Nose Work is a fun scenting sport for pet dogs. It can be pursued as simply a fun activity for dogs and handlers or one can also earn Nose Work titles, if desired. SoÂ “Where are Nose Work training classes found”? Â Well, you don’t have to look any further for the best than at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.
Nose Work training mimics how police and military scent detection dogs are trained. And, as a former Police K9 Officer I bring my skills and experience to Michigan Dog Training (MDT) Nose Work classes to turn out top notch sniffers. We also have lots of fun while training.
Follow along and watch Jelly, a Beagle search for Q-Tips scented with Anise, Clove, and Birch oils and hidden in outdoor locations. The first hide is in plain sight but it’s a challenging problem for Jelly to navigate as it’s hidden under leaves. Â Rather than searching first with her eyes and later by her nose for containers that may contain the scent, she has to trust her nose first in order to locate the hide that is her first buried location.
After that, Jelly finds a hide underneath a vacant bird nest laying on the ground. This was more of a test of the handler than the dog because many people would’ve pulled their dog off from sniffing the bird nest. Â Many would assume Jelly was simply smelling bird scent and not Nose Work scent. Â But not, Nicole, Jelly’s handler. Â She did what we always said in Police K9 School, “Trust your dog’s nose because it knows”. And, Nicole did just that!