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K9 SCENT
NOSE
WORK

 

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K9 Scent Work

OVERVIEW:

 

    What to Expect:

    • Classes are 1 hour long and meet for 6 weeks
    • Classes are limited to 6 dog/handler teams
    • Dogs will be worked individually during the class
    • When not working, dogs must be crated or contained in a properly ventilated vehicle (weather permitting)
    • Classes are a “No Obedience” Zone!
    • Great for shy, fearful and reactive dogs.
    • Builds your dog’s confidence
    • Burns off physical energy for those dogs with high energy, and mental energy for those dogs that need something to do.
       

    The Goal of These Classes:

    • During a series of sessions, your dog will be taught to search for 3 target odors- birch, anise and clove
    • Your dog will learn to search for these odors in 4 different search "elements": container searches, interior room searches, exterior area searches and vehicle searches (exterior of the vehicles only- not inside).
    • How far you go with our classes is up to you- many of my students continue to get the training to compete in trials, but many just come because they and their dogs have so much fun in class.
       

    What you’ll need to bring for class:

    • Flat collar/Harness. No pinch or choke collars.
    • 6’ Leash: Also bring a 20’ plus long line. No retractible leashes.
    • Treats: HIGH VALUE treats and toys! Bring LOTS of soft treats cut into small pieces. We recommend roasted chicken, hot dogs, liverwurst or cubed cheese. The stronger the odor the better.
    • Please DO NOT bring hard crunchy treats.
     

    SCENT CLASS OFFERINGS

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    BOREDOM BUSTER!

    LEVEL 1: INTRO TO SCENT WORK

    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.

    LOCATION:

    A Good Dog's Life Training Center,
    33 Hidden Acres Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

    COST:

    $129 FOR 6-WEEK CLASS


    DATE:

    STARTING: SUNDAY,SEPTEMBER 9TH


    TIME: 4:00-5:00pm

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    LEVEL 2: INTERMEDIATE SCENT WORK

    Continue to strengthen your dog’s searching skills by building on the foundation started in Introduction to Scent 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 scent work, bringing him back to the base exercises taught during the Levels 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.

    PRE-REQUISITE: Class prerequisites and Completion of Introduction to Scent Work or instructor approval.

    LOCATION:

    A Good Dog's Life Training Center,
    33 Hidden Acres Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

    COST:

    $129 FOR 6-WEEK CLASS

    New Classes Coming Soon!


     
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    LEVEL 3: INTRO TO ODOR

    This session advances your dog’s scent discrimination skills taught in both of the previous levels. 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: Completion of Levels 1 &2 or instructor approval

    LOCATION:

    A Good Dog's Life Training Center,
    33 Hidden Acres Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

    COST:

    $129 FOR 6-WEEK CLASS

    New Classes Coming Soon!


    FEATURED IN Whole Dog Journal

     Lezle was featured in Whole Dog Journal, VOL. 12, NO. 8. 2009

    Lezle was featured in Whole Dog Journal, VOL. 12, NO. 8. 2009