Happy Tail Dog Training LLC

Positive Methods.  Positive Results.

Serving The Greater Baltimore Maryland Area

 

 

Certified Canine Behavior Specialist, The Academy of Dog Behavior

Certificate of Excellence in Science of Animal Behavior Change, Dr. Sue Friedman

   

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Supporting Member

      

Certified Nose Work Instructor, NACSW

     

Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Full Member

  

The Pet Professional Guild, Full Member

 

Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Subscription

 

 

Happy Tail Dog Training:  Positive Methods.  Positive Results. 

Located in Phoenix MD and Serving Northern Baltimore and Harford Counties

Photo: Myka, after indicating the hide location at her NACSW NW2 Trial with Gwen Marshall.  Copyright 2014 Colleen Griffith. 

K9 Nose Work™


Inspired by professional working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work provides an opportunity and outlet for the instinctive hunting and scenting abilities of all dogs, including all ages (puppies, adolescents, adults, & geriatric) and all temperaments (shy, reactive, confident, & energetic).

  • Are you interested in competing and titling in a new scent-detection sport?
  • Are you a busy person with little time for dog training?

 

  • Are you looking for a fun game to play, both indoors and outdoors, with all the dogs in your family?
  • Do you have an elderly dog or a postoperative dog with activity or movement restrictions?
  • Do you have a high-energy adolescent or a "live wire" dog in need of mental and physical exercise and you need a low-impact activity?
  • Do you have a dog-reactive dog, but want to participate in a safe group-class training environment?
  • Do you have a fearful or shy puppy or dog, and you’re looking for a way to help him become more comfortable in the world?

 

Then K9 Nose Work is for you and your dog(s)! 
 
Happy Tail Dog Training LLC offers several levels of K9NW classes, that take place in Phoenix MD and around the Greater Baltimore Area.  Read through the class offerings below to determine the best option for you.  Feel free to contact Colleen directly with any further questions. 
 
 

If you're interested in learning more about K9 Nose Work, this 6-week session is designed to
  • This class is appropriate for students who've never taken a K9 Nose Work class before.  
  • Burn tons of your dog's mental and physical energy while participating in a low-impact activity for the handler
  • Enhance your observational skills and ability to read your dog's body language and behavior for better communication, teamwork, and strengthening of the bond between dog and handler.
  • Teach you fun games to play with your dog including in small living spaces, like apartments, and during rainy days and on cold winter days
  • Create a strong foundation for competing and titling in the sport of K9 Nose Work
  • Build drive for the game through supporting your dog in his/her "hunt" for primary reinforcers and through creating increasingly more challenging scent puzzles, in multiple search environments.  
  • Your dog will be able to conduct multiple searches, in multiple environments, with environmental objects around as distractors
  • Note:  dogs work one-at-a-time (solo) with their handler in this class.  There are never other dogs in the search area, watching on the sidelines, or interacting with each other.  The purpose for this is twofold:  (1) scent-work searching is natural and fun, but it takes tremendous focus and is mentally exhausting for the dog; so downtime provides the dog with much needed time to rest and process, facilitating a great learning experience and (2) by not having to manage their own dog, handlers in the class are afforded the opportunity to focus their full attention on watching other teams search and this provides an additional opportunity for the handler to learn about all aspects of scent-work.  Because of this class format, it is possible to safely include dogs in the group class who are fearful and/or reactive (aggressive) towards other dogs (and if you have any questions/concerns regarding this, please contact Colleen directly). 

 

Course Prerequisites:  

  1. Dogs work one-at-a-time (solo) in this class and so will be crated when not being worked. So, all dogs (puppies, adolescents, adults) must be capable of quietly handling confinement, without barking, and without stress while crated away from their handlers for up to 20 minutes at a time. We will have indoor areas to crate.  Crating in cars that are appropriately set up for current weather conditions is another option that many teams use.  Handlers must bring their own crates.  Refunds will not be given for dogs unable to meet this requirement. 
  2. Students must also complete the online Pre-Training Questionnaire before they can be enrolled in a class.
  3. No obedience training or other skills required.
  4. Proof of current vaccinations required (or proof of sufficient titers).
  5. Puppies must be at least 3 months old. 
  6. This class is suitable for all dogs (including those who have previously taken this course or other scent-detection courses) and can be repeated.
  7. Intact dogs are permitted in class.  Females in season are permitted provided they wear panties when they are on site.

