If you’ve been reading Something Wagging This Way Comes for a while, you know that Honey has been taking a K9 nose work class at the local SPCA. I’ve written about it here, here, here, and here (or search for “K9 Nose Work” in the search section of the sidebar to see the titles and posts in one place). We’ve really enjoyed it and are sorry to come to the end of the six week introductory class.
Our workshop has only been the teeniest introduction to an activity that can lead to sporting competitions, tracking, and even canine detection. But as our instructor said, if your dog never does anything besides sniff out treats, she’ll be happy.
I’m no expert and I don’t know much about the physiology of scent. But I think nose work is a great game to play with your dogs–especially if you’re finding it tough to get outside in the winter weather (Australians, I guess you’ll just have to wait until your winter if you need an excuse to work indoors).
I’ve posted the first tutorial on a new page. I’ll continue to add tutorials that reflect what our class did over the six weeks and post here to let you know when they’re available.
If you want to print this out for reference, you can either visit the page and click the email button at the bottom to send it to yourself. Then print out the email. Or if you want something more spiffy looking and easier to read, click the joliprint button. That will cause the text to be saved as a PDF which you can then print out.
Once again, I’m at the frontier of my technical knowledge. If you’d like to print out the PDF* and have problems, send me an email at somethingwagging(at)gmail(dot)com (substituting the “@” symbol for “at” and a period for “dot”). I’ll be happy to send you a PDF that way.
Please let me know what you think. If you already do a form of nose work with your dog, please add your suggestions or corrections to what I’ve written. And if you’re reading this from my part of the world, a new nose work class is starting soon at the SPCA. Give it a try.
*PDF stands for Portable Document File. It’s a file that can be read by any computer without formatting problems.