They are the first organization to have started this style of competitive scentwork as a solo sport (different than tracking). It was started by three people who has profession scent detection dogs and wanted to bring the fun of that to laypeople, essentially.
That's my preferred organization to trial in. As Rosemary just mentioned, different trial groups use different levels of odor. There are also slightly different rules.
I don't personally train an "alert behavior" and most people I train with do not - it's more about reading your dog's behavior. Because we have to have our dogs at odor source or as close to an inaccessible source as possible, having a trained behavior like a sit can actually interfere with identifying the location of the source at higher levels of competition with inaccessible hides that are are high height or deep back somewhere. Just my opinion and how my trainer feels about it.
Equipment - collar or harness is fine, as long as it's not a corrective piece of equipment. As far as I know all organizations are fine with either and it's totally your preference.
NACSW discourages an alert bark because it can affect competition.[/QUOTE]
Thank you very much, those are very good advises. Now I tend to prefer NACSW over AKC, it sounds very interesting and also to put things a little mor difficult with the amount of odor. I'll reconsider the alert thing, but yeah definitely not barking, also to not interfere with our previous training.
Fenzi is a great place to start with nosework IMO.
Hoss and I signed up and found this course to be a great foundation for nosework.
Initially I took some classes at our local training center and at the same time I took the online course.
Online gave me a lot of details that I do not think I would have picked up on in class.
Nosework has taught me so much in the area of reading my dogs body language.
Also a lot of fun for the owner and dog.
At any given time if we get bored at home we practice nosework.
Always exhausts Hoss’s brain after 30 minutes or so.
Then he is ready for his well deserved nap!
As far as collar.....I learned this at my training center. Early on Hoss in class seemed hesitant for searches.
Instructor had me remove his collar as she felt the collar was keeping him in an obedience mode versus feeling free to roam around and search for scent.
So collar removed and 15 foot lead attached to the back of his vest.
Then Hoss really got into his searches with more determination. Guess he felt more freedom with collar off his neck.
So now we vest up only......no collars are worn during our searches.
Good luck and have fun with this sport.
I'll try with a collar, she loves to use her nose, so if she doesn't looks comfortable I'll change it.
And yes I think it will be fun, and we can make it very varied.
Thank you very much for your replies, I'll take every advise, do a litle more research and get to work!