Inspired by working detection dogs, Nose Work, or Scent Work, is a fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity builds confidence and focus in dogs, and provides a safe rewarding way to keep dogs healthy through mental and physical exercise. Nose Work starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, eventually expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and if desired competition skills are taught. The practice of Nose Work has reached dogs of all shapes and sizes, and has made search & detection skills available to pet and companion dogs, creating a new arena for sport dog enthusiasts, as well as the pet owner who wants to have fun with their dog while giving him or her something natural and instinctive to do. Nose Work is easy and fun for the handler, as well as exciting, fun and tiring for your dog. Nose Work provides great mental and physical exercise for a dog.
Extremely active, high energy dogs benefit tremendously from the intense effort and focus they give during a search. The mental exercise of figuring out where the scent they are searching for is located, and the physical exercise of sniffing and inhaling deeply as they work combines to make for an extremely satisfied and tired dog.