So what is K9 Nose Work? K9 nose work was inspired by detections dogs and it is something anyone with a dog can do. You start with getting your dog to find his favorite toy or treat in one of several open boxes, as your dog improves you expand to rooms, exterior areas and cars. As your dog improves you move to target odors and you can learn competition skills.
This is a really good sport for reactive dogs because the dogs are worked one at a time. This is something I wanted to do with Abby because of her reactivity but unfortunately didn’t get the chance. Riley has been back burner boy for the last three month so to spend some quality time with him I signed us up for a intro class at Tell a Tail Dog Training in Livermore.
We started our class last night and all of the dogs were successful from the start. They set out a bunch of boxes, one having treats. The first pass they started by dropping treats in the treat box by the dog letting them eat out of the box. Once the dog got the idea about treats in the box they distracted the dog and placed the box for the dog to find. When the dog found the treat box the handler would put more treats in the box to increase the joy. Each dog did this on leash three times. The second pass they didn’t have the dogs eat out of the box to start, they placed the box and the handler let the dog off leash to find the prize, once the dog found the box with treats, again the handler would drop more treats in the box for the dog to enjoy, every dog did great!
The really great thing is you can do this at home folks! I gathered up several boxes and we practiced in our garage with Riley.
Once Riley found the treat box, more cookies! He was a happy boy.