This K9 Nosework class is not offered through Gemini Dogs, but through a private instructor who rents space from us. Please contact the instructor directly with any questions or to register.
Dogs smell scent like we see color. As a dog is born knowing how to use its nose, “K9 Nose Work” Classes will not teach the dog "how" to follow scent so much as we will be communicating to the dog on what specific thing we want the dog to focus those superior scenting abilities. To do that, we will tap into your dog’s natural desire to hunt and we will positively reinforce this hunting behavior with a reward system that your particular dog loves, such as a highly-valued toy, special food and sincere praise. “K9 Nose Work” Classes are exhilarating for both dog and handler and they can help develop confidence even in the most timid of dogs. And, the mental exercise of searching and problem-solving is great for calming down other, more energetic or reactive, dogs. Finally, a huge benefit of the “K9 Nose Work” Classes is the positive working relationship that develops between you and your dog when you both are out “hunting” together as a team. And, for those handlers that love to compete, this series of “K9 Nose Work” Classes will prepare you for the new competitive Dog Sport that is taking California by storm. Check out the official “K9 Nose Work” website to learn all about it: http://funnosework.com/home.html Rules and regulations can be found at the “National Association of Canine Scent Work” website: http://www.nacsw.net/
“K9 Nose Work” Classes are broken down into seven levels: Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V, Level VI, Level VII, Level VIII and Level IX. Levels VI, VIII and IX are available for those that want to focus on their competition skills. Each Level consists of 6 1-hour weekly group sessions. (For groups of less than 3 dogs, the class will be 1/2 hour in length). Each dog team must participate in each Level as the information builds as the classes continue. Therefore, with limited exceptions, Level I is a prerequisite to Level II and so forth. Depending on how quickly the dog AND the handler master the required skills of each Level determines whether the dog team can move up to the next Level. All dogs participating must be at least 4 months of age and be able to be walked on a leash and come when called. All dogs will work twice each class but only one dog will be worked in the building at a time.
Please call Gail McCarthy at 617-775-7968 or email her at < CzechGSD@macrt.org > to receive additional information and to request a Registration Form and Waiver.
As the instructor of these Classes, I have been training detection dogs since 1992. I am the head trainer of the Massachusetts Rescue & Recovery K9 Unit and I am a canine handler with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and Rescue, Massachusetts Task Force 1. I am also one of the few NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in New England and I am pleased to be able to bring my experience in the field of detection dog training to you with this fun new sport, "K9 Nose Work." At the last Official Nose Work Trial held this past weekend in Falmouth, Massachusetts, seven of the canine teams that titled NW2 were students with whom I extensively worked in my regular weekly classes (some first time out!!!) as well as two more teams with whom I often worked in my Off-Site Classes. Congratulations to all!!!