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what is nose work/
scent work?

Best of all, nose work is FUN because it taps into your dog’s natural hunting and scenting abilities. Dogs are born knowing how to use their noses; it is not something that we need to teach. We can, however, build their desire and motivation to hunt by positively rewarding these natural abilities with things that your dog loves.

 

This methodology builds broad and solid foundational scent detection skills that enables them to successfully face new and greater challenges in nose/scent work. It develops confidence, problem solving skills, empowerment and independence.  At the same time, it provides mental and physical stimulation as well as therapeutic health and relationship bonding between dogs and humans which is why it is also so fantastic for reactive and anxious dogs.

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nose work / scent work services

introduction
to nose work

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intro to nose work

NOSEWORK - “Fun Party Chicken in a Box Game”

This game is the foundation for building confidence, search skill and a strong connection to hunt.  The Nosework box game as it is called (aka “Chicken in a Box”) comes to us from the founders of K9 Nose Work® who have designed a specific training methodology for teaching scent work to dogs that focusses on putting the dog in control of the game.  Best of all it teaches handler observation skills as it builds a beautiful bond with dog and handler teams.

 

We start with your dog’s most absolutely crazy food (or toy) and a range of different sized boxes and progress, at the dog’s pace, to more complex puzzles and environmental objects.

4 week course: a combination of online and/or face-to-face sessions - $140

Class size:  6 sniffers all working individually
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Nose work & Enrichment Games

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exercise & mental stimulation

Nose Work, Find It and Enrichment games are a great mental workout for puppies and adult dogs alike. for dogs who have lots of excess energy, these fun games will give them a job to do, help reduce arousal, provide a mutually exclusive game instead of puppy biting. Studies have shown that these types of games release feel good endorphins that promote calming and relaxation.  

Over the course we introduce enrichment obstacles appropriate to puppy’s age that can be set up in small spaces inside and outside the home with lots of options for DIY enrichment toys.  Other enrichment may include snuffle mats, lickety mats, food puzzles etc.

4 week course:  combination of online and/or face-to-face sessions - $140
 
Class size:  6 sniffers all working individually
 
Private session: $120 per hour plus travel
 

Nose work Therapy

 

introduction to scent work

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nose work to help behaviour issues

Nose Work Therapy sessions are suitable for shy, anxious, fearful, reactive dogs.  We focus on the “Fun Party Chicken in a Box” game of K9 Nose Work® methodology because activities that have been limited or stressful previously are now an absolute joy as we help dogs tap into their natural hunting instinct by giving them choices over their environment as they solve a range of scent puzzles.  

 

All dogs work one at a time and will not see another dog in the search area.  They will need to be safety secured and/or crated or in a vehicle which ensures safety for reactive dogs.  Therapeutic benefits of nose work (scent work).

Private session: $120 per hour plus travel fee.  Ongoing packages negotiated.
 
4 week course:  combination of online and/or face-to-face sessions - $140
Class size:  6 sniffers all working individually

Birch, Anise, Clove & CYPRESS Odours

Suitability:  Dog and Handler teams that have completed the pre-requisite Introduction to Nose Work or have undertaken other training.  Enquiries are welcome from other teams that have already been training on target odours.

 

This is the exciting part of the game as dogs are introduced to their first target odour Birch. 

Handlers will learn about handling and storage of odour, building a strong commitment to searching and finding odour, alerts/final response, reward placement and timing, handling skills and enhanced relationship as teams learn how to interpret their dog’s body language/change of behaviour (COB) as they work scent. 

 

Elements include interiors, exteriors and containers.  Handlers will also be required to complete a theory component to learn about scent dynamics.  This course also prepares teams to work towards competing in ANKC or ACSW scent work trials if desired.  

 

6 week course:  sessions may include a combination of online and/or face-to-face sessions - $210
 
Class size:  6 sniffers all working individually
 
Scent Kits: $35 each odour
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scent work Skill Building

Pre-requisite:  Introduction to Nose Work and/or Introduction to Scent Work

Suitability:   Dog and Handler teams that have completed the pre-requisites or have been deemed suitable.  Enquiries are welcome from other teams that have already been training on target odours.

 

Skill Building sessions are suitable for teams that have completed Introduction to Odour.  They build on the concept of searching for Birch by adding in new novel odours such as Anise, Clove and Cypress.  Sessions will cater for varying skills levels and concepts such as hide placement, thresholds, corners, multiple hides, converging odour, elevated hides, suspended hides, inaccessible hides, blank areas, blind searches, distractors, alert/final response, advanced handler techniques, etc. 

 

Elements include Interiors, Exteriors, Containers and Vehicles.  These sessions also prepare teams to work towards competing in ANKC or ACSW scent work trials if desired.  

6 week sniffer pass (recommended): $200
Single session: $35 
Scent Kits: $35 each odour
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Scent Sniffaris

 
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put those skills to work in the real world

These classes are suitable for advanced teams with dogs on all four target odours and experience with interiors, exteriors, containers and vehicles.

 

Fun, new environments will enable teams to build advanced skills with a range of environmental challenges suitable for competition or maintenance of skills.  

6 week sniffer pass (recommended): $200

Single session: $35 

Nose work/SCENT WORK workshops

 

Workshops are available by request for groups tailored to suit. 

 

Price on application.  

 

Workshops available for Rescue Organisations at no cost.

 

We love hosting amazing scent work experts so you can learn too.  We will post upcoming workshops here.  

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Private nose work sessions

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Prefer to meet 1:1?

Private nose work/scent work sessions are well suited for dogs that are anxious, shy, reactive or have behavioural issues and would like to start in the home environment, or for those that prefer in-home sessions.

Private session: $120 per hour plus travel fee.  Ongoing packages negotiated.
 

Scent Work Trial Prep

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IS YOUR DOG READY FOR A SCENT WORK TRIAL? 

Get ready to earn ribbons and titles for the new Scent Work Dog Sport   Private, group or workshop skill sessions tailored to suit dog and handler teams in order to prepare for Scent Work Trials and Odour Recognition Trials (ORT) for ANKC or ACSW.

 

Concepts may include distractions, multiple hides, converging odour, inaccessible hides, alert/final response, reading your dog’s change of behaviour, alert/final response and handler nerves.  Dogs need to be on the target odour/s for the respective trial they are entering. 

Price upon request

NOVICE SCENT WORK TRIALS

Advanced SCENT WORK TRIALS

Online Nose Work & Enrichment

 

Puppy & Adult Dog Nose Work & Enrichment 

Do you have a puppy or dog with excess energy?

Nose Work, Find It and Enrichment games are a great mental workout for puppies and adult dogs alike.  For dogs who have lots of excess energy, these fun games will give them a job to do, help reduce arousal, provide a mutually exclusive game instead of puppy biting. Studies have shown that these types of games release feel good endorphins that promote calming and relaxation.  

 

It starts with the “Chicken in a Box Game” as well as introducing enrichment obstacles courses appropriate to puppy’s age that can be set up in small spaces in the home inside or out using recycled items in the home or DIY enrichment toys.  Other items may include snuffle mats, lickety mats, food puzzles etc.

3-week course: $105. 
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