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How much equipment is necessary for nosework? Can you give me an idea of what I will need in order to get started before I commit to buying the DVD?
Q. Hello,

I've been watching your videos with Andrew Ramsey on the upcoming nosework DVDs. One question I have is how much equipment is necessary to do this sport? I see on the short video clips that you have the dogs learning to search many plastic type containers. Can you give me an idea of what I will need in order to get started before I commit to buying the DVD?

Thanks!

Mari
A. Hi Mari,

There are really very few things that are needed to get started in Nosework, that is one of the many reasons why it is so great. On top of that the dogs love it :) You of course need your target odor, you need your dog's favorite reward, which it is very important to figure out exactly what that is, and you need to set up a very simple training area, or "Training Lab" initially that favors the training experience as far as maximizing your dogs enjoyment for the activity as well as providing the ideal odor encounter. Andrew has trained detection dogs in a multitude of areas and used many different set ups and has isolated the crucial core elements that are necessary to teach dogs to search for and indicate target odors The training area that you have seen in the Leerburg clips has a wide variety of items in it. Not all of them are entirely necessary and we actually explain this in the introductory DVD. The convenient thing about this training process is that the furniture that you use for your training lab does not have cost you a lot of money, many people create perfect training areas without spending ANY money.

The "Training Lab" is what we use to properly introduce the dog to this activity, motivate them to search and teach them the specific behavior we require of them in order to obtain their reward once they have located the target odor. Once we have successfully completed this process we can go ANYWHERE and do Nosework with our dogs. That is part of the fun, training in new places all the time. At this point your training sessions cost nothing. :) Anywhere that you are allowed to take dogs you can do Nosework.

The dogs LOVE it!

Cindy Rhodes

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Is there a national nosework organization?
Q. Hey Cindy,

Is there a national nosework organization? I would like to start a club here in Vermont so I would love to talk to the correct people about how to do that. I would also love to have someone like Andrew Ramsey come out and do a talk and clinic about the sport. Any help you could give would be great.

Thanks,
Nathan
A. Hello Nathan,

The Nosework DVD series we are producing with Andrew Ramsey explains his system of how to train any and all types of dogs for substance detection. Our DVD series will show how this can be done with high drive working dogs as well as lower drive pet dogs. People with pet dogs can do this activity with their friends (or by themselves) and really enjoy themselves doing it just for fun. They can also train for the purpose of competing in K9 Nose Work *R through the organization of the National Association of Canine Scent Work. While the methods explained in the DVD series are not designed specifically to the finer details of this organization and were created to cover a much more broad spectrum of end users training detection to pet dogs, they certainly can and are being used by people training for this particular sport. While neither Andrew nor Leerburg are officially affiliated with the current association that has made an organized sport of nosework/pet dog detection with their set of rules, Andrew competes with his dogs, as do many of his students.

So many people are beginning to realize how great this activity is that it has more recently caught the eye of groups as large as the AKC and UKC and most certainly additional organized clubs and associations are imminent. That is the reason our DVD series covers pet dog detection/nosework as a whole instead of catering to the specifics of one organization.

You can get more information about the specifics of K9 Nose Work *R through the National Association of Canine Scentwork's website at www.funnosework.com.

You can get more information about Andrew Ramsey and his practical approach to training pet dog Nosework or his contact information for seminars at www.ramseyk9.com.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes