Nosework

Listed below is our upcoming NoseWork class schedule. Please visit Dogwood’s Class Information Page for more detailed information about classes and policies. Then fill out our On-Line Form to register and we will confirm by email. Class dates are subject to change, so please contact Debby for the latest information. Please take a few minutes to check out the directions on the Dogwood’s Facility page before the first night of class and feel free to call for additional directions. Please review the prerequisites for each class and read the course description of the PREREQUISITE class before enrolling.

If you believe your dog's current training meets the criteria of Dogwood’s BASIC Obedience class, you may request an evaluation to place out of the BASIC Obedience prerequisite. The evaluations are $40 and are payable in advance to the instructor doing the evaluation. Evaluations are ONLY available to place out of Basic Obedience. All other prerequisite classes must be taken via the Dogwood classes. No refunds can be made after the class has been marked FULL or the first class has been completed.

Dogwood’s Instructors have a wide range of scent work experience. Classes are fast pace with an abundance of work for all dogs!




Nosework Foundation

IMG_2271aThe sport of K9 Nose Work is designed to develop a dog’s natural ability to find specific scents.  This detection-style sport centers around a dog’s keen sense of smell and the handler’s observation and handling skills.  Dogwood’s Nosework Foundation class focuses on teaching handlers and their dogs the basic concepts of searching for scent, proper use of equipment including handling of the scents, setting up hides and other skills needed to build a successful nosework team.  Furthermore, Dogwood’s Nosework Foundation class uses a dog’s desire to hunt and their love of toys, food, and exercise to find the scent making searching for scents fun for your dog.  Although the searches vary in difficulty, they are tailored for each dog's abilities and learning capacity.  Hides are only as difficult as a dog can handle so that the dog receives frequent rewards for their success.  Unlike other nose work programs, scent is introduced right away by itself and is not paired with food.  In the experience of the Dogwood instructors, this approach reduces the dog’s confusion at the higher competitive levels when food is used as a distraction.  Dogwood’s Nosework classes are geared toward AKC and UKC competitions, and are designed for ALL dogs and handlers regardless of the dog’s previous training or age.

The Nosework Foundation Class cost $145 and run for 6 weeks for one hour each week.  Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115.  Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees (Dogwood does not except Credit Cards)

Prerequisite: Dogwood Basic Dog Obedience or equivalent  Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115

Nosework Foundation

Thursday August 3 - September 7, 2017 @ 8:15 pm Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

Nosework: Beyond Foundation 

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Once Dogwood’s Nosework Foundation Class is completed, you and your dog are ready to expand your nosework skills. “The Nosework: Beyond Foundation” class not only continues building your and your dog’s nosework skill on containers but also expands the type of container to include jars, pots, purses, backpacks, etc. Each new “container” is added in different quantities not only to address the requirements of both AKC and UKC but also to maintain a high success rate for your dog. Nosework teams also learn and practice additional new skills needed for interior, exterior, and vehicle hides while beginning to work on high and low hides. Low hide puzzles will be designed as a precursor to the AKC' s buried element.
Prerequisite: Dogwood’s Nosework Foundation or the equivalent.

Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115

Noswork Beyond Foundation  cost $145.00 and runs for 6 weeks for one hour each week.  Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees (Dogwood does not except Credit Cards).

Nosework Beyond Foundation

Thursday September 7  - October 12 @ 8:15 PM Instructors Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

 NW Expand the possibilities

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The “Nosework: Expand the Possibilities” class is geared for teams who are getting ready to trial either in UKC or AKC at any level beyond Novice as well as anyone with previous Nosework experience.  Sessions will be designed as specific problem solving challenges as well as a way to continue improving handler’skills.   Please note that this class is set up to be of variable duration throughout the year and different challenges will be introduced.  

Some of the challenges will be covered in this class are:

- Threshold hides

- Corner hides

- Building distance between you and the dog – learn to effectively use your long line

- Learn how to handle off-lead searches effectively

- Proofing and generalization

- Helping dogs develop clear alert for high hides they cannot reach

- Beginning of buried searches (AKC element)

Nosework: Expand the Possibilities costs $145 and runs for 6 weeks for one hour each week.

Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115
Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees (Dogwood does not except Credit Cards)




Nosework: Expand the possibilities

Thursday June 15 - July 27  @ 8:15 PM (No class July 20th) Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

Challenging Nosework Puzzles

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This class is designed for teams that are competing already beyond the first or second level either in UKC or AKC.  Scent puzzles and games will be designed to further expand the skills of dog/handler team while presenting situations that may be encountered in AKC or UKC trials.

Some of the topics covered will be:

- Parallel hides

- Converging odors

- Odors and/distractions in very close proximity

- Triangulation

- Games for stamina and speed

- Introduction of environmental distractions (people, noises, light, etc.)

- Buried searches progression (AKC element)

- Very high hides (up to 5 ft for AKC)

Challenging Nosework Puzzles is a 1 time.month class that costs $25.

Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115
Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees (Dogwood does not except Credit Cards)

Challenging Nosework Puzzles

Thursday TBA @ 7 PM Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala 

Sniff N Go

Sniff & Go dates

$25 per dog.

January 5th, 2017 @ 7-9pm