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Taking Mercy to a Nosework Class

Since I am trying to find ways to keep Mercy's active mind occupied during the winter months, I decided to sign her up for a nosework class, which is part of the National Association of Canine Scent Work. It is being held at the same facility as the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy class she took. I was told by this trainer that my AKC S.T.A.R. puppy trainer has been in his classes and recommends the nosework classes to her own students.

Mercy has been using her nose in less than desirable places in our home lately and retrieving yucky things. I would like to rechannel Mercy's desire to get into smelly things into a more positive outlet.

In the meantime, Mercy is also attending a Basic Petsmart class with my husband, so he can learn how to handle Mercy also. I found the trainer through the AKC, not Petsmart.

Mattaponi Kennel Club also starts up Agility classes in the spring. I hope I will have time to invest into that as well.
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The nosework class sounds (smells? ) fascinating and fun!
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She will have fun and so will you! I did two Nosework cases with Tess and she loved it. I just started a CGC prep class with Liza, we will see how she does.
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Is the class with Jacy? LOL Mo just got his NW1 title at a trial in Manassas (we don't train with Jacy, but he hosted the trial).
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Mercy will have fun in nose work! I took Finn and he had a great time. We'll be taking the second session in the spring.
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The nosework class sounds (smells? ) fascinating and fun!
They actually use the term that is is the best smelling sport around!
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She will have fun and so will you! I did two Nosework cases with Tess and she loved it. I just started a CGC prep class with Liza, we will see how she does.
Sounds great! Good luck!
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Is the class with Jacy? LOL Mo just got his NW1 title at a trial in Manassas (we don't train with Jacy, but he hosted the trial).
Yes, this is with Jacy Kelly's training firm Canine Copilots. Jacy is the person I spoke with on the phone. He has two other trainers that work with him.

I will actually be taking classes with Walter Feno as my instructor. Jacy told me he was also the owner of Waggin Tails.

Maybe I will get to actually train with Jacy himself next time.

If I could, I would love it if I could get into a career working full time with my dog!
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Yes, this is with Jacy Kelly's training firm Canine Copilots. Jacy is the person I spoke with on the phone. He has two other trainers that work with him.

I will actually be taking classes with Walter Feno as my instructor. Jacy told me he was also the owner of Waggin Tails.

Maybe I will get to actually train with Jacy himself next time.

If I could, I would love it if I could get into a career working full time with my dog!
Jacy is really nice and supportive - we're about 1.5 hours from Canine Copilots and his training center, but we did Mo's ORT there and trialed there in December (whenever there is a nosework event anywhere near you, you really need to go and take advantage of it, because they're few and far between out east right now). I'm sure his trainers are great. Maybe we'll end up seeing you around at an ORT or trial if you decide to seriously compete!
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I do Nose Work with Tayla and we both love it. We have finished Level 2 and since there was not enough interest in Level 3 it got canceled twice and this time Tayla just had an expensive surgery and I couldn't afford class. I hope to get her back into Level 3 next month where we will actually begin using scent. We practice a couple times a week and when I tell my crazy girl to "find it" she is all business.
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