K9 Nose Work Class Rules
Please note that there may be additional recommendations or
requirements specific to each location or facility.
The structure of the class dictates that one dog work at a time. Other dogs will remain secured or crated until their turn.
When you enter the room with your dog, don’t let him or her wander into the designated search area until further instruction.
When entering and exiting the room, or out in potty area, please keep dogs a safe distance from one another. No meet and greets.
Make sure to potty dogs prior to class and possibly before each run. The nature of the work may trigger the desire to eliminate anyway. In that case, be ready to preempt the attempt but if unsuccessful, don’t reprimand your dog…leave it be and we will clean up.
Minimize chatting during the dog’s runs.
Instruction may vary based on an individual dog’s need.
The dogs will work dogs on leash at first but may eventually work off leash.
The instructor may rev up or excite your dog. Please hold your ground and do not release dog until instructed.
If a dog solicits social contact during the search, please ignore them.
Please leave toys and treats in the crating area when it is not your turn so that the work-space floor is clear of distractions.
Be patient with your dog. Don’t get frustrated and keep your dog up.
Don’t say ‘No’ or ‘Leave it’ and if you need the dog to leave it just encourage the dog to move away. Be careful not to leash correct the dog.
Please ask questions, but know that some may be tabled due to the class time frame.
No video taping of lecture permitted. Videotaping or photography of your own dog may be allowed and is at the discretion of the instructor and facility. There may be some videotaping done by the instructors if participants at the class have signed a photo/video release.