Beginning Scentwork for Visually Impaired Dogs

Are you looking for a fun new activity to do with your visually impaired dog? Are you wondering if the sport of K9 Nosework might be right for you and your dog? Are you looking for an easy way to provide your dog with enrichment? Or, maybe you're looking for something to help redirect behaviors that you might find undesirable?

All of these are great reasons to try some scentwork with your dog!

This is a 4-week virtual class, so you can attend from the comfort and convenience of your own home. Your instructor is an internationally recognized expert in working with blind and deaf dogs, and she has experience working her own blind dogs in scentwork activities. She will be able to teach you how to set your dog up for success from the start.

This class is set up as a hybrid class, meaning that you have access to a pre-recorded lesson each week to watch on your own. Then you will have a live zoom session with your instructor to help you implement and practice the lessons with your own dog in real time. These zoom sessions will be scheduled with you once you're registered.

No prior experience is needed for dogs or people. You will learn how to introduce a particular search odor to your dog and will be doing easy searches together very quickly in the process.

Please take a look at the supplies needed lesson so you know what you'll need to do and gather prior to our first class.

Your Instructor

Deb Bauer KPA-CTP, TT-CAP 2, FDM
Deb Bauer KPA-CTP, TT-CAP 2, FDM

Deb is an internationally recognized expert in working with blind and/or deaf dogs. She teaches people to communicate effectively with their visually and/or hearing-impaired dogs to teach them effective life skills, fun tricks and to ensure a happy and wonderful quality of life. She has published several books - perhaps the most well-known book about living with and teaching blind and deaf dogs is Through A Dark Silence.

Deb Bauer has over 30 years of teaching and consulting experience working with dogs and their people. She is a holistic dog behavior and well-being coach. Deb assists and supports people who wish to give their dogs the very best lifestyle possible, meeting their needs, and also creating calm, well-behaved companions.

In addition to her focus on blind/deaf dogs, Deb has extensive experience teaching and competing with dogs in a variety of activities such as therapy and assistance work, agility, obedience and rally, media work, scent work, and more. She also has extensive experience rehabilitating dogs showing excessive fearful and reactive behaviors, such as those from commercial breeding facilities and hoarding situations. She regularly works with rescues and shelters to assist with getting dogs ready for new homes.

Deb holds multiple certifications in areas of training, behavior, wellness and well-being. This allows her to offer you and your dog the most useful and comprehensive plan for success. She is committed to continuing her education to stay up to date on the most current research and information to bring to her clients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This class begins when you register and will be for four consecutive weeks. You have access to weekly pre-recorded lessons, as well as a scheduled zoom session with the instructor weekly to practice the week's teachings.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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