Frequency & Duration:  1.5 hours per week, for 6 weeks

Class Capacity:  4 teams minimum needed to hold the class; capacity capped at 5 teams max.  Classes are kept very small so that dogs and handlers get a lot of search time and personal attention from the instructor.

Tuition:  Price is $170 per working team (1 handler + 1 dog) - this translates to $18/hour of class time and is competitive with the rates of other CNWIs in MD.

Location: Trainer’s property located in Phoenix, MD (address will be forwarded upon enrollment).

Instructor:  Colleen Griffith, BS, MS, CCAC, CNWI

  • Sundays, 3PM - 4:30PM, starting Sunday March 5th, 2017 for 6 weeks.  
  • Specific dates are March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 9, and 16 2017.  There is no class on March 12th.   
  • THIS CLASS IS FULL. If you'd like to be notified if there is a cancellation, please complete the Pre-Training Questionnaire and indicate that in the comments section.
  • Registration deadline is end of day Tuesday February 28, 2017. 
  • Note, if the class does not meet the minimum enrollment by the registration deadline, the class will be cancelled and all paid tuition fully refunded.
  • After the class registration deadline, all paid fees for scheduled and confirmed group classes are non-refundable and there will be no make up sessions if the student is unable to attend any sessions in the group class.  Typically you can miss one class and your and your dog will still be able to keep up with the class without any major issues. 
  • (Note, the class that was previously scheduled to start in September has been pushed out to a start date of October since Colleen will now be out of town most weekends in September.)
  • Next offering of classes:  If you want to be notified via email when the details for the next offering of this class are finalized, please complete the Pre-Training Questionnaire and indicate you're interested in details regarding this class.
  • Private training:  If you don't want to wait for this next class to begin training in K9NW, private training is available.  Click here to learn more. 

     

    To enroll and register for the above group class, follow these steps:  
    1. Complete and submit a Pre-Training Questionnaire.  If you have already submitted one in the past, do NOT submit another unless something has changed with your dog (for example, your dog has become fearful of men, or your dog now has food allergies).
    2. Then download, complete, sign, and return the K9NW Group Class Training Agreement (click here to download).  You may scan the signed agreement and email an electronic copy to Colleen@HappyTailDogTraining.com or send through US Post Office mail (contact Colleen for mailing address). 
    3. Pay the class fee via the "Buy Now" button below 
    4. Email, fax, or mail copies of your dog's proof of vaccinations/titers to Colleen.  Contact Colleen directly for her email, fax, or mailing address. Colleen must receive proof of vaccinations/titers before the first day of class; otherwise, your dog will not be permitted on site without this proof. 
    5. Colleen will send you an email confirming your scheduled day/time once the class meets the minimum enrollment requirements.  At that time, she will also provide further instruction for the first class (such as address in Phoneix for the classes, what to bring, etc). 

     To Pay For Level 1 Intro To NW Class Via PayPal


    Level 1: Introduction to K9NW Group Class


     


