Does your dog need more exercise? More confidence? Or just a new job?

Canine nosework classes near Seattle

Canine nosework courses are designed to teach you how to encourage and develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using his desire to hunt and his love of food, toys, and exercise. It is a perfect course for dogs to have fun, build confidence and focus, and burn lots of mental and physical energy, even when it’s too cold or rainy to venture outside, like it can be in Seattle. Canine nosework can be taught and practiced indoors with minimal space and equipment needs. Scent classes are also an excellent way to improve all-around communication with your dog in everyday activities.

The sport also brings special benefits for dogs with issues such as lack of confidence or focus, being overly-reactive around other dogs and/or people, dogs convalescing from medical problems or living with disabilities (hearing or sight impairment, loss of a limb), generalized social or situational anxiety preventing them from joining a typical group training class, and retired conformation, competition, service, or working dogs in need of a job to keep them busy and happy.

Dogs of all breeds, ages, and abilities are welcome – from the young unfocused puppy to the elderly dog no longer able participate in long walks or rough-and-tumble dog play at the park – all will be successful and have fun. Owners, too! No dog training experience is necessary.

Seattle area group classes (max 8 dogs, each worked individually) meet weekly for 90 min X 6 weeks and are taught at the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District office: 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley 98260. Private lessons are also available by contacting Georgia directly to arrange a mutually-convenient schedule.

Summer 2014 group classes will be offered on Sundays July 6 – August 17, and Tuesdays July 8 – August 12. Click to view class times and go to the on-line registration.