We are revamping our training programs to better fit our philosophy and goals. Please check back for announcements about our training classes. We hope to continue to offer our popular K9 nose work classes soon!
Camp Wagging Tails is pleased to announce the Charlotte Area’s first certified classes in K9 Nose Work, the fastest growing dog sport in the country.
Nose work is a recreational form of the long standing use of dogs as scent detectives. Dogs learn how to identify and search for specific odors and to find the source. While training begins with treats and other “reward” based odors, dogs quickly develop a keenness for the hunt and can be trained to search for almost anything, including drugs, chemicals, people, insects, mold, or even disease. Also, dogs must learn to find the source of the odor in different locations including boxes, containers, interior spaces, exterior spaces, and vehicles. After these foundational techniques and the hunt drive are established, dogs can continue to work their way through complex search scenarios all the way up to the competition level in trials.
This bonding between owner and dog is perhaps the best of many benefits of nose work. As owners develop the ability to rely on and understand their dog in specific situations, key elements of trust, communication, and direction increase that spill over into other aspects of the owner-pet relationship. Obedience training is neither required nor specifically addressed, but many nose work enthusiasts report a greater capacity for training and better behavior. The sport is also physically and mentally challenging for dogs and helps them channel their instinctual behaviors productively. Finally, nose work builds confidence in dogs. Born with a very powerful ability, this training teaches them to understand it, trust it, and strengthen it much like an athlete hones his or her skills.
Check out this Nose Work Article from the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians Newsletter
Welcome Home Puppy!
Have you welcomed a new puppy into the household? The first year is critical in establishing balance, socialization, and the proper owner/pet relationship to ensure a happy, healthy, and well-behaved dog. This class provides the critical foundation for a life-long training relationship. For the first time dog owner or for those who want to “do it right this time,” our puppy class is designed to begin as soon as you bring your new best friend home
Puppies should be between 8 & 16 weeks and have all puppy shots. Topics covered include:
- Proper socialization to people and dogs
- Practical/useful obedience imprinting
- Reading your pups body language
- House training in 3 steps
- Meeting physical and mental needs through proper communication
Pet CPR/First Aid
A course teaching basic pet first aid techniques. Knowing these skills could save a pet’s life! This is a great course for kids and teens. This course is taught in one 6-hour session, and will cover the following topics:
- Restraining & muzzling
- Primary assessment
- Rescue breathing
- Canine & feline CPR
- Choking management
- Bleeding & shock management
- Snout-to-tail assessment for injury & wellness
- Assessing vital signs
- Insect bites & stings and snakebites
- Heat & cold injuries
- Caring for the senior pet
- Pet First-Aid kit contents
Students should NOT bring their dogs or cats to this class!
Please call us if you have a group of 10 or more (we love Boy and Girl Scouts!), and we can set up a class for your group!