K9 Nose Work® Classes
with Palo Alto Dog Training LLC
At Palo Alto Dog Training, we work with each dog according to his strengths, and proceed at his own pace. We keep the enterprising dogs challenged and excited, while supporting dogs that may have environmental sensitivities with more accessible, confidence-building searches.
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I accept dogs of any age or physical condition, from puppy to senior. In our Nose Work classes, each dog takes a turn, while the other dogs wait patiently in their crates or vehicles. Therefore, dog-reactive dogs are welcome. I will evaluate dogs who are fearful of people on a case-by-case basis.
Each dog must be able to stay in a crate or the owner’s vehicle during class, except when doing his/her own searches (I can assist in helping your dog adapt to a crate if that is a problem).
K9 Nose Work Classes: Sign up today to unleash your dog’s scenting abilities!
From the first class, your dog will enjoy success in nose work with exercises set up to motivate her to find a treat or toy. Using reward-based training, your dog will learn to focus on finding her toy or treats in search boxes located throughout the training room, in spite of distractions. In addition, by carefully observing our dogs, you’ll learn how scent travels through the room.
Prerequisite: Your dog must be able to stay in a crate or your car for parts of each class. No other obedience or specialized training of any kind is required to get started.
Building on the successes achieved in Introduction to Nose Work, your dog will continue to explore the excitement of nose work, by moving out of doors. Using reward-based training, your dog will learn to search while in the more distracting outdoor environment. In addition, careful observation of our dogs will teach us how scent travels outdoors, under varying conditions.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Nose Work, or approval of instructor.
Building on the successes achieved in previous classes, your dog will be introduced to the scent of birch oil. You continue to learn how odor moves through the environment, and your dog will be challenged with more difficult searches and more distracting environments. We will all be learning from each dog’s searching styles and patterns.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Vehicles and Exteriors, or approval of instructor.
Building on the successes achieved in previous classes, we will expose your dog to new challenges in pursuit of scent. Puzzles will include converging odor, lingering odor, larger search area, more challenging hides, and more distracting environments. On the human side, we will continue to learn how scent travels, how to read our dogs as they search, and how to manage our dogs through the search area.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Odor, or approval of instructor.
West Coast Nose Work Camp
(Nose Work Camp is not sponsored by or connected to Palo Alto Dog Training LLC. But we, and our dogs, love attending and participating!)
K9 Nose Work Training Camps are hosted by Dogs of Course. The next "West Coast" Camp will be October 8-14, 2018, in Colorado.
CNCA/NACSW Joint Symposium
(This Symposium is not sponsored by or connected to Palo Alto Dog Training LLC. But we attend every year, and learn so much every time!)
"The National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC in partnership with California Narcotic Canine Association presents our third annual educational event. Join NACSW & CNCA for this unique opportunity. We are partnering for a joint symposium featuring key presenters from the professional detection and K9 Nose Work® communities."
K9 Nose Work Trials in California and Nevada
(These Trials are not sponsored by or connected to Palo Alto Dog Training LLC. If you'd like to participate, we'll help you prepare.
If you'd like to volunteer, no experience is necessary. The demand for Trials is outstripping the pool of existing volunteers. Without volunteers, more Trials cannot be held. We highly recommend that you volunteer. In addition to helping the Nose Work community, it is fun. You get free food. You get to hang out with Nose Work enthusiasts and make new friends. It is a terrific learning opportunity that is completely free. If you intend to compete, or are already competing, you should volunteer at a Trial at every opportunity.
December 2-3, 2017: NW1, and L1-C and L2-C Trials. Piru, hosted by Pink Biscuit K9s. Entries open October 5, 2017 at 9AM Pacific Time.
December 17-18, 2017: Elite Trials. Healdsburg, hosted by Pawsitive Results. Entries open October 2, 2017 at 9AM Pacific Time.
December 29-30, 2017: NW2 and Elite Trials. Orange, hosted by Agile Paws Dogs Sports. Entries open October 30, 2017 at 9AM Pacific Time.
January 26-27, 2018: L1-E, L1-V, and Elite Trials. Woodland Hills, hosted by Pink Biscuit K9s. Entries open December 4, 2017 at 9AM Pacific Time.
February 24-25, 2018: NW3 Trials. Livermore, hosted by Tell a Tail Dog Training. Entries open December 14 at 9AM Pacific Time.
March 3-4, 2018: NW1 & NW2 Trials. Weimar, hosted by Haute Dawgs Agility Group. Entry date will be posted when available.
April 5-6, 2018: Elite, L1-E, L1-I Trials. Huntington Beach, hosted by Java K9s. Entries open January 31, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.
June 9-10, 2018: NW2, L1C and L1I Trials. Wrightwood, hosted by Java K9s. Entry date will be posted when available.
ORTs (Odor Recognition Tests) in California and Nevada
(These ORTs are not sponsored by or connected to Palo Alto Dog Training LLC. If you'd like to participate, we'll help you prepare. If you'd like to volunteer, no experience is necessary.)
February 25, 2018: Escondido. Hosted by ÜberDog. All 3 odors will be tested. For more information, contact Jessica Koester at firstname.lastname@example.org.