Andy was introduced to K9 Nose Work® while volunteering in a local animal shelter and instantly recognized its value for both of his personal,
challenged, adopted dogs, as well as for 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, attending seminars, trialing personal dogs, pouring over the internet and mining whatever information could be found, joining practice groups, and attending K9NW® camp and the NACSW Instructor Education Program. Andy did all this while spending more time volunteering in local shelters working with special needs dogs and utilizing tools such as K9NW® in their remedial training plans. This led to sharing the sport with volunteers and staff at the BCSPCA and incorporating it into his ongoing role as a volunteer coordinator, which involved holding training sessions for staff and volunteers in the shelters across the Lower Mainland and into the B.C. Interior. This naturally flowed into providing classes for the general public.
Andy is fully accredited through the National Association of Canine Sent Work (NACSW) as a Certified Nose Work® Instructor (CNWI). He started entering trials with his two adopted Rottweilers: Ice and Ripley. He currently continues to trial with his two dogs: Boomer (a 7-year-old Malamute/German Shepherd/Shiba Inu mix from the BCSPCA) and Rubix (a 2-year old black Labrador).
K9 Nose Work®
Dogs were built to use their noses. 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 also just love to work 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 a potentially life-changing boost in confidence. 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 (blind dogs enjoy the sport too!). 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 dog's 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..