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  Title K9 Nose Work Shelter Project
  Speaker Jill Marie O'Brien
  Date(s) Saturday, May 17, 2014
  Location Metairie, LA
  Fee $100
$85 (early bird price before April 30)
  CEUs pending
  Host Organization Louisiana SPCA
  Contact Person Lori Haeuser
  Contact Email
  Contact Phone 504-762-3304

  Description of Seminar/Conference

K9 Nose Work & the Shelter Dog...

Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The activity of K9 Nose Work is designed to develop a dog's natural scenting ability by using that desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. K9 Nose Work is one of the fastest growing activities in the dog community because it's a great way for any dog to have fun, build confidence and burn lots of mental and physical energy. An area of great promise for the use of K9 Nose Work skills has been as an enrichment activity and potential rehabilitation tool in the shelter environment. In environments where time, space and resources are often limited the need for low cost and effective activities for the dogs becomes invaluable.

During this talk, we will cover the application and foundation of K9 Nose Work and its practical use in the shelter environment, as well as the basics for getting a program started in a facility. We will discuss the potential benefits for dogs in the shelter or rescue environment and challenges that can be addressed with the use of basic K9 Nose Work skills. Scenting is a natural and often under-utilized activity for dogs; K9 Nose Work offers dogs both a mental and physical outlet for the stress that can often build from confinement.

A key element for a successful enrichment program is that it be designed to encourage kenneled or confined animals to express naturally occurring behaviors. As enrichment programs have become a major component for many shelter and rescue organizations, the K9 Nose Work shelter program strives to offer dogs an activity that allows them to express their most natural behaviors, scenting, searching & hunting, while giving shelter staff a fun and creative new way to engage the animals in their care.

The concepts demonstrated and explained during this seminar are valuable to start any dog on the road to a K9 Nose Work career. Whether you are a shelter worker, run a rescue charity, have a special needs dog or are simply interested in getting your dogs started in the activity of K9 Nose Work this is a great opportunity to get key foundational tools and information for playing the game.

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