I used to tell therapy dog teams that weren't quite ready to work and needed to build their relationship to go and play in agility. Now I say go and play in K9 Nose Work. It is a marvelous way to build a bond, communication and a working team.
Who can play in Nose Work?
K9 Nose Work™
A new urban sport based on dog detection skills. Dogs learn to hunt and focus those skills on finding different odors. Using National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) methods dog’s find the essential
oils of Sweet Birch, Anise, and Clove. Nose work uses completely positive and high intensity training to build the drive to find the odors.
You will learn to work with the dog and how the dog communicates. This builds confidence for the team and skills to “read” the dog.