Frequently Asked Questions
What age can dogs start to be trained for Scent Work?
Scent Work is open to all ages and activity levels. It's normally recommended that dogs are older than 6 months, and able to work on or off leash. Dogs must also be able to move around in Exterior spaces, Interiors, and on uneven surfaces. Contact us for more info. We offer puppy classes for pups as young as 12 weeks, and have worked with 14 year old dogs as well.
What is your approach to training?
We are members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). We use methods that are the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA). Much of our training requires work off leash and uses treats. Teams should have a good grasp of On/Off leash obedience before classes. We are also open to the use of tools that allow for better control. Although not inherently a part of how we train, obedience is a core competency of building trust, clear communication, and expectations that either positively or negatively transfer to Scent Work.
Which of your services are right for me?
We will conduct an evaluation of your team. If you have no to little experience, teams will start with our Introductory courses, Intermediate courses, and Advanced. However, we move at the pace of your dogs learning and your understanding. If your team catches on quickly we will move quickly through training. If your team needs more time, we will differentiate to your team. There is no set timeline for how quickly or how deliberately a team learns. We train to a standard not to a time.
How can we host an Integrity Nose Worx Seminar?
We can pair and tailor our seminars to time, standards of training, location, or any other variables for training. Training seminars can be custom built to customer requirements. From one hour events, to multiple days and sessions, we can differentiate our training to meet your needs. Class size is typically 10 working spots (unless otherwise agreed upon) with unlimited Auditor spots. Contact us for more info.