K9 Nose Work
K9 Nose Work Program
Looking for a fun way to spend time with your dog? Try K9 Nose Work! Modeled after training used for professional detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is a mentally stimulating enrichment activity that almost any dog can do. K9 Nose Work can help hyperactive dogs burn off extra energy appropriately. It can also help nervous, shy and sensitive dogs build confidence. As you and your dog progress, you can continue the fun by teaching your dog to search for specific odors. We offer group training classes and private training options.
Because dogs are brought in one at a time, this is a great option for shy dogs, reactive dogs, or others who may not be appropriate for most group classes.
Don’t think your dog will wait patiently in a crate or your car? Contact us before signing up.
If your dog is sensitive to new people or environments, please let the instructor know at the start of class.
Rachael Davis, CPDT-KA, ANWI
Oregon Humane Society – Manners Hall
1067 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
- Dogs must be four months or older.
- Dogs must be people friendly.
- Your dog must be current on vaccinations appropriate for their age – Da2pp and Rabies required, Bordetella recommended.
- Your dog must be spayed or neutered (for dog under six months of age, the spay/neuter requirement is waived).
- Dogs should be free of any symptoms of illness: no coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.
During this six-week, introductory level group class, your dog will use her nose to search for something she already loves – like cheese or a favorite toy. You’ll learn how to read your dog’s body language and improve your handling skills. In each 60 to 90 minute class, your dog will get to practice searching three or four times. Between turns, your dog will rest in a crate or in your car while you watch the other participants search. Dogs attend all six weeks of class. Please fill out our K9 Nose Work Pre-class Questionnaire before your first class.
Sundays, April 1 – May 13, 2018, 10:30 – 12 pm (no class April 29) Sign up now!
Have you and your dog attended an Intro to K9 Nose Work class? When they come into a room and see boxes do they instantly know it’s time to search? If so, your dog might be ready to progress to the next level! During this six-week, intermediate level class, we’ll transition your dog from hunting for food or toys to searching for specific odors (birch, anise and clove). We’ll also help them continue to build and expand on the foundation of their scent detection training. In each 60 to 90 minute class, your dog will get to practice searching three or four times. Between turns, your dog will rest in a crate in a separate room or in your car while you watch the other participants search. Dogs attend all six weeks of class.
You must complete an Intro to K9 Nose Work class before attending this class. If you attended an entry level Intro to K9 Nose Work class somewhere else, please send us a completed K9 Nose Work Pre-Class Questionnaire before your class begins.
Interested in being notified when our next group class is scheduled? Let us know!
Private Training Options
K9 Nose Work Introduction – $75 for one hour
Choose this option if you’re just starting out with K9 Nose Work. You’ll learn more about the sport and your dog will learn how to use her nose to search for something she loves – like treats or toys. Please send us a completed K9 Nose Work Pre-Class Questionnaire before your appointment.
K9 Nose Work Continued Practice – $37.50 for 30 minutes
This option is for those who have attended a class or met with Rachael one-on-one for an introduction to K9 Nose Work. Continue work with your dog’s primary reward or move on to odor – each session will be customized for your dog.
K9 Nose Work Multi-Dog Practice
Do you have a multi-dog household and want to start all your dogs on Nose Work? Whether you’re just starting out or want more practice, choose this option if you’d like to bring 2 or 3 dogs to your session. Each of your dogs will get the opportunity to practice while your other dog(s) rest in a crate or your car. Be sure to note how many and the names of each dog you’ll be bringing along when you schedule your appointment. You’ll also need to fill out our K9 Nose Work Pre-Class Questionnaire for each dog you plan to bring to your session.
If you can’t find an appointment time that works for you, contact us.
Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Thank you!