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K9 Nosework Classes

Does your dog need more exercise? Does he need more confidence? Does he just need a job? This class will teach you how to encourage and develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using his desire to hunt and his love of food, toys, and exercise.   It is a perfect course for dogs to have fun, build confidence and focus, and burn lots of mental and physical energy, even when it’s too cold or rainy to venture outside because nosework can be taught and practiced indoors with minimal space and equipment needs.

The sport also brings special benefits for dogs with issues such as lack of confidence or focus, being overly-reactive around other dogs and/or people, dogs convalescing from medical problems or living with disabilities (hearing or sight impairment, loss of a limb), generalized social or situational anxiety preventing them from joining a typical group training class, and retired conformation, competition, service, or working dogs in need of a job to keep them busy and happy. Max 8 per class.

Dogs of all breeds, ages, and abilities are welcome – from the young unfocused puppy to the elderly dog no longer able participate in long walks or rough-and-tumble dog play at the park – all will be successful and have fun. Owners, too!  No dog training experience is necessary.

The class instructor is Georgia Edwards, CNWI/National Association of Canine Scent Work, who may be reached at 360-579-1030 or emailed at k9nosework@whidbey.net.

For more information, go to www.caninenosework.com.

Click here to read an Everett Herald news article about the sport of K9 Nosework.

K9 Nosework Classes

NW2A (Intro to Odor):
Dates/Time: Wed, Jul 12 - Aug 16 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Fee: $150*

NW2B (Working with Odor):
Dates/Time: Wed, Jul 12 - Aug 16 | 10:00am -11:30am
OR Sun, Jul 9 - Aug 13 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fee: $150*

NW2B+ (More Working w/ Odor):
Dates/Time: Sun, Jul 9 - Aug 13 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
OR Wed, Jul 12 - Aug 16 | Noon - 1:30pm
Fee: $150*

NW3 (Continuing Nosework):
Dates/Time: Sun, Jul 9 - Aug 13 | 10:00am - 11:30am
OR Wed, Jul 12 - Aug 16 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fee: $150*

* Additional $10 materials fee paid directly to instructor at class

All classes meet at Community Park Crow's Nest (above the concession stand), 5495 Maxwelton Rd, Langley

Private Lessons (NW-PL)

Private lessons can be arranged with the instructor. If you want to “sample” nosework to decide if it is the right training venue for
your dog before enrolling in a class or if you are already training with your dog and want to brush up on a particular skill or work to master a training problem, contact Georgia directly to arrange time and place.
By appointment, $25/dog per hour.

Items to Bring to Nosework Class

  1. Hungry & motivated dog – skip breakfast on the day of class or give only half of the usual meal. If you have a high-energy dog, please don’t burn them out with a long hike or play session before class.
  2. Your dog’s favorite, high-value treats; bring a few different kinds. Please avoid crumbly or crunchy cookie-type treats.
  3. Treat pouch or bait bag in which to put the food – no plastic baggies.
  4. Harness or buckle or martingale collar that is used ONLY for Nosework.  We recommend the Ezydog Quick- fit harness, available at Healthy Pet in Freeland (10% discount for SWPRD Nosework students) and on-line (www.ezydog.com). No slip or pinch collars, head halters, or easy-walk/no-jump harnesses.
  5. Leash (6 foot, leather or nylon). Please remove all dangling items (dog waste holders, charms, etc.) so as to not distract the dog.
  6. Comfortable bed or crate in your car for dog to rest when not working.
  7. Fresh drinking water & bowl.
  8. Dog waste bags for clean-up.
  9. Proof of vaccinations against rabies, parvo, bordatella (kennel cough) and distemper. Your vet can fax vaccination records to (360) 579-1040 prior to first class, or you can bring vet records with you. Rabies “collar tags” are not sufficient.

Instructor:

Georgia Edwards, CNWI, Canine CV
A physician by profession, Georgia has been involved in training, breeding, and competition sports with Bouvier des Flanders dogs for more than 20 years. She is certified as a canine nosework instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work, the only sanctioning and titling organization for the sport. Her current dog, Hawkeye, is the only Bouvier des Flandres in the world with a nosework title; he will be one of the nosework "demo dogs" at the Seattle Kennel Club show in March 2012.  For many years in Southern California, she and her dogs participated in the “Meet the Breed” programs, introducing the Bouvier des Flanders to the public at dog shows, including the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships.
Georgia has taught agility and carting classes and seminars and written articles for the Southern California Bouvier des Flandres Club, the Pacific Gateway Working Bouvier Club, and the North American Working Bouvier Association. She is certified as a canine nosework instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work, the only sanctioning and titling organization for the sport. Her current dog, Hawkeye, is the first, and currently the only, Bouvier des Flandres in the world with a nosework title; he has been one of the nosework "demo dogs" at the Seattle Kennel Club shows for several years. 
Georgia can be contacted through email at k9nosework@whidbey.net or at 360-579-1030. Click here to view the interview with Georgia Edwards.



 

 

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