Nose Work, also known as Scent Work, is the latest recreational sport that is fast growing in popularity with pet owners and dog sport enthusiasts. Many pet dogs today were bred to work for their human companions as retrievers, guards, or managing livestock. The fact is that these dogs need a job to do, if not they can become “self employed”; often in ways we’d rather they not-barking, digging, chewing.
Some of the benefits of nose work are:
- Low impact exercise-senior and physically challenged dogs can be safely exercised.
- Powerful mental stimulation and enrichment = one truly exhausted dog, less energy for trouble making.
- Time saver-cuts back on the amount of time needed to tire your dog. A 15 minute session of scenting can equate to a 4 mile mountain hike!
- Minimal cost to get started, no expensive equipment necessary.
- Regularly recommended in combination with other behavior modification in dogs with environmental sensitivities, fear of people, dog reactivity, and anxiety.
In Nose Work, dogs are taught to locate a target odor in four different elements mimicking professional detection dogs. Classes cover all the elements of NACSW Nose Work as well as the exciting new AKC Scent Work.
No one is more passionate about nose work than Allison, and it shows. She has been teaching nose work to pet dogs and their people since 2011, and regularly attends advanced scent work education. She’s an experienced nose work competitor, titling her shy rescue mixed-breed dog at K9 Nose Work levels NW1, NW2 & NW3, and her newest dog at the AKC Scent Work trials. Her students are also successfully competing and titling at the top levels. Allison doesn’t believe in any one system and adapts her methodology to the most effective style based on her assessment of the handler and dog team. Check out her scent work education and experience on our About Us page. Whether your goals are achieving titles, building your dog’s confidence, or to just have a fun and bonding experience with your dog, Foothills Canine Academy classes or privates will get you there.
Contact us to register for class and join the fun.
Nose Work Class Schedule
Nose Work Foundations Class
This class will focus on building a strong scent work foundation skills for dog and handler. For shy dogs, we will help build their confidence and enthusiasm for the hunt. For others, we’ll introduce them to the competition odors of Birch, Anise and Clove. Class is 6 sessions for $160 and includes a starter odor kit (instructor Allison Andrews, CPDT-KA). There are no make up classes.
GREENVILLE: Classes held at 726-G Lowndes Hill Rd., Greenville. Register now, space is limited (existing clients can email Allison).
Tuesdays 10:00AM. Class runs 1/16-2/20.
Wednesdays 6:30PM. Class runs 1/17-2/21.
ASHEVILLE: Classes held at Asheville Humane Society. To sign up for the wait list for future classes: Asheville Registration.
Sundays @ 3pm and 4:30pm. Class begins 1/21.
Level 2 Class – Introduction to Exteriors and Vehicles
For teams that have completed two sessions of Foundations Class and are searching for Birch, Anise and Clove. Class will cover teaching your dog to focus in new environments, building odor obedience, as well as introduce vehicle searches. Cost is $160, class runs for 6 weeks.
Thursdays @ 6:30pm. Class runs 1/18-2/22.
Nose Work Advanced Classes.
For teams preparing for AKC Scent Work Novice-Advanced or NACSW NW1-NW2. These classes are 6-sessions. Cost is $160, class runs for 6 weeks.
Monday 6:30PM. Class runs 1/15-2/19.
Tuesday 6:30PM. Class runs 1/16-2/20.
ASHEVILLE Sunday 6:00PM. Classes begin 1/21.
Nose Work Masters Classes.
For teams preparing for AKC Scent Work Excellent+ or NACSW NW3+. These classes are 6-sessions. Cost is $160, class runs for 6 weeks.
Thursday 10:00AM. Class runs 1/18-2/22.
For Foothills Canine Academy teams preparing for all levels of AKC Scent Work or NACSW or UKC Nose Work. Advanced registration required. Because classes might be held in public locations, sessions might not be appropriate for some dogs.
SEARCH SESSIONS. Trial type searches, blind hides with instructor feedback after each search.
Coming back in February…..
INTERIORS WORKSHOP. Held at a camp location, this will be a full day of working interior searches. We will work aged hides including: Thresholds, converging odor and BLANK rooms! There will be Novice and Advanced levels.
TBD. Cost: $90-130, lunch and snacks included.
Nose Work Privates.
We now have private sessions available weekdays and some weekends at our Greenville location. One 1/2 hour session is $50 for one dog. Semi-privates, 2 or more dogs-$75/hour. This time does not include initial set up (of hides), but does include any resetting of hides.
Check out some of our students having fun with Nose Work: