DIAMOND IN THE RUFF DOG TRAINING
Greater Burlington, VT
Need help with training?
 Call 1-802-540-0219 or email diamonddogtraining@gmail.com

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CURRENT DOG TRAINING CLASSES

*Classes are kept small for more individual attention*

Note: Holly is offering occasional group manners and puppy classes, 
but is putting most of her class efforts into growing the sport of K9Nosework in VT. 
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NOSEWORK--WHAT IS IT?

Using the amazing equipment (nose) and hunting instinct that every dog has, we train your dog to do a focused search for food or essential oils. Nosework has become an international competitive dog sport, where dogs do timed searches of four different elements: containers (boxes, luggage, etc), interiors (within buildings), exteriors (the great outdoors), and vehicles (exterior only). Any dog with a nose and at least 2 legs can play (incl. blind, deaf, and senior dogs), and it requires minimum physical exertion from handlers. One dog searches at a time, so even dogs who are mild to moderately reactive can play.  This sport builds confidence in shy or fearful dogs, provides mental and physical stimulation for busy dogs, and builds your relationship as you and your dog learn to communicate with each other during the search.  
Dogs need to be able to wait in your car, or quietly in a crate with other dogs nearby, between searches.

For a nosework demo see:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkXtAup14Sg
To see the benefits of nosework for a timid dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5ddss9bfR0



INTRO TO NOSEWORK - INTERIORS/CONTAINERS

Limited to 5 dogs, age 4 months and older.         5 weeks        $150

This intro course will teach the basic concepts of scent work, including how canine noses work, how odor moves, and how to read your dog. Students will have an opportunity to provide their dogs with experience figuring out scent puzzles and will focus mainly on the first two elements: containers and interiors. Due to the structure of the class--one dog searching at a time--dogs who are not working need to be comfortable in a crate in an adjoining room, resting quietly near their owner, or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search.  In this way, we can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs. Contact Holly directly if your dog has reactivity issues or for questions about the class.  

None scheduled at this time.

Held at Vermont Dog Club in Essex.     Register at:   http://vermontdogclub.com/calendar2/


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INTRO TO ODOR--Level 1

Limited to 4 dogs, age 4 months and older.         6 weeks        $155   

The next step for students who have completed the Introduction to Nosework- Interiors and Containers course. During this class we will introduce dogs to birch, the first of 3 odor oils used in competition, and teach them that finding this odor means a big reward! Students will learn how to properly handle the oils and how to begin switching your dog over from food to odor. This where learning to "read" your dog becomes imperative, as the hides will not generally be visible. This is where the fun really happens!  Due to the structure of the class--one dog searching at a time--dogs who are not working need to be comfortable in a crate in an adjoining room or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search. We can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs. Contact Holly directly if your dog has reactivity issues or for questions about the class. 

Sundays starting April 29 - June 3   4pm     


Held at HSCC.                Register at https://www.chittendenhumane.org/Dog-Training

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NOSEWORK: EXTERIORS AND VEHICLES   (OFFERED IN WARMER WEATHER​).

Limited to 5 dogs, age 4 months and older.          6 weeks

This class will introduce dogs to focused searches outdoors. They will be searching building exteriors, lawns and fields, and wooded areas. They will also begin searching vehicle exteriors.  Due to the structure of the class--one dog searching at a time--dogs who are not working need to be comfortable in a crate nearby, or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search.  We can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs. Contact Holly directly if your dog has reactivity issues or for questions about the class.

Prerequisite: Intro to Nosework: Interiors, or permission of instructor. Dogs who are just beginning the Nosework game should start with the Interior class as there are fewer distractions indoors so they learn the game faster. However, if your dog has significant practice finding things outdoors it may be OK to start with this class and take Interiors later. Please contact Holly to discuss this possibility. 

None scheduled at this time.

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Questions ???????

Q: Why does only one dog search at a time?  Can't my quiet dog stay next to me while another dog searches?
A:  It is important that only one dog be in the search area at a time, and is one of the rules of the sport. This allows the searching dog to focus completely on the search and not be distracted (through fear, food guarding, or curiosity) by the presence of other dogs.  This allows dogs with fear/reactivity issues to play the game, and often helps them get past these issues.  It is also important that handlers watch as others search, as observation of other dogs and handlers is part of the learning process.


We can accommodate dogs with mild to moderate reactivity to dogs or people if:
                                                    1) they have never bitten any person or dog  
                                                    2) they can safely be within 6 feet of people who are seated
                                                    3) they can stay safely in your vehicle when they are not searching
If you think your dog may be able to do this but are not sure, please contact Holly at 540-0219.

All dogs will need proof of current vaccinations.

​Here's what recent students say about the class:

"Tabitha is afraid of a lot of things; it takes a lot of effort to get her used to new situations without stressing her out. We wondered 
if she could deal with a class. The nosework class has been the perfect activity for her--she gets to socialize with people and 
dogs from a safe distance, learn new skills, and best of all, build confidence. Every time she conquers a fear, she walks 
a little taller, and that means the world to both of us. We are excited to keep progressing to the next levels 
of nosework, and see how much more she can grow!" - M.L.

"My dog Jasper, who is typically a fearful guy, shows so much joy and focus when involved in nosework. He starts 
jumping with anticipation as soon as he sees the building where class is held." - M.S.

Update: Wanted to let you know I've discovered a new (wonderful) side effect of nosework...
Now that's it's summer, Jasper has been extra stressed out due to thunderstorms, firecrackers, and construction in the basement below my apartment. But I discovered that no matter how scared he is, he's always up for nosework. After a couple rounds of "Find It," he goes from cowering/trembling/heavy panting to happy with tail held high. This is so awesome!!!  I'm sure I'll be using this technique all summer to calm him down.
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COMING UP!

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Occasionally offered


*Crate Games--dogs learn self-control while learning to really love their crate!
(sneak peek:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebjBo_spqG0  )

*Dogs and Storks/Dogs and Toddlers presentations:  how to prepare your dog for a new baby, or newly mobile toddler, and how to keep young children and dogs safe and happy with each other.
http://www.youtube.com/user/familypaws


If you are interested in knowing more about any of these classes, registering, or to be contacted once the classes are scheduled, please get in touch (info above).

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