K9 Nosework Classes
taught by Martha Windisch, CNWI (Certified Nose Work
Clever K9 2021
Nose Work /Scent work Classes starting 6/16/21 NO CLASS 7/14 AND 7/15
Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm Advanced and Intermediate level K9 Nose Work w/ Martha Windisch CNWI starts 6/16 $145 This class is suited for dogs who are searching odor and able to search independently. The dog does not have to be trialing; but for an idea, the class is suitable for NW1 level on up to NW3 level (or AKC scent work Novice on up to Excellent) - What each dog does in class will be personalized to the level the dog is at. (Five dogs are needed to run the class; but due to covid I also have a 5 human student limit)
Thursdays 7:10-8:10 pm Mixed level K9 Nose Work w/ Martha Windisch CNWI starts 6/17 $145 This class is suited for beginner Nose Work dogs and handlers. It is a mixed level class so I will also take Intermediate and Advanced dogs. The class is suitable for NW1 level on up to NW2 level (or AKC scent work Novice on up to Advanced) - What each dog does in class will be personalized to the level the dog is at. (Five dogs are needed to run the class; but due to covid I also have a 5 human student limit) .
K9 Nose Work private ½-hour private lessons for any level of Nose Work or AKC scent work. Same dates as listed for Wednesday and Thursday classes.
Wednesday time slots 11:00-11:30, 11:40-12:10, 12:20-12:50. Thursday time slots 6:30-7:00, 8:20-8:50 and 9:00-9:30 pm . Privates are $40 per 1/2 hour session - register for the slot by the Monday prior by emailing me at mwindisch2 @Verizon.net. Pay me cash or check at the beginning of the lesson.
Note: I’m also able to combine two adjacent time slots on Wednesdays for private obedience and behavior training. At those times, I can also give therapy dog lessons and work with people who are training service dogs as long as the dog is suited for/qualifies for the work.
Taught by Martha Windisch CPDT-KA; methods are dog-friendly, family-friendly, and
scientifically-based. I support a LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) approach to
training. I’ve studied operant conditioning using positive reinforcement with world-
renowned animal trainers Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody. I remain up-to-date with
continuing education units for working with anxious and/or excitable canines.
What is K9 Nose Work?
K9 Nose Work is a new, exciting, detection-style sport that develops dogs’ natural scenting
abilities by using their curiosity, desire to hunt, and their love of toys, food and exercise. K9
Nose Work was developed in California by Amy Herot, Jill Marie O’Brien and Ron Gaunt. The
founders have experience in training detection dogs for narcotics and explosives. To find
more about K9 Nose Work visit www.k9nosework.com
Where can my dog learn and practice K9 Nose Work?
The sport of K9 Nose Work includes fun nose work classes that are spreading from California
to other parts of the country including the east coast. K9 Nose Work classes are currently
being offered at Clever K9. The classes range from Introduction to Nose Work, to
Introduction to Odor, to various levels of advanced Nose Work including container searches,
vehicle searches, interior searches and exterior searches.
Why get involved in K9 Nose Work? Are there K9 Nose Work titles?
K9 Nose Work is a great sport for your dog because it requires no prior training or skills and
is relatively easy to teach your dog, only requires mild physical demands on you and your
dog, gives your dog tons of mental stimulation, is suitable for both confident and timid dogs
as well as high-energy and low-energy dogs and can be practiced at home and in urban
settings. Some get involved with K9 Nose Work just for the fun of it and others like the fun,
but also are interested in competition and earning titles.
If you are interested in finding out about the requirements for K9 Nose Work competitions
and titling visit the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) at www.nacsw.net.
The NACSW is the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of K9 Nose Work.
What type of dogs would like and/or benefit from K9 Nose Work?
K9 Nose Work is great for extremely high drive dogs as a way to use up some of their excess
energy. K9 Nose Work is also good for dogs that need some encouragement to investigate
using their noses; nose work classes can be a great confidence-builder for these dogs.
Because dogs get to work one at a time, dogs that are shy or fearful, unfocused or
unmotivated, or reactive with other dogs are able to participate.
How do you train a dog for K9 Nose Work?
Teaching nose work to dogs begins with a hide-n-seek game involving cardboard boxes and
treats. Both dogs and their owners love nose work because it allows a dog to use his or her
natural hunting instinct – it lets the dog be a dog and it lets the handler learn about scent
from the dog. Co-founder Ron Gaunt emphasizes, “We don’t teach the dogs anything about
nose work, we’re just the tour guides.”
As training for K9 Nose Work advances, dogs get to use their remarkable scenting abilities to
find the level 1 odor of birch, then the level 2 odor of anise, and finally the level 3 odor of
clove. First, the dogs learn to seek the scent in cardboard boxes and then they move on to
interior searches, exterior searches and vehicle searches. The scent-searching game also
involves it being hidden at various heights.
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