Your dog’s nose is amazing. You already know that. You might get frustrated when your dog stops to sniff every blade of grass on your walk. Frustrating as it is, that sniffing is normal, natural, and necessary for your dog.
If your dog sniffs a lot, or tends to follow his nose a lot, you are in luck. There’s a sport out there just for your dog. The more “stubborn” your dog is about sniffing, the better he’ll be at this sport.
National Association of K9 Scent Work (NACSW) has created a sport called K9 Nose Work. I’m at K9 Nose Work Camp in Cleveland, GA for five days watching and learning as much as I can. This is my third year at camp and I learn something new every year.
Back to your dog and his nose. This sport encourages dogs to be dogs. It taps into your dogs natural hunting desire and allows a constructive, fun, and appropriate outlet so that your dog can, well, be a dog!
This sport is great for just about every dog. We’ve had physically challenged dogs (three legs), shy dogs, scared dogs, barky dogs, super excited and active dogs, and just everyday, normal, regular dogs.
And they all love it. And thrive.
Take a look around the NACSW website to learn more. If you’re interested in getting involved and taking a class with your dog, let me know. We’ve got classes forming and we’d love to give your dog something productive to do with his nose!