The nose knows…Of the five senses, the sense of smell works immediately when puppies are born. With instinct and sense of smell, they are able to locate their mother’s nipple for food yet as humans; we primarily train our dogs with hand signals (eyesight) and verbal cues (hearing).
A dog’s sense of smell is said to be 1000 times more sensitive then that of humans. Check out this article on aDog’s Sense of Smell. For this reason, dog’s noses have been used to locate illegal drugs, sniff out cancer, or in search and rescue situations. Mind you, the dog nose is also used for saying hello to fellow dogs…no shaking hands for them.
TNT offers you the opportunity to harness your dog’s powerful sniffer and put it to work. Sniffer classes are being offered starting Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:30pm. Sniffer classes introduce you and your dog to the basics of searching and identifying ‘finds’. Dogs of any breed and young or old can participate in this class. If they have a nose, they have the proper physique for it.
If your dog spends oodles of time with his/her nose glued to the ground or sniffing the air for the illusive ball, food, perhaps a squirrel or bunny rabbit or your dog just needs a bit more mental stimulation in his/her life, this class is for you. If your dog needs to develop a bit more confidence or is reactive to other dogs, this class works with dogs one on one. Only one dog is working in the building at a time while the handlers observe and learn before then bringing in their own dogs.
Allowing your dog to be a dog and hunt for something specific and then being rewarded for it is the ultimate dog job. The skills taught in class can be practiced in your backyard and even in your living room.
So sniff your way to the registration section of the TNT Training website and sign up today for the next set with starts on Tuesday, April , 2012 at 7:30pm and explore the world fro your dog’s perspective.