In the sport of Nosework (also called Scent Work) dogs enjoy the challenge of locating a scent and communicating with their handler where the scent is located.
Dogs are trained to identify a variety of scents of Anise, Birch, and Clove. The scent is placed on a cotton swab(s) and hidden from the dog and handler. It is up to the dog to find the scent, and handler to communicate to the judge that the source has been found.
I haven’t met a dog that didn’t love nose work, as it turns their favorite activity (sniffing) into a rewarding game! It is also a great sport for newcomers to dog sports, as there are many nosework organizations – so you are likely to find trainers and events/trials near you! There are also a variety of online training courses, if you want to try this sport in the comfort of your home.
Experience Needed for Trials/Events:
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Physical requirements of human: