Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and nose work is a great way to let them use it and have fun at the same time! Plus they get to be in charge and you will learn to read your dog’s response when they find the scent (aka their ‘alert’ to you). Our introduction to nose work private in-home training will be conducted over two 1 hour sessions held in your home at a date and time convenient for you. All that is needed is a quiet space with no interruptions or distractions (i.e. no other people or pets can be present).
Training sessions will be aimed at teaching your dog to recognize, find and stay at the scent regardless of the distractions in the area. A strong drive to find the odour, and an equally strong desire to commit to it once found is important, particularly if you choose to continue on to compete.
As with all Pooch Partners’ training, we will use all positive training methods to shape the desired behaviour, using food as a reward, NOT the scent they are searching for. You dog will quickly learn that finding the scent and staying at it no matter what the distractions is what gains them the reward. This is the goal of our first session, after which you will have a week to practice and reinforce the behaviour. At the second session we will work to have your dog able to search multiple containers and find the hidden scent, and from there you can decide whether you want to continue to pursue additional training, competition or just do simple searches at home as a fun game for you and your dog.
Cost includes a simple scent kit to get you started in the sport. Please note that mileage fee will apply for travel beyond 20 km return trip.