From Intro to K9 Nose Work® to Continuing Odor, Agile Paws has something to offer you and your dog! First and foremost, Agile Paws Dog Sports offers nose work classes taught by an official NACSW™ Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI).
- Just getting started? Join an Intro to K9 Nose Work® class.
- Already on all three odors, getting ready to compete or already competing? Come to a drop in Continuing Odor class. We focus on building skills, observational strategies and environmental sensitivities. On a regular basis, classes or field trips are held in different locations in the greater Rancho Cucamonga and Upland areas.
Intro to K9 Nose Work®
In Intro to K9 Nose Work®, we work on building your dog’s hunt drive, confidence and independence. A happy, confident hunter is the foundation of nose work. This is where we really give the dogs permission to use their nose and start to build a strong base. In this course we evaluate the dogs environmental sensitivity (noises, crowds etc) and create and practice plans to work through those sensitivities.
One of the philosophies of K9 Nose Work® is to allow dog reactive dogs an opportunity to play. Additionally, dogs need to feel safe before they are willing to hunt. Class is not doggy social hour. There are no dog to dog interactions and only one dog is out working at a time. When not working, dogs are to be crated (there is shade in the backyard) or kept in your comfortable, secure vehicle between their runs. Searching in Containers and in Interiors is introduced.
Dogs will be on primary (usually food, occasionally a toy) for this class. This is a 5-week session.
Intro to Odor
Intro to Odor as the name describes, introduces the dogs to their first odor, Birch. This class is for the dogs that have successfully completed the Intro to Nose Work class. The handlers will become more involved in the searches, while still honing their observational skills. We will continue to search in Containers and Interiors, but with the addition of odor. By the end of the session, teams are introduced to all three odors (Birch, Anise & Clove). This is a 5-week session.
For the dogs that have successfully completed Intro to Odor, we now focus on all four nose work trial Elements. Since the dogs have been working Interiors and Containers, we will add the new Elements of Vehicles and Exteriors. Handler and dog teams will also begin to focus on handling and patterns. This is a 5-week session.
Dogs that have successfully completed The Elements course, and are on all three odors or have instructor approval, may join Continuing Odor. The best part of the Continuing Odor classes is that we meet in various locations. These “field trips” work on skill building, environmental challenges, patterning, trial prep, etc. These classes are drop in and signups are posted monthly.
Practices and Mock Trials
Agile Paws Dog Sports occasionally organizes group practices and Mock Trials. Due to their popularity, these are generally limited to current Agile Paws Dog Sports students. Information about upcoming Mock Trials are sent via email.