While nose work is an excellent mental and physical exercise for all dogs, it offers particular benefits for shy canines, helping them build confidence, trust, and a positive outlook on the world around them. In this video by training consultant Sara McLoudrey, Diane Brodie helps her rescue dog, Bandit, search for treats in a park. When Bandit first arrived at Diane’s house, he was so fearful that he would not come inside from the yard. However, by engaging in nose work, Bandit is learning to explore and become more comfortable with his environment. This is a significant milestone for Bandit; previously, he would not take food from his Diane's hand or a bowl. Sara emphasizes the importance of this progress, stating, “The fact that he is eating and searching in a park with distractions around is huge!”
If you're looking for more ways to help your reluctant pup open up to new, positive experiences, we invite you to join Sara McLoudrey for our upcoming KPA LIVE class Hesitant Hounds: Encouraging Courage. Enrollment opens on May 31 and spots will be limited.