Flat-Coated Retrievers and Nosework

Caris doing an exterior search

Handfull doing a container search

Flat-Coats LOVE to use their noses and this sport is perfect for that!  Nosework was created from the concept of drug detection work by police dogs, but instead of drugs, the dogs are searching for odors such as birch, anise and clove. These odors were chosen because they are fairly common and easily obtained but not so common as to be everywhere. Searches at a test include interiors, exteriors, vehicles and containers.

There are several venues that offer nose work performance trials. National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), United Kennel Club (UKC) and, most recently, the American Kennel Club (AKC) are a few in which Kingsbridge dogs compete. Each venue has similarities and differences, so it’s important to review the rules before participating. However, training for competition is very similar.

Before entering a trial a dog/handler team must demonstrate they are ready by participating in an Odor Recognition Test (ORT) as it is known in NACSW.

Ever notice how much your dog sniffs?  Dogs LOVE to use their noses so this sport is easy to train and motivate.  Any dog may participate.  Handlers can train alone at home or with a partner in a variety of settings.  Reactive dogs are welcome since only one dog works at a time.

Kingsbridge Flat-Coated Retrievers and Nosework

Caris earned her NACSW NW3-Elite title and UKC Elite Nosework titles.  Handfull has her NACSW Elite 2 and UKC Elite Nosework titles.  Promise has earned her NACSW  NW3-Elite, and her AKC Scent Work Excellent (SWE) title.  All the girls are participating in Canine -Work And GameS scent work and love it!  Caris and Handfull earned all nine C-WAGS scent titles and Promise has seven.

Handfull doing a vehicle search