Nosework / Scent Work

July session times are different. Click here for July information

Due to the retirement of one of our Nosework instructors we will no longer be having Wednesday day classes. We will be having Wednesday PM and Thursday day classes. During the current Corvid-19 health restrictions, it has also been decided that for the July/August classes that they will be held outdoor. Click here for July information   Thank-you (updated 6/6)

Prerequisites: Proof of DLPP and Rabies vaccines/titers are required to attend class. Dogs must be a minimum of 5 months (20 weeks) of age.

 

There is a 6 dog limit per class, pre-registration required. Requires 3 dogs minimum to hold a class. Due to the popularity of our classes, we sometimes have to adjust the schedule and class offerings, please work with us and understand we are trying to make sure everyone gets into classes, but we can not guarantee there will not be changes in start times.

 

Cost - $120.00 for a 6 week class that meets one day a week for 1 1/2 hours when there are 5 or 6 dogs, if 3 or 4 dogs 1 hour per class 

See schedule for each class below.

 

Each dog will work at its respective level and receive hunts that are appropriate for them. 

Nose Work/ScentWork

K9 Nose Work/ScentWork can be a fun activity for you and your dog and/or a competitive sport with titles. It builds confidence in shy dogs and, since only 1 dog works at a time, allows reactive dogs to focus and be successful. Serious brainwork coupled with low physical demands make it ideal for recovering or aging dogs. In this 6-week class, dogs learn to search various elements: containers, interiors, exteriors, vehicles, human scent and buried. They are encouraged to work independently, without direction or cues from their handlers. Handlers learn to observe their dogs’ body language and understand the difference between “on scent” and “at source.” As dogs progress from boxes to containers to environmental hides, inside and outside and on vehicles, they learn to search the whole area, high and low, close and distant, and their drive to find the hide increases.



Dogs start out with paired bait (food + odor, on cotton swabs) and gradually move to odor alone. Since self-reward from the food part of the hide becomes less frequent, dogs begin to signal the handler when they make a find, and handlers learn to distinguish the dog’s “Hmmmm, this is really interesting” from “Here it is!”  Handlers periodically test their dog-reading skills with blind hides, where they have no idea where the bait is, and dogs become more precise on source indication.  

Elements and details of the following Nose Work/Scent Work organizations are taught across the multiple sessions.​

  • National Association of Canine Scent Work (www.nacsw.net)

  • American Kennel Club (www.akc.org/events/scent-work/)

Actual start times may vary depending upon number of students in any given class.

 

Meets    Start
Day       Time         Instructor       
   

Wed   5:15 PM  Sue Cone

Wed   7:00 PM  Sue Cone

Thur  9:00 AM  Sue Cone
Thur 10:45 AM  Sue Cone

Thur 12:30 PM  Sue Cone

Wed Night Classes   9/16, 11/4 (5 wks)

Thur  9/10, 10/22

Scent work supplies can be purchased at the following sites. Supplies are not required for taking a class, only for doing  your own practices and hunts:

AKC: 

https://shop.akc.org/pages/search-results?q=scent%20work%20kit

NACSW:

http://allgooddogs.biz/products

K9 nosework source:

k9nwsource.com

1027 Detroit Ave, Suite A

Concord CA 94518

Mt. Diable Dog Training Club, Inc. is a licensed club of the AKC.