Andy was introduced to K9 Nose Work® while volunteering in a local animal shelter and instantly recognized its' value for both his personal,
challenged adopted dogs as well as for the use in the shelter as an enrichment tool to help the shelter dogs better cope with, what is for most dogs,
a very stressful place. That initial introduction was one of those pieces of the puzzle that came together to shape a new direction for how he interacted,
trained, played and observed our best friends, the dog.
The journey that followed included taking a series of immensely enjoyable and informative classes from a remarkable local trainer, seminars, trialing personal dogs, pouring over the internet and mining whatever information could be found, practice groups, attending K9NW® camp and the NACSW Instructor Education Program, more trialing Concurrently spending more time volunteering in local shelters working with special needs dogs and utilizing among other tools, K9NW® in their remedial training plans. Sharing the sport with volunteers and staff, and incorporating it into my ongoing role as a volunteer coordinator. Holding training sessions in the shelters for staff and volunteers across the Lower Mainland and into the B.C. interior. This naturally flowed into providing classes for the general public.
Andy is a fully accredited through the National Association of Canine Sent Work (NACSW) as a Certified Nose Work® Instructor (CNWI). He continues to trial with his two Rottweilers, 14 year old Ice (semi retired, only doing the really fun low stress stuff) and 13 year old Ripley. Both dogs were adopted from the BCSPCA.
K9 Nose Work®
Dogs were built to use their nose. We can see working dogs completely engaged in detecting drugs, explosives and invasive or endangered species.
We have truffle dogs, medical alert dogs and research continues in the medical field for their use in saving lives in areas like early cancer detection.
These are a few of the roles that professional dogs excel in but our best friends love to work as well and we can give our dogs the opportunity to
explore their scenting abilities in a safe and fun way.
K9 Nose Work® has evolved from the professional detection world into an engaging sport that has become extremely popular. No matter what type of dog you have, K9 Nose Work® has a lot to offer them. It is an intense and exhausting mental workout, offers positive experiences and for some dogs it offers potentially life changing confidence building. It has helped many shelter dogs recover from past experiences and integrate into their forever homes. It's great for the retired athlete that still needs to be active or the dog that has mobility or vision issues. It offers an opportunity for you to be a student of your dog and many dog owners have commented that it has vastly improved their ability to read their dogs body language.
The sport along with all its accolades is pure fun for both handler and dog. If you desire, advanced classes will prepare you for trialing with one of several organizations offering competitions locally in Southern BC, Vancouver Island or into the North Western U.S.