Resources

TRAINING RESOURCES


PODCASTS

All About Scent Work Podcast – Hosted by NACSW certified nose work instructor Dianna Santos

Scentsabilities Nose Work Podcast – Hosted by top competitor and instructor Stacy Barnett

K9 Detection Collaborative Podcast – Hosted by Robin Greubel, Crystal Wing, and Stacy Barnett

Controlled Aggression Podcast –  Hosted by Jerry Bradshaw of Tarheel K9 – Professional scent detection topics but relevant to nose work (episodes including 15, 35, 36, 42, 46, 47, 73, 74) – a particularly recommended episode is Direct vs Indirect Detection Protocols which describes the same reasons that the K9 Nose Work methodology for pet dogs focuses on building hunt drive and allowing the dog to self-reward in the initial stages.

Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast – Topics include nose work and trialing (episodes 116, 218, 222, 91)

K9s Talking Scents Podcast – Hosted by Cameron Ford of Ford K9 – Guest speakers are mainly law enforcement detection trainers, but there are occasional researchers, conservation dog folks, search and rescue trainers and more.

 

BIOTHANE LEASHES & LONG LINES

All vendors below sell the easy-to-clean durable Biothane leashes. They each have their own names for them, but there are 2 basic types: rounded rope style vs flat style. You’re welcome to try out my leashes in class to see which kind you prefer.  I recommend 12 to 15 ft length leashes for nose work purposes, with 12 being for small or slow-moving dogs and 15 being for big or fast-moving dogs.

Palomine Lines – 1/4″ Rope Line ~or~ 1/2″-wide Flat Lines

Ruff Stuff (Oahu-based) – Tracking Line or 3/8″-wide Micro Leash (you’ll have to custom order 10-15 ft lengths)

Mid-Atlantic K9 – 1/4″ Rope ~or~ 1/2″-wide Schutzhund Tracking Lead

 

TREAT POUCHES

For nose work training, I recommend treat pouches that enable easy, fast and quiet access to the treats. The pouches listed below may be used in conjunction with a pouch liner which is easy to wash, so you don’t have to wash the entire treat pouch.

Rapid Rewards Deluxe Training Pouch by Doggone Good

Paw Lifestyles Treat Pouch

Dog Training Apron MEGA Pooch Pouch by Leash Play Love

Rock Climbers’ Chalk Bag – Etsy or Amazon

DigBags Dog Trainer Bag – Holds two plastic cups so you can separate dry treats from moist treats, or you can use one side for treats and the other for toy

The Original Trainer’s Pouch – Large standalone silicone pouch; no pouch liner required

Voila Silicone Pouch – Large and small silicone pouches with easy to open/close mouth

 

TREAT POUCH LINERS  – Good for greasy or moist treats; may be used in conjunction with treat pouches above

Silicone Dog Treat Pouch – Rectangular – Fits inside 2- or 3-pocket Training Apron; may have to cut the top for easy access to treats

Toddler’s Hard Plastic Drink Cup (Short) – Small short cup with wide mouth that fits inside most treat pouches; 3-inch depth for easy treat-grabbing; plastic cups should also be available at Longs and other drug stores.

Sterile Plastic Cups (Tall) – This and other taller drink cups will fit well in the DigBags Trainer Bag


BACK-RING HARNESSES

Julius K9 (Powerharness)

Clean Run Harness

Excellent Elite Spanker Training Harness (Style DG120)

Excellent Elite Spanker Tactical Harness (Style DG110)

Excellent Elite Spanker Service Dog Harness (Style DG117)

Tactical Dog Harness Military Style

Search and Rescue Harness


HARNESSES with BOTH BACK & FRONT RINGS

Dean & Tyler Universal No Pull Dog Harness (BLACK)

Dean & Tyler Universal No Pull Dog Harness (ORANGE)

Leashboss Reflective and Padded Harness

Wonder Walker Harness

Didog Flannel Harness with Reflective Line

Freedom Harness

Balance Harness


CUSTOM HARNESS PATCHES

Custom Patches (works with harnesses with velcro straps)


SHADE CLOTHS / VEHICLE BARRIERS

Amazon.com Aluminet Shade Cloth Panels

Clean Run Aluminet Shade Cloths

Breezeguard Window Screens

Car Ventilation Tailgate Locks from CleanRun or Leerburg

 

SOFT DOG CRATES

Top 6 Best Dog Soft Crates

 

ODOR KITS and NOSE WORK SUPPLIES

How to make scented swabs (video tutorial)

All Good Dogs
The Starter Kit with Anise/Birch/Clove includes not only pre-scented q-tips and tins, but also the oils which will allow you to make additional scented q-tips.

K9NW Source
You will need to order the NACSW Essential Oils as well as the NACSW Multi-Odor Kits (listed under Complete Training Kits).

The K9 Nose
The K9 Nose’s Deluxe NACSW kit is similar to the All Good Dogs kit, but they have smiley face tins instead of rectangular tins. It’s cute, although paired food falls off more easily from circular tins.

Paws 4 Fun
The Complete Kit is similar to the others above, and also includes Quake Hold, the sticky stuff that lets you attach tins to various surfaces.

Bare Bones Nosework Supplies
The Nosework Travel Kit does not include oils but it’s an affordable way to get started. They also sell snazzy-looking camouflage tins!

Note to participants:  For those who plan to participate in UKC and AKC events, you may  purchase additional essential oils such as cypress, vetiver and myrrh.