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Intro to K9 Nose Work®:
Searching for a new game to play with your WiggleButt? Join us for a scent-illating 6 week introduction to Nose Work. Learn to constructively engage your dog's sense of smell, cultivate natural hunting instincts, strengthen the human-canine bond, and provide appropriate mental and physical stimulation for your dog. Dogs in Nose Work class work one-at-a-time which means ANY dog can play. No previous training is required but dogs who are not working will need to be stowed quietly in your car (crated if necessary). All breeds will have a smell of a good time.
Teams who complete Intro to Nose Work and are proficient with the foundation skills can enroll in K9 NW2 - The Sequel. This course will explore advanced sniffing techniques. Teams will work to efficiently search a variety of environments as they work in all 4 elements - containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles. Dogs will learn to respond to verbal search cues and handlers will work on proper leash handling and observation skills.
Intro to Odor:
This class will introduce the first of 3 target odors. Eligible teams have completed Intro to K9 Nose Work® and K9 NW2 and have at least 6 months of practice with sniff games in all elements. Dogs will learn to recognize and search for the target odor in a variety of environments. Handlers will understand how to use and store odor, build the odor association, and recognize when dogs are at source. The last class will be a practice Odor Recognition Test (ORT).
Nose Work Class Requirements:
Dogs should be in good health to participate in these classes. Your dog:
- must have been examined by a vet within the last 12 months
- must have had DAP vaccine within the last 3 years
- must have had a recent negative stool check or received appropriate treatment from the vet
- must be free of external parasites (mites. fleas, etc.) at all times.
Vaccination against Bordetella is recommended but not required. Rabies vaccination is required if your dog is 6 months or older. If you have taken classes at WiggleButts in the last 6 months you need only provide updated health information when applicable. If you are a new sniffer or it has been more than 6 months since your last class please work with your veterinarian to complete the health certification form or bring copies of receipts from your vet showing appropriate information.
Nose Work classes meet once a week for 6 weeks and last 60 minutes. There are 6 spaces available in each session. Please check the schedule for current class dates and times.
If you and your dog are interested in a Nose Work class you can register by mail. Please print and fill out the registration form and send it in with the registration fee. Health certification can be mailed with your registration or brought to the first class. Your registration form and fees need to be received to guarantee your place. We cannot hold a space for you without your registration and payment.
The fee for Nose Work classes is $150. Cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to the first class of the session will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between 48 hours prior to the first class and the first class of the session will receive a 50% refund. No refunds of class fees will be given once a session begins. There is a $35 fee for returned checks.
If you need to miss a class for any reason, try to have another family member bring the pup to class. There are no refunds or discounts for missed classes. If a class is cancelled due to inclement weather or for any other reason, a make-up class will be scheduled.
WiggleButts is excited to announce the addition of group classes beginning September 2012. We will share training space with Hero Dogs, located in Laytonsville, MD. Please use the following class descriptions to help you select the best classes for you and your WiggleButt.