose Work - Containers and Interiors
Saturdays at 9:00am
Wednesdays at 6:00pm
This class is designed to get your dog excited about using his nose to seek out his favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, we'll introduce new challenges and searches beyond the box.
Level 2: Intro to Nose Work - Exteriors and Vehicles
Saturdays at 10:15am
We'll build on the hunting foundation developed in Level One to introduce new search challenges, including vehicles, exterior and interior spaces. We’ll continue to use boxes in some situations, but the dogs will progress to learn to search any part of their environment, with or without boxes. Your dog will continue to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward at this level.
Level 3: Food Trucking
Saturdays at 12:00pm
This course strengthens hunt drive and foundation skills in all four of the elements: containers, exteriors, interiors and vehicles. We meet in a new, real-world location each week where we’ll focus on one of the elements and the unique challenges posed by novel environments, weather and environment. Your dog will usually continue to seek a favorite toy or treat reward at this level.
Level 4: Intro to Odors
Saturdays at 12:00pm
This 6-week course introduces your dog to the first of the three target odors used in K9 Nose Work®: birch. Once target odors are introduced to the dog, he will learn to search for the odor and find its source, then get rewarded by his handler with his favorite food or toy reward. We will continue to develop the communication between you and your dog. Three drops of the odor are placed on a q-tip for the dog to find. We will introduce odor to all 4 elements, container, interior, exterior, and vehicles. Classes will meet at the facility as well as other locations.
The Intro to Competition class is designed for those who want to compete in AKC Beginner Novice or Novice Obedience or for owners just looking for the next fun step in their training. The basic skills that your dog already knows gets more formal and consistent. Though Sally will use a variety of training tools and devices depending on what the owner wants, she works hard at keeping the training class fun and upbeat, coming up with creative ways to motivate the dogs and keep their tails wagging. Sally has years of experience in training and competing and is excited to see the Athens community getting more envolved with competing.
You'll prepare your dog for the following exercises:
Taught by Sally Bunker-May, Rally (or Rally-O for Rally Obedience) is a new dog sport that the dogs love!! A cross between traditional obedience and agility, Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace (very similar to rally-style auto racing) through a course of designated stations (10-20 depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed.
Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience and “perfect” heel position is not required. In fact, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement!
Rally provides a link from the basic house manners and the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program to competitive agility or obedience…or can be a stand-alone sport for fun and companionship.
Your dog is eligible if he/she knows how to sit, down and has basic control while on the leash and is over 6-months old. Come play with us!
This drop-in course is designed to meet your handling needs from beginner to advanced. The matted training room will provide an opportunity to work your dog and polish both your and your dog's skills. Bring appropriate training equipment for your breed and small, easily digested treats.
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