    Level 2: K9NW Introduction To Odor, Group Class
    If you're interested in competing in the sport of K9 Nose Work, or interested in building upon the skills learned in the Introduction to K9 Nose Work class, this 6-week session is designed to
    • Build upon the strong foundation skills you and your dog learned in the 6 week Intro to K9 Nose Work beginner course
    • Introduce you and your dog(s) to the odor, Birch, which is utilized in the NW1 level of competition and titling in the sport of K9 Nose Work.
    • Build a strong association and therefore strong drive to hunt Birch Odor through creating increasingly more challenging scent puzzles, in multiple search environments.
    • Introduce your dog to beginner "NW1 competition-type" searches: container, interior, exterior.  Vehicles is the fourth element of an NW1 trial and will be taught in the Level 3 Continuing Odor class.
    • Begin the process of preparing you and your dog for his/her Birch ORT (Odor Recognition Test); dogs must pass their Birch ORT before they can be entered into an NW1 trial.  Completion of a Level 3 Continuing Odor class, at least, is typically necessary to fully prepare you and your dog for passing an ORT.
    • Burn tons of your dog's mental and physical energy while participating in a low-impact activity for the handler
    • Continue to enhance your observational skills and ability to read dog body language and behavior for better communication, teamwork, and strengthening of the bond between dog and handler.
    • Note:  dogs work one-at-a-time (solo) with their handler in this class.  There are never other dogs in the search area, watching on the sidelines, or interacting with each other.  The purpose for this is twofold:  (1) scent-work searching is natural and fun, but it takes tremendous focus and is mentally exhausting for the dog; so downtime provides the dog with much needed time to rest and process, facilitating a great learning experience and (2) by not having to manage their own dog, handlers in the class are afforded the opportunity to focus their full attention on watching other teams search and this provides an additional opportunity for the handler to learn about all aspects of scent-work. Because of this class format, it is possible to safely include dogs in the group class who are fearful and/or reactive (aggressive) towards other dogs (and if you have any questions/concerns regarding this, please contact Colleen directly). 

     

    Course Prerequisites:  

    1. Completion of a Level 1 Introduction to K9 Nose Work 6 week course (if you attended that course via another instructor, please submit proof of completion of the course)
    2. Demonstrated sufficient drive for the game.  If dog's are too easily distracted or environmentally sensitive such that they don't show sufficient drive for hunting for a primary reinforcer (i.e., food or a toy), it may make sense for that dog to repeat a Level 1 class.  If they don't have sufficient drive for hunting for a primary reinforcer, then it doesn't make sense to start them in the process of hunting for a conditioned reinforcer (i.e., Birch Odor).
    3. Dogs work one-at-a-time (solo) in this class and so will be crated when not being worked. So, all dogs (puppies, adolescents, adults) must be capable of quietly handling confinement, without barking, and without stress while crated away from their handlers for up to 20 minutes at a time. We will have indoor areas to crate.  Crating in cars that are appropriately set up for current weather conditions is another option that many teams use.  Handlers must bring their own crates.  Refunds will not be given for dogs unable to meet this requirement. 
    4. Students must also complete the online K9NW Pre-Training Questionnaire before they can be enrolled in a class.
    5. No obedience training or other skills required.
    6. Proof of current vaccinations required (or proof of sufficient titers). 
    7. This class is suitable for all dogs (including those who have previously taken this course or other scent-detection courses) and can be repeated.
    8. Intact dogs are permitted in class.  Females in season are permitted provided they wear panties when they are on site.

    Frequency & Duration:  1.5 hours/week for 6 weeks

    Class Capacity:  4 teams minimum needed to hold the class; capacity capped at 5 teams max. Classes are kept very small so that dogs and handlers get a lot of search time and personal attention from the instructor.

    Tuition: $170 per working team (1 handler + 1 dog) - this translates to $19.50/hour of class time and is competitive with the rates of other CNWIs in MD

    Location: Trainer’s property located in Phoenix, MD (address will be forwarded upon enrollment).

    Instructor:  Colleen Griffith, BS, MS, CCAC, CNWI

    Dates:  

    • Sundays, 4:00PM - 5:30PM, starting Sunday September 11, 2016 for 6 weeks. 
    • Specific dates are September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, and 16, 2016. 
    • Registration deadline is Thursday August 25, 2016.
    • Note, if the class does not meet the minimum enrollment by the registration deadline, the class will be cancelled and all paid tuition fully refunded.
    • After the class registration deadline, all paid fees for scheduled and confirmed group classes are non-refundable and there will be no make up sessions if the student is unable to attend any sessions in the group class.
    • Please complete the Pre-Training Questionnaire if you'd like to be added to the wait list in case someone cancels from the class. 
    • Next wave of classes:  If you want to be notified via email when the details for the next offering of this class are finalized, please complete the Pre-Training Questionnaire and indicate you're interested in details regarding this class.

