Classes now in Atascadero
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Introduction to Nose Work
This is a 6-week introductory class designed to motivate the dogs to “find” a treat or toy. The training begins with simple exercises where dogs search boxes for a treat or toy. They quickly progress to searching through various objects at different elevations and become more confident and skilled at this sport.
Introduction to Odor
A 6-week class where the dogs learn how to find a specific odor (sweet birch to start). We begin hiding the food and odor together. Before long, the dogs are searching for just the odor understanding that finding the hidden odor will unlock the key to the primary reinforcer - food or toys!
Continuing Nose Work
This is an ongoing class where Clients may purchase a 6-week class card that can be used over a 12-week period. In this class, we build skills and confidence in the dog and help the handler to learn to read and trust their dog. Over time, dogs are doing interior, exterior and vehicle searches for three specific odors (birch, anise, clove). Practice in the class helps the dog develop their unique search techniques and prepares the dog/handler team for the Odor Recognition Test (ORT) and Nose Work Competition through the National Association of Canine Scent Work.
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