By Anne Lill Kvam, Turid Rugaas
Nosework is the only activity that allows the dog to live his instincts and use his natural abilities in such an enjoyable way for both himself and his human companion; this helps the dog to find balance and self-confidence and to develop a relationship of serene cooperation with his owner who will discover a new understanding of his dog and of it’s singular capabilities.
“The dogs that I trained in Angola were capable of finding anti-man mines that had been buried 20 centimetres underground 10 years earlier. A South African colleague told me about a dog who had signalled the presence of a mine at a distance of 30 metres. Why then are we surprised about Rambo’s excitement when the female who lives 4 kilometres away is in heat?” Anne Lill Kvam
This DVD takes an in-depth look at tracking, an activity in which the dog must find and follow the scent of a specific person or animal (for example someone who is lost in the bush), ignoring all the possible distractions in its surroundings and other tracks that could distract or interfere with the main one.
There are many different ways of using a dog’s sense of smell, but they are all based on the incredible ability that they have to detect a specific scent and discriminate it from all the rest. All the activities are explained clearly and thoroughly and can be offered to our dogs as a stimulating and enjoyable game, or can be used as a starting point for “professional” training, for example at a search and rescue dog unit or for the police.
Anne Lill Kvam’s passion for working with dogs began in 1986 when she trained her dog for search and rescue. Student of Turid Rugaas’s school, she has worked as a full time instructor since 1996. From 1997 to 2000 she worked in Angola for the ‘Norwegian Peoples Aid” organization for the clearing of anti-man mines. She was responsible for the instruction of the dogs and their conductors as well as supervisor in the operations of mine removal. Since returning to Norway she has managed her dog training school “Troll Hundeskole” and has become a highly requested speaker in particular as an expert in scent discrimination.
Turid Rugaas has been working with dogs for more than forty years. At the end of the 80’s, along with her colleague Stale Odegard, she studied, described and systematized “Calming Signals” in the dogs. Her book and videos on the subject in their numerous translations have been, and are, amongst the best sellers in the specific field where they constitute recognised points of reference all over the world.