       

      To enroll and register for the above group class, follow these steps:  
      1. Complete and submit a Pre-Training Questionnaire.  If you have already submitted one in the past, do NOT submit another unless something has changed with your dog (for example, your dog has become fearful of men, or your dog now has food allergies).
      2. Then download, complete, sign, and return the K9NW Group Class Training Agreement (click here to download).  You may scan the signed agreement and email an electronic copy to Colleen@HappyTailDogTraining.com or send through US Post Office mail (contact Colleen for mailing address). 
      3. Pay the class fee via the PayPal "Buy Now" button below 
      4. Email, fax, or mail copies of your dog's proof of vaccinations/titers to Colleen.  Contact Colleen directly for her email, fax, or mailing address.  Colleen must receive proof of vaccinations/titers before the first day of class; otherwise, your dog will not be permitted on site without this proof. 
      5. Colleen will send you an email confirming your scheduled day/time once the class meets the minimum enrollment requirements.  At that time, she will also provide further instruction for the first class (such as address in Phoneix for the classes, what to bring, etc). 

      To Pay for Level 2 Class Via PayPal

       


      Level 2: Introduction to Odor Group Class


      Level 3: K9NW Continuing Odor, Group Class
      If you're interested in competing in the sport of K9 Nose Work, or interested in building upon the skills learned in the Introduction to Odor class (Level 2), this 6-week session is designed to 
      • Continue to build upon the strong foundation odor hunting skills you and your dog learned in the 6 week K9NW Intro to Odor beginner course
      • Build high drive for searching at the NW1 competition level for all 4 elements: container, interior, exterior and we'll add on vehicle searches early in this class
      • Prepare you for your Birch ORT (Odor Recognition Test) - passing a Birch ORT is required before a dog can be entered into a NW1 trial.
      • Begin to prepare you and your dog for the NW1 titling and competition environment. 
      • Begin proofing for the types of distractions found in a competition environment 
      • For one or two classes, we may travel to novel location(s) to ensure dogs generalize their hunting skills and maintain high drive for sourcing odor in new and distracting environments
      • Burn tons of your dog's mental and physical energy while participating in a low-impact activity for the handler
      • Continue to enhance your observational skills and ability to read your dog's body language and behavior for better communication, teamwork, and strengthening of the bond between dog and handler. 
      • Note:  dogs work one-at-a-time (solo) with their handler in this class.  There are never other dogs in the search area, watching on the side-lines, or interacting with each other.  The purpose for this is two-fold:  (1) scent-work searching is natural and fun, but it takes tremendous focus and is mentally exhausting for the dog; so downtime provides the dog with much needed time to rest and process, facilitating a great learning experience and (2) by not having to manage their own dog, handlers in the class are afforded the opportunity to focus their full attention on watching other teams search and this provides an additional opportunity for the handler to learn about all aspects of scent-work. Because of this class format, it is possible to safely include dogs in the group class who are fearful and/or reactive (aggressive) towards other dogs (and if you have any questions/concerns regarding this, please contact Colleen directly).  

