CEU Event: Seeking Therapy? What Makes a Nose Work Class Therapeutic and Why

When: 05/23/2020 12:00am to 05/25/2021 11:59pm
Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge: 0.00 CBCC-KSA Knowledge: 1.00
CPDT-KSA Skills: 0.00 CBCC-KSA Skills: 0.00

* Courses approved for CBCC-KA CEUs may be applied to a CPDT-KA recertification. Courses approved for CPDT-KA may not be applied to a CBCC-KA recertification.


If you haven’t heard that “nose work is therapeutic for dogs”, you must be living under a rock. No, even then I am sure some dogs would have come up and sniffed at your rock with owner in tow, who waited patiently while her dog gathered all the information from your hiding spot. On seeing you, she would startle (what are you doing under the rock, anyway?), and on composing herself she would tell you, “I let him sniff as long as he wants now on walks, because it’s good for him to use his nose”. And there you have it, the latest dog owner belief. Thankfully, this belief has a bit more substance to it than common owner beliefs from the past, and even more importantly there is no harm in it for their dogs. As more and more pet dogs are given opportunities to use their nose, the anecdotal evidence builds that a dog that uses their olfactory system regularly will often show a reduction in the behaviors we all link with negative emotional states – anxiety, reactivity and aggression. It really does sound too good to be true. But not sniffing is “therapeutic”. Especially when we look at class situations, instructors offering these classes have to be very, very good at reading the animals (both dogs and humans) in their classes and being able to quickly modify the antecedents and consequences to give each an experience that builds confidence. In this session, I will share with you some of the learning experiences both myself and my close nose work pals have had and the incredible learning opportunities we have been blessed with on the way.

Sponsor:IAABC Foundation
Speaker(s):**Peta Clarke, CPBC

Contact: IAABC Foundation
 Email: info@iaabc.org
 Web: https://m.iaabc.org/