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Sniff out a new game for your canine friend

EASTERN Shore residents and their pooches are invited to try one of the fastest-growing dog activity programs in Australia.

Free K9 Nose Work demonstrations will be held on Monday 5 October from 6.30-7.30pm and Saturday 17 October from 3.30-4.30pm at the CleverPawz headquarters in North Hobart.

K9 Nose Work Tasmanian practitioner and CleverPawz professional dog trainer Vicki Cleaver said the activities, which are based on the principles of scent detection, involved the use of cardboard boxes and high-value food or toys to build a dog’s desire to hunt.

“Teaching dogs to use their natural instinct in a constructive way keeps them mentally stimulated,” she said.

“Dogs thrive when they have a job to do especially when it involves sniffing.

“K9 Nose Work is a great activity that anyone can do with their dog in their own home – from the living room to the garage, especially on a rainy day.”

Ms Cleaver said the activity was appropriate for dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds.

“The added bonus of K9 Nose Work is that you do not need to purchase any special equipment,” she said.

“At the same time, it builds a special bond with your canine friend.

“K9 Nose Work is also beneficial for ‘over-the-top’, unfocussed and high-drive dogs.”

Ms Cleaver said mental activities, like Nose Work, were often more tiring for a dog compared to physical exercise.

“Nose Work does not create over arousal and the dog learns to calm down and focus because that makes the hunting easier,” she said.

“For dogs that have physical restrictions or are disabled, convalescing or elderly, K9 Nose Work provides maximum mental stimulation and is impact free.

“K9 Nose Work is virtually one of the only dog activities in the world that is suitable for reactive dogs as only one dog is worked at a time and reactive dogs are given extra personal space.

“The environment is safely managed so the dog can relax and focus on the fun at hand – hunting.”

Ms Cleaver said shy, anxious or fearful dogs also gained confidence and focus during Nose Work activities as they learnt to work independently without constant human direction.

The free K9 Nose Work demonstrations will be held at CleverPawz, which is located at 60 Federal Street, North Hobart.

To find out more or to register for the sessions email vicki@cleverpawz.com.au or phone 0400 089 867.

CleverPawz also offers a six-week course using the methodologies of K9 Nose Work, which includes indoor and outdoor environments.

For more information go to www.cleverpawz.com.au