Beginning Nosework

Description: Nosework is an up-and-coming dog sport that has been spreading rapidly across the country. It is based on detection dog training. Nosework dogs search out various odors (such as Birch, Anise and Clove) and are rewarded when they find the odor. Searches start out easy at the beginning level and progress in difficulty as the dog becomes "odor obedient". Beginning Nosework will teach your dog how to recognize the first odor, Birch, and how to progress from finding that odor in your hand to finding it in various containers (types of boxes). Building drive and speed will be part of the practice as the class progresses.

This is a six week class with 1 hour lessons.

Prerequisites: Dogs should have basic obedience training like sit, down and come, but all practice is done on leash.

Cost: $85.00 Inactive members/non-members, $63.75 Active members


Beginning Nosework 2

Description: This class continues the training begun in Beginning Nosework 1. The dog will learn how to search and find odor in various indoor and outdoor areas, as well as continuing container practice. The second odor, Anise, will be introduced and used along with Birch. The goal is to reinforce "odor obedience" with your dog and to help you recognize when your dog has found odor. "Blind" hides will be introduced.

This is a four week class with 1.5 hour lessons.

Prerequisites: Dog must be able to find and alert on Birch odor in a container.

Cost: $56.00 Inactive members/non-members and $42.00 Active members


Beginning Nosework Skills

Description: This class continues the training begun in Beginning Nosework 2. Training will focus on exterior (outdoors) and vehicles while also continuing interiors and containers as needed. The goal is to expose dogs to different search environments and types of vehicles in various outdoor conditions.

This is a four week class with 1.5 hour sessions.

Location: Various park locations around Cedar Rapids (4RK9S Training building if rain)

Prerequisites: Dog must be able to find and alert on Birch on a container.

Cost: $56.00 Inactive members/non-members and $42.00 Active members


Intermediate Nosework Skills

Description: This class continues the training begun in Advance Nosework. Training will continue to build skills for trialing at the Novice and Advanced level.

This is a four week class with 1.5 hour sessions.

Prerequisites: Dog must be able to find and alert on Birch, Anise and Clove on containers and interiors.

Cost: $56.00 Inactive members/non-members and $42.00 Active members


Nosework Skills

Description: Nosework Skills classes are 4-week one-hour classes which will focus on a specific nosework skill. For Student's Choice class : Everyone who enrolls must submit an exercise or skill they want to work on and instructor will come up with exercises for it. Up to six odors may be used in the class (NACSW, UKC and AKC odors).

Prerequisites: Open to dogs of all levels that are already on odor and can work in all four elements (containers, vehicles, interiors, exteriors).

Cost: $56.00 Inactive members/non-members and $42.00 Active members


Nosework Skills Level 1

Description: Goals for this level are introducing additional odors, improving ability for dogs to focus on searching in outdoor environments, and preparing to enter novice competition classes.

Class will meet at different outdoor locations to be determined by the instructors. Class will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Arrangements will be made for make-up dates. This includes the possibility of a make-up session at the building on Thursday nights in the regular nosework time slot.

One handler with one dog per level. If you want to alternate multiple dogs during your class that is permissible, but only one dog per turn.

Prerequisites: Team must have completed at least one beginning nosework class and be able to reliably find birch hides in containers, exteriors and on vehicles.

Cost: $85.00 Inactive members/non-members and $63.85 Active members


Nosework Skills Level 2

Description: Searches at this level will contain multiple hides using all three odors and distractors. If you are unsure of which level to enter please contact Pat Kramer.

Class will meet at different outdoor locations to be determined by the instructors. Class will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. Arrangements will be made for make-up dates. This includes the possibility of a make-up session at the building on Thursday nights in the regular nosework time slot.

One handler with one dog per level. If you want to alternate multiple dogs during your class that is permissible, but only one dog per turn.

Prerequisites: Teams currently competing at novice through superior levels. Must know birch, anise and clove.

Cost: $85.00 Inactive members/non-members and $63.85 Active members


Advanced Nosework

Description: Advanced Nosework will teach you and your dog the skills needed to trial at the Novice, Advanced and/or Superior levels of UKC, or the NW1 or NW2 level of NACSW. Your dog will practice searching all four elements -- Containers, Interiors, Exteriors and Vehicles. Skills to work on in this class will include working corners and working threshold hides, building speed at finding odor, and building drive. Clove will be introduced as your dog will need to alert on that odor in levels past Advanced. Multiple hides in one element may be placed for the dog.

This is a six week seminar with 1.5 hour sessions. Use the Nosework Class Registration Form for a six week class to register for this seminar.

Prerequisites: Dog must be able to find and alert on Birch and Anise odors.

Cost: $85.00 Inactive members/non-members, $63.75 Active members


Nosework Trial Preparation

Description: Nosework Trial Preparation classes are 4-week one-hour classes which will focus on preparing you and your dog to enter your first Nosework Trial. We will run Pre-Trial simulations for Birch, Anise, and Clove along with trial simulations of the four Novice elements; containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles.

Prerequisites: Open to dogs that are already on the three odors listed above and can work all four elements (containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles).

Cost: $56.00 Inactive members/non-members and $42.00 Active members


Masters Nosework Multi-week Seminar

Description: Masters Nosework will use all five odors dogs must learn for UKC and NACSW searches. This class will introduce distractions to the searches and hides placed higher than the Novice/Advanced/Superior levels. Your dog will be training for NACSW NW3 and Elite levels, or UKC's Master or Elite levels. Inaccessible hides may be used. Your dog will be challenged to find hides in areas that increase in difficulty from the previous classes. More blind hides will be presented, and multiple blind hides may be placed in an area.

This is a six week seminar with 1.5 hour sessions. Use the Nosework Class Registration Form for a six week class to register for this seminar.

Prerequisites: Dog must be able to consistently find hides that would be placed in NW1, NW2 or UKC Novice/Advanced/Superior levels. Dogs must be able to alert on all five odors used in UKC -- Birch, Anise, Clove, Myrrh and Vetiver. (Please note that Myrrh and Vetiver will not have been used prior to Masters, so you will need to train your dog on those two odors outside of class.)

Cost: $85.00 Inactive members/non-members, $63.75 Active members