• “I went into the store looking to find out about raw food options and Bonnie walked me through all the options. She also helped me the previous day over the phone with my questions regarding training. I was totally overwhelmed when I walked in because I have a Newfie puppy coming home next week and she put me at ease. It was a wonderful experience.” - Rachel M.
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K9 Nose Work

k9nosework2Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information. Prerequisites serve as a guide for proper placement. For more information, please see the Placement Chart or speak to an Especially for Pets' sales associate or trainer.

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K9 Nose Work I
In Level I (Introduction to Nose Work; Reward Food/Toys), we will build your dog's desire to hunt using modern methods of positive reinforcement while simultaneously training you how to read his unique hunting behaviors and to pick up on those subtle signals that communicate that the dog is "working scent." 

Prerequisite: None

Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Fri 12/01/2017 8:00pm / 6 Weeks / No Class 12/29 Sudbury $ 180.00 Gail McCarthy

K9 Nose Work II
In Level II (Introduction to Different Search Venues; Reward Food/Toys), we will continue to build your dog’s desire to hunt using modern methods of positive reinforcement while introducing him to different search venues. We will also continue to train you how to read your dog’s unique hunting behaviors and to pick up on those subtle signals that communicate that the dog is “working scent.”

Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work I

Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Fri 12/01/2017 3:00pm / 6 Weeks / No Class 12/29 Sudbury $ 180.00 Gail McCarthy

K9 Nose Work IV
In Level IV (Introduction to Odor Anise/Clove), we will introduce your dog to the remaining two target odors, essential oils of anise and clove. Additionally, we will continue to work on your handling skills and your dog's ability to independently and reliably hunt for all three target odors. Dog teams must exhibit certain minimum proficiency skills in finding the initial target odor.

Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work III

Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Fri 12/01/2017 5:00pm / 6 Weeks / No Class 12/29 Sudbury $ 180.00 Gail McCarthy

K9 Nose Work IX
In Level IX (Continuing Nose Work; Odor NW3), we will continue to increase the handler and the dog's ability to work together as a team in solving progressively more challenging search problems for NW3. Dog handling techniques for on and off-leash work, as well as search strategies, will be further defined at this level. Dog teams enrolled in Level IX must be on birch, clove and anise odor, hunting independently and successfully titled at NW2.

Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work VIII

Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Fri 12/01/2017 7:00pm / 6 Weeks / No Class 12/29 Sudbury $ 180.00 Gail McCarthy

K9 Nose Work VI
Level VI (Final Response/Odor) is an optional class. We will teach your dog to offer an independent indication which the dog will use to communicate to the handler that he has found the target odor. Our goal is to have a dog that intensely hunts and automatically indicates when he pinpoints the target odor. Dog teams must have permission of the instructor to enroll.

Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work V

Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Fri 12/01/2017 6:00pm / 6 Weeks / No Class 12/29 Sudbury $ 180.00 Gail McCarthy

Prerequisite: None

Classes are continuously being added to our schedule. Online updates are made as quickly as possible, however, we suggest checking directly with the individual store location for the most up-to-date information including 'no class' dates.
Start Date Time/Duration Location Price Trainer
Fri 12/01/2017 4:00pm / 6 Weeks / No Class 12/29 Sudbury $ 180.00 Gail McCarthy