       

      Course Prerequisites:  

      1. Completion of a Level 2 K9NW Intro To Odor 6 week course (if you attended that course via another instructor, please submit proof of completion of the course)
      2. Dogs work one-at-a-time (solo) in this class and so will be crated when not being worked. So, all dogs (puppies, adolescents, adults) must be capable of quietly handling confinement, without barking, and without stress while crated away from their handlers for up to 20 minutes at a time. We will have indoor areas to crate.  Crating in cars that are appropriately set up for current weather conditions is another option that many teams use.  Handlers must bring their own crates.  Refunds will not be given for dogs unable to meet this requirement.  
      3. Students must also complete the on-line K9NW Pre-Training Questionnaire before they can be enrolled in a class.
      4. No obedience training or other skills required.
      5. Proof of current vaccinations required (or proof of sufficient titers). 
      6. This class is suitable for all dogs (including those who have previously taken this course or other scent-detection courses) and can be repeated.
      7. Intact dogs are permitted in class.  Females in season are permitted provided they wear panties when they are on site.

      Frequency & Duration:  1.5 hours/week for 6 weeks

      Class Capacity:  4 teams minimum needed to hold the class; capacity capped at 5 teams max. Classes are kept very small so that dogs and handlers get a lot of search time and personal attention from the instructor.

      Tuition: $170 per working team (1 handler + 1 dog) - this translates to $19.50/hour of class time and is competitive with the rates of other CNWIs in MD

      Location: Trainer’s property located in Phoenix, MD (address will be forwarded upon enrollment) plus some traveling classes (locations TBA once the class is scheduled). 

      Instructor:  Colleen Griffith, BS, MS, CCAC, CNWI

      Dates:  HTDT is currently surveying available days/times for a Continuing Odor class.  If you're interested in this course, please complete the K9NW Pre-Training Questionnaire and indicate all the times you're available for a group class.  Colleen will add you to a class interest list and once there is enough interest to fill a class, she'll schedule the class for the time slot that works best for the majority of folks and email the interested parties with those dates/times as well as registration instructions.   


       

       


      Level 4: K9NW Advanced Odor, Group Class
      If you're interested in competing in the sport of K9 Nose Work, or interested in building upon the skills learned in the K9NW Continuing Odor class, this 6-week session is designed to
      • Continue to build upon the strong foundation odor hunting skills you and your dog learned in the 6 week K9NW Continuing Odor course
      • Build and maintain high drive for searching at the NW2 and NW3 competition level for all 4 elements: container, interior, exterior and vehicles
      • Prepare you and your dog to pass his/her Anise and Clove ORTs
      • Prepare you and your dog for the NW1 titling and competition environment  
      • Begin to prepare you and your dog for the NW2 and NW3 titling and competition environments
      • Begin proofing for the types of distractions found in a NW2 and NW3 competition environment
      • These classes will primarily be traveling classes where we conduct searches in novel locations to ensure dogs generalize their hunting skills and maintain high drive for sourcing odor in distracting environments and for the rigorous types of searches and scent puzzles found at the NW2 and NW3 competition levels.
      • Burn tons of your dog's mental and physical energy while participating in a low-impact activity for the handler
      • Continue to enhance your observational skills and ability to read your dog's body language and behavior for better communication, teamwork, and strengthening of the bond between dog and handler.
      • Note:  dogs work one-at-a-time (solo) with their handler in this class.  There are never other dogs in the search area, watching on the side-lines, or interacting with each other.  The purpose for this is two-fold:  (1) scent-work searching is natural and fun, but it takes tremendous focus and is mentally exhausting for the dog; so downtime provides the dog with much needed time to rest and process, facilitating a great learning experience and (2) by not having to manage their own dog, handlers in the class are afforded the opportunity to focus their full attention on watching other teams search and this provides an additional opportunity for the handler to learn about all aspects of scent-work.  Because of this class format, it is possible to safely include dogs in the group class who are fearful and/or reactive (aggressive) towards other dogs (and if you have any questions/concerns regarding this, please contact Colleen directly). 

