Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Fun Nosework Video!

Here's a short video of the "Intro to Odor" Class. We are having a great time in Boxford.
So far there are twenty-five Nosework students enjoying the experience with their dogs.
We are working towards having trials and kicking the butts of all visiting nosework competitors
from the left coast.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Beyond The Leash has been invited to give a K9 Nosework Seminar at MasterPeace Dog Training in Franklin, MA. on Sunday December 6th, 2009 from 9am to 4pm.
The title of the seminar is "Introduction to Canine Nosework". There have been 12 to 15 slots made available. I have been told that they have a spacious 8000 square foot training room to hold the seminar in. A description of the event is as follows:
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The sport of K9 Nose Work and Fun Nose Work classes are designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. Find out just how good your dog's nose really is!
Scott's approach to teach dogs to do scent work is based on some of the foundation techniques used in K-9 detection. This unique curriculum promotes a positive, fun and motivationally-based methodology.
To sign up for this exciting event please contact MasterPeace Dog Training at 508-553-9300 or visit them online at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Boxford Nosework in the news.

Beyond The Leash dog training in Boxford, MA. recently was featured in the TRI-TOWN TRANSCRIPT. The article focuses on the new dog sport called K9 Nosework orFun Nosework. A link is provided within the text above. But if that fails I have copied and pasted the article below.
BOXFORD - In a world where dogs are used to wearing plaid sweaters and eating treats that look like miniature T-bone steaks, one Boxford resident is offering to guide your canines back to their primal instincts.Using some of the same methods that teach dogs to search for bombs and drugs, Washington Street resident Scott Williams has begun teaching “nose work” classes at Lincoln Hall. The lessons, he said, have the potential to turn a pampered Pomeranian into a hunter.“You’re really trying to channel the dog’s natural instincts and drives,” said Williams, who moved to Boxford in June. The classes are recreational activity for both the dog and the owner, Williams said.While it has been gaining momentum on the West Coast, canine nose work isn’t well known in these parts. Williams, a certified nose work instructor, is running one of only a dozen or so classes in the country, and is the only certified individual teaching on the East Coast.Using the downstairs in Lincoln Hall, the former Los Angeles resident begins by setting up small cardboard boxes in a line down the length of the room. Putting a dog treat or food in one box, he has the owner walk his or her dog down the line until it finds the right box.“We teach them to search and hunt using food,” Williams said.Nose work is contradictory to most types of training in the sense that you are trying to push the dog to follow itself and not the owner. He said owners have to be careful about giving subconscious visual cues to their pets, such as slowing down around the box with the food in it.“Ultimately, we want the dog to follow its nose,” Williams said.The class work ranges from finding a piece of food in a line of boxes to eventually letting the dog off the leash on a vehicle search to find a birch-scented Q-tip.Since starting Boxford classes in late August, Williams has seen enough interest in the lessons that he will also be offering them at the Community House in Hamilton.In the four months since moving to the area, he has received requests by a number of dog trainers to give tutorials on nose work teaching. Last week, the dog trainer was invited to the state police academy in Vermont to take part in a detection-training workshop.The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Boston has also shown an interest in training, he said. Williams said since nose work focuses on improving a dog’s motivation and autonomy, it’s ideal for helping abused dogs that are timid and afraid.The next set of classes in Boxford begins on Sunday Oct. 18 at Lincoln Hall. Williams is offering advanced classes, which begin at 1 p.m. and the introductory course that begins at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Classes in Hamilton begin on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Community House.The course includes six classes.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cane is out...Malinois really do sleep. I have proof!.

As the saying goes "A picture is worth a thousand words..." I'm going to bed. Good Night!

Intro to K9 Nosework Graduates!

Well, The very first session of "Intro to Nosework" has ended. We had two classes running back to back. The first class had six dogs and the second class had five. Out of eleven dogs, nine dogs graduated and are moving on to our "Intro to Odor" Class that starts on Oct. 18th. I am very pleased with the commitment of the handlers and I am always impressed with how quickly dogs learn when given the freedom and guidance to do so.
These first classes have really been a great experience for me as an instructor. The New Englanders that I've met through these classes are the best. I don't consider myself a "people person" but when dogs are the common denominator, I have no problem chatting for hours on end about dog related stuff. That's why I started Beyond The Leash!
Thank you all again for your support. I love what I do and am so fortunate to be able make a living doing it. These are lean times for all of us these days and I will continue to work hard to make your experience in K9 Nosework well worth the time and money. THE FUN IS JUST BEGINNING!