Foundation Class Descriptions

Session 1: INTRO TO NOSE WORK  (S1)

 

In this first session of classes, we introduce you and your dog to the scenting game by using your dog’s choice of motivator- whether it’s high value treats or a high value toy. Your dog is taught to search boxes for his high value motivator. We then add some challenges and more fun to the game including adding a multitude of objects and varying heights. This series of classes are held indoors. This session of foundation classes is what we build on to hone your dog’s searching skills.

 

PREREQUISITE: Meet Class Prerequisites only

Session 2: INTERMEDIATE NOSE WORK  (S2)

 

Session 2, Intermediate Nose Work, continues to strengthen your dog’s searching skills by building on the foundation started in Introduction to Nose Work.  The stronger your dog’s skills are at this level, the easier it will be to transition to an odor and the more success your dog will have if you intend to compete. If your dog is faced with searches that are too challenging at higher levels of nose work, bringing him back to the base exercises taught during the Sessions 1 & 2 foundation work will give him the self-confidence and motivation to move forward and be successful. This session of classes will also introduce the dogs to bringing the search game outdoors to exterior searches.

 

PREREQUISITE: Class prerequisites and Completion of S1 or instructor approval

Session 3: INTRO TO ODOR  (S3)

This session advances your dog’s scent discrimination skills taught in both of the previous sessions. Dogs are taught to identify birch, a natural essential oil. We go back to the foundation work but using the scent as the target search objective and continuing to strengthen the foundation skills but will be adding vehicle searches, weather permitting.

 

PREREQUISITE: Class prerequisites and Completion of S1 & S2 or instructor approval

Session 4: INTERMEDIATE ODOR  (S4)

As your dog’s scent discrimination skills sharpen, we start focusing on exterior and vehicle searches, weather permitting. Additionally, we introduce techniques and tactics for building dog/handler teamwork. We will also start to prepare your dog for passing the birch Odor Recognition Test (ORT) which is necessary to compete in K9 Nose Work trials.

PREREQUISITE: Class prerequisites and completion of S1 through S3 or instructor approval

Session 5: CONTINUING NOSE WORK  (S5)

After completing the first four sessions, we will continue to develop handler skills to strengthen teamwork and we will increase the level of difficulty of searches to challenge and hone your dog’s skills. We will focus on exercises to help the handler more precisely read your dog and assist the dog in alerting with better precision. We will work on teaching the dogs to search multiple vehicles

 

PREREQUISITE: Class prerequisites and completion of S1 through S4 or instructor approval

Session 6: ADVANCED NOSE WORK  (S6)

During this session, we will introduce the dogs to the second and third target odors used in K9 Nose Work® trials Levels 2 & 3- anise and clove. We will also introduce the dogs to food and toy distractors in containers and luggage and more challenging exterior work.

 

PREREQUISITE: Class prerequisites and completion of S1 through S5 or instructor approval

DROP-IN CLASSES

After completing the first four sessions, we will continue to develop handler skills to strengthen teamwork and we will increase the level of difficulty of searches to challenge and hone your dog’s skills. We will focus on exercises to help the handler more precisely read your dog and assist the dog in alerting with better precision. We will work on teaching the dogs to search multiple vehicles

 

PREREQUISITE: Class prerequisites and completion of S1 through S4 or instructor approval

Rosana C. Dropkin, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Sunshine K9s LLC
845.750.7036
Ro.SunshineK9s@gmail.com
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