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Intro to Odor (6 week course)

This is an official K9 Nose Work® 6-week class. In this foundational class, we build on the previous course (Intro to K9 Nose Work). This class introduces the first target odor (Birch) used in K9 Nose Work®. Dogs learning the activity of Nose Work will gradually start to transition from searching for food or toys to searching for a “target odor.” Odor by itself is the goal, but much of the time it is paired with food, to help build drive, skills, and success. Additionally, the teaching environment will help dictate the exercises practiced during this course. 

Dates*: Fridays, July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26. (*Dates subject to change. Students will be given ample notice.)

Cost: $250/6-week course 

Session duration: 90 minutes/week

Location: Classes will be held in Santa Barbara at a private location. Address will be provided after registration is complete.

Prerequisites: Official Intro to K9 Nose Work® (with The Inquisitive Canine or other NACSW instructor) or previously completed other scent-work type class, which will need to be approved by instructor. The only other “prerequisites” are that your dog needs to be comfortable around human strangers and being left alone in your car or a crate. (Only one dog is allowed on the course at a time, while all the other dogs are sequestered.) If your dog is not comfortable left alone, you are welcome to bring another human (at least 16 years old, or older) along to act as their “dog nanny.”

K9 Nose Work® Course Policies

COVID-19 Policies for In-Person Dog Training:

Our priority – as it has always been- is keeping people and dogs safe. The Inquisitive Canine follows current Santa Barbara Public Health recommendations regarding COVID-19. Rescheduling is necessary if either party is ill or has been in contact with someone who has contracted COVID. Students who want to attend need to be vaccinated. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our ongoing dedication to keeping you and your families safe, today and always. Thank you for your cooperation.

Payment Policy:

Classes are paid-in-full at the time of registration. Accepted forms of payment are PayPal or a personal check made payable to The Inquisitive Canine. There is a $25.00 fee for all returned checks. Checks can be mailed to: The Inquisitive Canine 1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1-290 Santa Barbara CA 93108

For questions, you may contact us through our website or call (805) 965-3456.

Refund Policy: 

Cancelation of class must be requested one week or more before start date of first class. A refund minus $15.00 service fee will issued if cancelled within the mentioned timeframe. After that, no refunds will be issued. No refunds for no-shows. No make-up classes will be offered. Students are welcome to send another person to work with their dog as long as that person signs a waiver and is acting as the dog’s caregiver. 

Dog Policies: 

Maximum number of dogs/class: 6  

Age — for dogs 6 months or older.

Dress code- Flat collar with ID tag, current license (a photo is fine), harness (optional). NO choke, prong, or shock collars.

Vaccinations, including rabies (that’s the only legally required vaccination in Santa Barbara County) and flea/tick, and heartworm prevention.

Your inquisitive canine needs to be comfortable around human strangers and being left alone in your car or a crate.

For dogs of all abilities, sizes, breeds, and skill level. (Prior obedience training is not required!)