1. Hungry & motivated dog – skip breakfast on the day of class or give only ½ of his usual meal. If you have a high-energy dog, please don’t tire him out with a long hike or play session before the class.

2. Dog’s favorite, high-value treats; bring a few different kinds in a sealable “Tupperware-type” container marked with the dog’s name. Please avoid crumbly or crunchy cookie-type treats; small pieces of cooked hot dogs quarters, Yummy Chummies, cheese cubes are good choices

3. Treat pouch or bait bag in which to put the treats – no plastic baggies. Premier treat bag by Terry Ryan: is a favorite

4. Buckle or martingale collar or harness and 6-8’ leash that are used ONLY for nosework. No slip or pinch collars, head halters, or Easy Walk harnesses. Harnesses are not suitable for draft, carting, or sled dogs. Many students like to use the following equipment, which can be ordered on-line and is also available at Healthy Pet in Freeland (10% discount if you’re a nosework student):

5. Buckle martingale collar – – easy to adjust to fit over dog’s head for loose collar or to use snap/clip buckle

6. EzyDog Quick-Fit harness – – seems to be everyone’s favorite, especially for long-coated dogs. Works well for dogs of all sizes & shapes – easily adjustable.

7. Biothane (pleather) leashes – – these are great – light-weight, washable, non-tangling, water-proof (yes, we work in the rain!) Please don’t attach any dangling items (poop bag holders, etc)

8. MarineDog 8’ hands-free leash – can be sized down to 4’ leash – perfect for most applications. 

9. Comfortable bed or crate in your car for dog to rest when not working

10. Fresh drinking water & bowl

11. Poop bags for clean-up

12. Proof of vaccinations against rabies, parvo, and distemper. Fax vaccination (or antibody titer level) records to 360-579-1040 prior to first class, or bring vet records with you. Rabies “collar tags” are not sufficient