Dogs have an incredible sense of smell; over 100,000 times more sensitive than humans and have worked alongside humans for decades using their keen noses in many detection fields; search and rescue, bomb detection, drug detection and more. Canine nose work and scent work companion dog sports are designed to give the dog/human team a fun activity that mimics professional detection tasks. The human is the facilitator for the dog to hunt, seek, and figure out how to solve various nose sports puzzles.
Central Florida K-9 offers companion dog nose sports training activities and programs.
NORTH AMERICAN SPORT DOG ASSOCIATION - NASDA
NASDA trials are designed to resemble both historic working and competitive field work and offer an opportunity for all dogs to engage in scent games previously open to only a few select breeds and working dogs. NASDA games provide a wide variety of “stuff” for your dogs to sniff out – you can choose a game based on your dog’s interests, or you can play them all!
- Trailing and Locating – live rats, contained safely in special made quarry boxes.
- Urban Locating – Live rats, contained safely in special made quarry boxes.
- Shed Dog – shed ungulate antler with added antler odor.
Central Florida K-9 currently trains and practices NASDA games and Central Florida K-9 Nose Sports is the first approved NASDA Club in Florida. See our planned Working Dog Trials and other NASDA training opportunities on the EVENTS tab. Contact us to learn more about our training opportunities.
BARN HUNT ASSOCIATION - BHA
Barn Hunt is the new and quickly growing dog sport catching fire across the country! Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. Though the sport was created for the real work of vermin hunting dogs and breeds, the sport welcomes any and all dogs of any size, breed, or mix who can fit through an 18" wide by bale-height tall tunnel.
Contact us to learn more about our Barn Hunt training opportunities.
AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB - AKC/UKC
Based on the work of professional detection dogs, the sport of AKC/UKC Scent Work celebrates the joy of sniffing and asks a dog to sniff to their heart’s content, turning your dog’s favorite activity into a rewarding game in which dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress. As in other nose sport games, teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate the find to the handler, who calls it out to the judge. It is a terrific sport for all kinds of dogs, and is a wonderful way to build confidence in a shy dog.
In so many dog sports the handler is in control but this isn’t true in Scent Work. Neither the dog nor handler knows where the target odor is hidden. The handler has to rely on the dog, and follow the dog’s nose to success. In Scent Work, the canine is the star of the show!
Central Florida K-9 currently offers private Scent Work classes, group practices and workshops. Contact us to learn more about current training opportunities.