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K9 NoseWork®

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 18, 2019


K9 NOSEWORK® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people.  Progressive training levels offered. Offered at 3 levels. (6 classes)

K9 NoseWork® Advanced:

Saturdays 9-10:30 AM March 30 – May 18 (No class April 6 or 27, off-site class on May 11- flea market) Fee: $145

According to the national website it is a “search and scent activity for virtually all dogs and people.” Proponents of the sport claim it “builds confidence and focus … and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy.”  Merritt stresses that, “it is not tracking.”  She describes the process as initially a game, or puzzle, wherein the trainer puts food in a box and that box is placed among other boxes. “Get the correct box and get the treat inside.” Although the process looks to be simple, “it is far from it. It demands a skill set, which requires owners to be better observers of their dogs.” Merritt says that as training progresses the puzzle becomes more complex: going from more boxes indoors to boxes outdoors and eventually no boxes. “The dogs just follow their noses.”

Merritt says, “one of the best things about K9 Nose Work® is that it is training that is accessible to any dog and owner. Even dogs with sensitivities, or reactive behaviors, to other dogs or people can learn to play the game.” K9 Nose Work® is, “all about assuring the comfort and safety of the individual dog. Other dogs will never be in their search area.” Merritt says she has successfully worked with a three-legged dog and even a blind dog, which was, “of course, extremely reactive because it could not see.” That dog now does well competing in higher levels of the sport.


March 30
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Hitchcock Free Academy


Hitchcock Free Academy
Brookfield Road
Brimfield, MA United States
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