Today’s interview in our series of “Fun Sports to Do With Your Dog,” I’m interviewing Julie Berke about the sport of K9 Nose Work.
K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity for practically all dogs and people. It’s easy to learn and helps build confidence and focus. This is a safe sport that can keep your dog fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.
Inspired by working detection dogs, dogs learn how to search for a specific odor or odors and to find the source. They start by searching for their favorite food or toy that is hidden in different environments. As the dog progresses in ability, he learns new skills and the difficulty of the challenge is increased.
If you want to take this fun sport to higher level, K9 Nose Work is a nationwide competitive sport in which dogs and handlers can earn titles, ribbons, and awards. There is an Odor Recognition Test (ORT) that dogs must pass to be eligible to compete in trials sanctioned by The National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of K9 Nose Work.
Julie lives in Durham, North Carolina with her two Corgies, Cooper and Breve. She has been an enthusiastic participant with her dogs in K9 nose work for 4 years. She also participates with Cooper and Breve in obedience and agility training and competition.