Introduction to Odor

This class advances the dog's scent discrimination skills taught in the Introduction to K9 Nose Work and K9 Nose Work Mini Fun classes. Dogs are taught to identify the first target odor of the sport: Birch, a natural essential oil. Additionally, we introduce techniques and tactics for building better dog/handler teamwork. This class is also appropriate for dog handler teams working with Birch who would like to gain experience searching for Birch in a new environment. Intro to Odor is intended to be repeated multiple times.

Frequency & Duration: 1.5 hours per week for 6 weeks OR 3 hours per week for 3 weeks

Fees: $200 (If your dog was adopted from a 501(c)3 rescue group or shelter, or has taken a class with the SF SPCA in the past year, the fee is $175)

Course prerequisites: Introduction to K9 Nose Work and Instructor approval. Dogs in this class must be capable of quietly handling confinement crated away from their handlers or in a properly equipped vehicle. Dogs should be at least 5 months old. Students who have not taken a previous SF SPCA Nose Work class must also fill out the Online K9 Nose Work Questionnaire prior to class.

Location: 243 Alabama Street

Class capacity: 6 students

Instructor: Michele Garlick, CNWI


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