       

      Course Prerequisites:  

      1. Obtaining a NW1 title for your dog
      2. Dogs work one-at-a-time (solo) in this class and so will be crated when not being worked. So, all dogs (puppies, adolescents, adults) must be capable of quietly handling confinement, without barking, and without stress while crated away from their handlers for up to 20 minutes at a time. We may not have indoor areas to crate, so you should be capable of crating in your car that is appropriately set up for current weather conditions.  Handlers must bring their own crates.  Refunds will not be given for dogs unable to meet this requirement. 
      3. Students must also complete the on-line K9NW Pre-Training Questionnaire before they can be enrolled in a class.
      4. No obedience training or other skills required.
      5. Proof of current vaccinations required (or proof of sufficient titers). 
      6. This class is suitable for all dogs (including those who have previously taken this course or other scent-detection courses) and can be repeated.
      7. Intact dogs are permitted in class.  Females in season are permitted provided they wear panties when they are on site.

      Frequency & Duration:  1.5 hours/week for 6 weeks

      Class Capacity:  4 teams minimum needed to hold the class; capacity capped at 5 teams max. Classes are kept very small so that dogs and handlers get a lot of search time and personal attention from the instructor.

      Tuition: $170 per working team (1 handler + 1 dog) - this translates to $19.50/hour of class time and is competitive with the rates of other CNWIs in MD

      Location: Will primarily be traveling classes (locations TBA once the class is scheduled).  

      Instructor:  Colleen Griffith, BS, MS, CCAC, CNWI

      Dates:  HTDT is currently surveying available days/times for an Advanced Odor class.  If you're interested in this course, please complete the K9NW Pre-Training Questionnaire and indicate all the times you're available for a group class.  Colleen will add you to a class interest list and once there is enough interest to fill a class, she'll schedule the class for the time slot that works best for the majority of folks and email the interested parties with those dates/times as well as registration instructions.  

       

       

       


       

       

       


      Private training sessions are perfect for:
      • Dogs with strong fear and/or aggressive tendencies (barking, lunging, etc.) and/or having a bite history towards people (while in group classes, dogs will not see or interact with each other; however, they will see, and have access to, unfamiliar people).  Once a people-reactive dog has made enough progress in K9NW through private lessons, it may be appropriate for him/her to join a group class at a later date.
      • Serious dog-sports enthusiasts who want to accelerate their learning curve and performance
      • K9 Nose Work enthusiasts where group class times do not work for them or are inconvenient.
      • Dogs who need to work through any undesirable behaviors or training issues that have cropped up 
      • All private sessions will be tailored to the unique personality and drive of the dog and will progress at a pace that maintains a high motivation and drive for the game for both the dog and handler.
      • Click here to contact Colleen directly if you have any questions that are not answered here. 
        Costs:
        • $85/hour ($95/hour for people aggressive dogs)
        • Package of three lessons, 1 hour each lesson: $245 ($274 for people aggressive dogs)
        • Package of five lessons, 1 hour each lesson: $387 ($432 for people aggressive dogs)
        • Dog/handler teams may share sessions where appropriate (i.e., the teams are working at the same level so that they're searching somewhat similar scent areas and scenarios)

        Location: The trainer’s property located in Phoenix, MD (address will be forwarded upon enrollment).

        To schedule a private training session with Colleen, follow these steps: 
        1. Complete and submit a K9 Nose Work Pre-Training Questionnaire.  Colleen will get back to you to discuss training goals and to agree on a tentative training day/time.
        2. Download, complete, and return the Private Training Lesson Agreement form (click here to download) and 
        3. Pay the session Deposit fee via the "Buy Now" button below (the remainder of the fee will be due at training session) - this is the minimum required to hold your training session. Alternatively, you could pay for the entire session fee now, via the drop-down menu below.  If you prefer to pay by check, let Colleen know and she'll provide a mailing address. 
        4. Colleen will confirm your scheduled day/time and will provide any necessary further instruction.  Note, your training day/time will be finalized only after receiving the signed training agreement and deposit fee.  If Colleen doesn't receive both of those, she reserves the right to allocate your training spot to another client on her waiting list. 

         

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        K9NW™ Pre-Training Questionnaire




         

        All students must complete a pre-training questionnaire before they can be enrolled in any group K9NW classes.  Click here to access the K9NW Pre-Training Questionnaire.  

         

         



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