K9You Nosework Academy is training for the professional trainer who wants to add a nosework program to their training menu. Nosework as a sport has come a long way since its beginnings in 2006. There are multiple trial venues, and with the addition of AKC Scent Work, demand for nosework classes is higher than ever. We offer a ten day program where students will learn how to train dogs to find, and indicate target odors, how to successfully introduce, and develop, the various search elements, and how to develop a training program that will work best for the trainer, their available resources, and their students (See the full syllabus below.) . The Nosework Academy will prepare you to offer a nosework training program to your students for fun and enrichment, or to prepare for competitive trialing, or both! Academy students will receive a comprehensive training manual, and the valuable Nosework Training Plans Guide that will include ready-to-teach lesson plans for ease in planning classes and training scenarios (each segment released based on the course level you are attending). K9You emphasizes teaching trainers to be compassionate to both dog and human, knowledgeable, and flexible. Our attention to detail for each handler/dog team, finding what works for them, and helping them fine-tune their team work have been the benchmarks of our success.
All students of the Academy will receive entry to an exclusive training group moderated by the trainers for continued support, feedback, and learning. Additionally, all students will receive first entry to future advanced skills training courses such as the planned three-day advanced skills classes, and weekend advanced skills building courses or retreats.
Our first in-person Academy for 2020 is scheduled for January 31 - February 3rd, 2020. This will encompass skills in the Week One Syllabus described below. We will have limited spaces in order to maximize the learning experience for each student. Students will be invited to bring up to three dogs to work with while learning the training process.
(The remaining six days of the two week academy will be scheduled over two weekends for continuing education.)
Additionally, a Virtual Academy is in the works (planned for March 2020) to allow for Distance Learning for students who can not travel to the site, or be away from other duties for a long period of time. The advanced skills classes will also be offered as distance learning classes, as well. We are very excited to be planning these opportunities so we can open up the world of nosework to more trainers and their students.
If you have questions, please use the contact form and we will be happy to talk to you. We understand this is a big investment of your time and money and want you to be completely comfortable when making a decision about joining us.
K9You Nosework Academy four day School - Introduction to Nosework Training (as described in the week one syllabus)
January 31, 2020 - February 3, 2020, Classes run 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM $795.00
Reserve your spot with a $200.00 non-refundable deposit. The balance of $595.00 is due prior to the first day of class.
SYLLABUS (This syllabus represents the topics presented during the full two week program - the order may be varied from the list below.)
Nosework overview - Value of nosework to dogs and owners (competition, value of nosework for improving behavior)
Competitive venues overview
Marker/reward system of training and its use in nosework
Ideal rewards and motivation in the nosework dog (use of food and toys)
Motivation and adaptation to the individual dog and handler
The major nosework methodologies
Fostering hunting/searching skills
Training a final response and it's value to the nosework team
Building and using a nosework lab; also introduction to using a scent wall, scent tubes, and alternate methods
Training a systematic search
Building independence from the handler
Building start line routines and pre-cues
Leash handling skills
Choosing nosework equipment to suit the dog and handler
Planning for classes, and ideal class set ups. How to adapt classes to your training space.
Using bridges for transitions in nosework
Introduction of nosework elements - Vehicles, Interiors, Exteriors, Containers, and Buried Hides
Advanced Leash handling skills
How to introduce a novel odor
Effective hides placement
Handling odor and building odor kits for the trainer and students
Generalization from the training environment to new environments
Introduction to distractions
Training Handler Discrimination
Troubleshooting - pawing, box smashers, false alerts, fringing, etc . (How to avoid, and how to repair behavior)
Planning class set ups and structure
Effective coaching of the human client
Using the lesson plan book to build your teams skills, and have effortless class planning