Canine Nose Work is a class for ALL DOGS. Any breed that wants to have fun can participate. Older dogs, shy dogs, and reactive dogs are welcome to come to class to “use their nose”. In these classes your dog can use their “sniffing” instinct, gain confidence, and build a positive outlet for energy. These classes are fun and positive for you and your dog. No previous training experience is needed to get started in Nosework. Everyone starts with Nosework 1, moving onto NW2, next is NW3, and then the Introduction for Travel Classes. After satisfactory completion of those classes you can move onto travel classes with Anke through Canine Copilots, LLC.
Anke King, CNWI™ has a unique multifaceted approach to working and living with dogs and over 30 years of experience training dogs in conformation, obedience, herding, agility, protection and now K9 Nose Work®. Over the years, Anke and her dogs have gained respect at both national and international levels. She has competed at national invitational agility trials and the World Championship in Slovenia . Since 2006, Anke has managed the daycare program at Waggin' Tails Junction. In addition, through her work with Canine Co-Pilots, LLC, Anke has earned the distinction of CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) with the NACSW (National Association of Canine Scent Work). Canine Co-Pilots, LLC, is proud to have Anke as a Certified member of the K9 Nose Work® team. www.K9Bondz.com
More information about K9 Nose Work® and the National Association of Canine Scent Work is available at www.nacsw.net
Skills Classes In this class we will work on leash handling skills & how to efficiently cover a search area as a team. Dogs need to be confident on all odors. We will work in the training facility & take field trips to conduct searches in different environments to practice all elements of a Nose Work Trial.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program - Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility
Puppy Classes include valuable training tips for puppy owners – how to housetrain – and lessons on practical skills for puppies – coming when called. This program is open to all dogs - purebred and mixed breeds. Puppies can begin training as soon as they have the necessary vaccinations and they can enroll in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy at any point up until their first birthday. At the end of the training course, the instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test. Upon passing, owners and their puppies may enroll in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program and will receive an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy package which includes: A frameable certificate, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy medal, AKC Puppy Handbook, Discount enrollment in AKC Companion Animal Recovery, Subscription to monthly e-mail newsletter that includes training tips. This class will help you learn the most effective and gentle ways to teach practical skills. There are 20 objectives that a handler and puppy must achieve in order to successfully pass the STAR behaviors. To review these 20 items please visit www.akc.org/starpuppy/test_items_pledge.cfm.
Basic Obedience class will be working toward becoming a Canine Good Citizen dog. Classes include practicing basic commands and house manners, i.e., polite greeting with 4 feet on the floor, stay at the door, wait at the food dish, leave it (things on floor or ground) and focusing with distractions, noise tolerance and enjoying the company of other dogs and people. Socialization with other dogs is an important part of this class. Dogs will have an opportunity to interact with the other handlers and other dogs.
Peggy Dobbinshas been teaching dog obedience since 1983, originally with Northern Virginia Community College, and then with Lake Jackson Kennels, and now with Waggin' Tails Junction. Peggy regularly attends seminars and clinics and has participated in clinics presented by Max Parris, Linda Tellington Jones, Ian Dunbar, Pat Miller, and others. Peggy has competed in obedience, tracking, field, agility, and conformation. She is an AKC evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Test and a Therapy Dog International Evaluator. She currently shares her home with Ritz and Mac. Ritz is an active Therapy Dog who has worked at Central Library for the past five years during the Summer Quest Program. During the school year Ritz attends Cougar Elementary School and Signal Hill Elementary School to have children read to her. She is registered with Therapy Dogs International. Mac is the "new" kid on the block currently studying obedience, agility and K9 Nose Work®. Peggy served Prince William County as a First Grade teacher for 25 years and survived with lots of patience, a good sense of humor, and a love of children. All of these skills apply to teaching dogs. www.pawsitivetraining4k9.info