CLASSES CURRENTLY ON HIATUS

Do you ever find that your dog has trouble dealing with distractions in a new place?  Have you started working toward your NW2 or AKC Advanced only to find yourself worried about those pesky intentional distractions?  This is a class for teams of all levels who are already working odor and want to work their dog around a variety of new distractions, while developing an understanding of how to deal with the challenges they can present, both in training and in competition.


Dogs work one at a time, so must be able to be crated quietly (we provide crates) or kept in your car between runs.


Novice & Advanced Handler Scent for AKC Scent Work Searches.  AKC has added a non-odor division to their program, in order to mimic Search and Rescue detection.  The basic premise is similar to searching Scent Articles in OB, but with a twist.  We'll work from start to finish on training this behavior.  Approved Scent Articles for Novice and Advanced will be provided by instructor.


Are you ready to step up to NW3, but not sure how to prepare for the new challenges you'll face as a handler?


Have you been trailing at NW3 and struggled with the mental game or reading your dog when you are under the pressure?


In this class we'll work on understanding how NW3 searches differ from what you've done before.  We'll help prepare you for the mental rigors of working into the unknown and develop strategies for keeping your cool from start to finish!​

For teams that have successfully completed Intro to Odor.  We will expand your dog's exposure to new elements (particular focus on Vehicles and Exteriors).  This class will also prepare you and your dog for the Birch ORT, the first step towards trialing in NACSW.  Particular attention will be paid to observation skills and leash handling skills for the handler and odor obedience & enthusiasm for odor in the dog.


Dogs work one at a time, so must be able to be crated quietly (we provide crates) or kept in your car between runs.​



Travel Class for Dogs that need to get back into the game after a break or who have started working odor at home and want to get more experience in a class setting.  Practice for NW1 & Novice Level Searches, focusing on odor obedience and basics of searching successfully.  Birch experience as a requirement, but other target odors will be added over time. These classes are going to be a part of our Travel Class program, but every class will be taught at Kamp Kitty on Sunday evenings at 4PM.  Each class will focus specifically on preparing teams for NACSW NW1 search and AKC Novice Searches. 

If you are interested in joining us, please follow the notes above for joining our Travel Class program.


Please note: AKC Buried searches will be taught in a separate class.​  


Drop In Practice for NW2, NW3 & Elite Level Searches.  These classes are going to be a part of our Travel Class program, but every class will be taught at Kamp Kitty on Sunday evenings.  Each class will focus specifically on preparing teams for NACSW NW2-Elite (AKC Advanced-Excellent) searches.  Please note: AKC Buried searches will be taught in a separate class.​

 For our more experienced teams exposure is a key component to trial preparation.  You want to be able to walk up to the start line with the confidence that no matter what your search area your dog has seen it before.  Our travel classes take place at locations throughout Washington, Berkeley, Jefferson & Morgan Counties.  

All dogs should be experienced with all three odors used in NACSW Nose Work (BIRCH, ANISE, CLOVE) and will ideally have experience competing at the NW1 level or passed an ORT at a minimum.  Videos will be provided for each team for most class sessions.

Class Punch Cards can be purchased for $150, which entitle the holder to attend 6 classes at their leisure.

Travel Classes meet regularly on Tuesdays (Spring and Summer), Wednesdays, 2:00PM, & Thursdays, 6:00PM, SUNDAYS (4:00 PM - see below)


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For any teams that have already started on Birch odor this class prepare you for your first ORT or NACSW NW1 trial.  We will work on handler observation skills, leash handling, developing and maintaining odor obedience & navigating each element of a trial (Interiors, Vehicles, Exteriors, & Containers).  

This class is taught using high value treats & toys, which may at the beginning be paired with odor depending on your dog's proficiency.


Dogs work one at a time, so must be able to be crated quietly (we provide crates) or kept in your car between runs.


For dogs of any age, breed, physical ability and background (including dogs that may not fare well in regular classes).  This class will introduce you to the key concepts of the sport of K9 Nose Work®, including independent desire to search, complex problem solving, how scent travels & how to recognize changes in your dog's body language.


This class is taught using high value food or toy rewards and will progress to the point where you are ready to start your dog working on odor.   Initial course will focus on containers and interiors, a 2nd level course will introduce exteriors and vehicles.

 

Dogs work one at a time, so must be able to be crated quietly (we provide crates) or kept in your car between runs. 

For more information on NACSW K9 Nose Work®, please visit our K9 Nose Work® section.


All classes are 6-weeks long and cost $120/session.  Locations are as follows:


Mason Dixon Kennel Club (Boonsboro, MD) - Tuesdays 5PM new session starting in Sept

4-Legged Friends (Hagerstown, MD) - Fridays 5PM, new session starting in Sept

Kamp Kitty, Falling Waters, WV - Sundays, TBA

Do you feel dread a the sight of little white boxes?   Do you panic at the thought of food distractors?  Is your dog a certified box smasher?


We'll tackle all of this and more in a course that should see you looking forward to the Container element!  


TUES @ 6:45PM  (starts JAN 8 , 6 weeks) $120.


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Elevated, Low & Suspended Hides - Enhance your dogs current skill set. Learn how to systematically develop indication when high and low hides are present.  Develop an eye for how your dog works hides over their heads and very low to the ground and how to support their search as a handler.  Recognize more quickly what your dog’s behavior is signaling when working such hides.

Novice & Advanced Buried Hide searches for AKC Scent Work.  AKC has added a buried hide searches to their program, in order to mimic the work of dogs in human remains detection.  The Novice and Advanced levels are performed in a more controlled setting, which we can easily prepare for in a class setting.  Rules, Supply Lists, Practice Guides, and odor setting tips will be supplied, as well as a systematic approach to teaching dogs to hunt in contained soil.