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    Have you ever watched a crime-sniffing dog on TV and thought, “I wonder if my dog could do that?”  The answer is YES!  Your dog has 300 million “olfactory sensors” and in Nose Work I, we teach you and your dog how to find scents through a variety of fun activities. Dogs of any age, from young puppies to older dogs, and of any training level can be successful in learning scent detection.  It is an extremely fun and fascinating activity that will help build your dog’s confidence as they work through “scent games” and get rewarded for using their nose! Benefits of Nose Work are:
    • Dog burns a lot of physical and mental energy
    • Teaches your dog a fun activity that can be done anywhere
    • Shy or fearful dogs build confidence and overactive dogs put their energy to work
    • Builds a stronger bond between you and your dog
    Students must attend all 4 weeks of this class in order to move on to Nose Work I: Basic Searches. PREREQUISITE: Must have completed Think Pawsitive’s Beginner Puppy School, Adult Manners or Canine IQ Camp or prior approval from the instructor.
    4-week Course – 60 minutes
    CLASS BEGINS: Check back for new dates!
  • In this class, we will advance the foundation skills you learned from the Intro to Scent class and start basic container and interior room searching. PREREQUISITE: Must have completed Nose Work I: Intro to Scent or Think Pawsitive's Nose Work Workshop 4 week Course – 60 minutes CLASS BEGINS: Friday, October 15th, 2021 at 1:00pm
  • This class will work on building the interior and container search skills taught in Nose Work I. We will also introduce both exterior and vehicle searching where handler/dog teams learn to navigate outdoor scent scenarios. We will introduce your dog to the odors of “Anise” and “Clove” and teach leash management, understanding your dog’s signal language and in the importance of varying search environments. This exciting class will help you expand your dog’s searching capabilities and build more confidence in your teamwork.
    PREREQUISITE: Must have completed Nose Work I: Basic Searches at Think Pawsitive.
    4 week Course – 60 minutes
    CLASS BEGINS: Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 at 6:00pm (10/27 will meet at 7:30 pm - No class on 11/10)
  • Part of being successful in nose work is taking your training on the road and working on new and challenging scent puzzles. This class will give you the opportunity to expose your dog to both new and challenging puzzles. It takes the nose work fundamentals learned in the foundation classes and uses them in new environments. The class will meet at various locations to allow the dog/handler team to expand their experience and knowledge with container, interior, exterior, and vehicle searches. Your instructor will contact you with location information and details prior to each session. The focus of this class will be NW1/NW2 searching. Dogs need to have been introduced to container, interior, exterior, and vehicle searching. Dogs must also understand Birch, Anise, and Clove. There must be a minimum of 5 students to hold any individual class. PREREQUISITE: Must be enrolled in Scent Puzzles at Think Pawsitive or instructor approval based on a skills evaluation. COST: $45 Individual Class Session - 90 minutes

    CLASS DATE: Sunday, August 22nd, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm

  • Scent Puzzles

    This class progresses your dog’s confidence in searching and applies his/her skills to new scent puzzles. Dog/handler teams will test their searching skills on both box and non-box containers, vehicles, exteriors, and interiors both with and without distractions. Expand your knowledge of the fun sport of canine scent detection and develop your dog’s searching with multiple hides, overlapping scent cones, combination hides, inaccessible hides, height, and combinations of the previous items. Select classes will be held at pre-determined offsite locations.
    PREREQUISITE: Must have completed Nose Work II at Think Pawsitive or instructor approval.
    4-week Course - 60 minutes
    CLASS BEGINS: Thursday, November 4th, 2021 at 10:15am (No class 11/11 & 11/25) CLASS BEGINS: Monday, November 1st, 2021 at 1:00pm (No class 11/15) (This Class is FULL!)
    CLASS BEGINS: Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at 7:00pm (3 Weeks) CLASS BEGINS: Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at 8:15pm (3 Weeks)