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K-9 Scent Work

Your dog can be the best smelling dog in the neighborhood!

K9 Scent Work/Nosework is the newest urban detection-style canine sport designed for all dogs to enjoy. No prior obedience training or athletic skills are required. K9 Scent Work gives dogs a natural outlet for their instinctive behavior, builds confidence, creates focus, and helps burn physical and mental energy. Using some of the same methods used by trainers of official detection dogs, companion dogs will learn to explore with their noses and locate target scents. Owner observation and handling skills will be developed during practice searches. Fun K9 Scent Work is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes. Your dog just needs a nose and a parent to drive him to class.

Progressive Levels offered along with preparation for K9 Scent Work competition in AKC and NACSW.

Intro to Scent Games

This 4-week course builds the dogs search drive for food or toys while teaching them to problem solve with their nose. You won’t believe how fun it is to see your dogs “Aha!” moment in this low-impact sport designed for high-level mental stimulation.

Course fee 4-weeks: $195

Scent Work Games

WednesdayMarch 27th-April 17th4:15 pm

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Intro to Scent Work

This course builds off the previous, and transfers the value of toys and food to a cocktail of the three competition odors, Birch, Anise, and Clove. Dogs are progressed from imprinting these odors to being able to search for them in interior spaces

Prerequisite: Intro to Scent Games or instructor approval.

Course fee 6-weeks: $295

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NoseWork Elements

This course begins your journey as a rockstar handler! We will explore the elements you will find in competition: Interior, Exterior, Containers, Buried and Vehicles. We will break out the cocktail into its original odors and have dogs searching for each individual.

Prerequisite: Intro to Nosework or instructor approval.

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Course fee 6-weeks: $295

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Scent Work Distractions & Multiple Hides

This course prepares you for our Masters drop-in class. We teach the dog that distractions don’t pay, but our target odors pay a lot! We also teach multiple hides, and how to transition from one hide to the next without the dog going back and searching for old odor.

Prerequisite: Intro to Scent Work or instructor approval.

Course fee 6-weeks: $295

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Scent Work Distractions and Multiple Hides

WednesdayMarch 20-April 244:00 – 4:45 pm

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Masters Scent Work Drop-In

(Every other Monday) Let’s take Scent Work on the road! Dogs must have completed Distractions & Multiple Hides OR be trialing at a NW2/SWA level.

Drop In fee: $30/dog/class

Masters Scent Work Drop-In

WednesdayMay 1 to June 54:00 – 4:45 pm

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Sniff N Go

Sniff N Go is a mock Scent Work trial. It will consist of 4 searches: Interior, Exterior, Buried and Containers. Your dog must be able to search at the target level you are trialing. $35 for all 4 searches. Pets Behave clients receive a $5 discount.

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Prerequisite for all classes:

  • Current vaccinations for the age must be provided by a veterinarian.
  • These classes meet for 6 consecutive weeks, 1 hour a week. (unless otherwise noted)
  • Each course is limited to 6 dog/handler teams
  • Class must be pre-paid to reserve your place
  • Each dog will work individually during their class
  • When not working, dogs must be crated, in an x-pen, or contained in a properly ventilated vehicle (weather permitting)
  • Can include dogs who are mildly fearful of, and/or reactive toward other dogs! We create a safe environment where only one dog is working in class at a time.

Please contact us for more information.