This class develops and focuses your dog’s amazing sense of smell into a fun activity you do together. Your dog starts off hunting for food or their favorite toy, searching boxes, containers, interior and exterior set ups. Independent searching, confidence, and motivation are built up in the dog. You’ll see your dog’s focus and excitement for the game increase week over week. For the handler, emphasis is on building your observational skills, reading your dog’s body language, and learning about how your dog responds to odor. Dogs who continue in this class will begin to hunt for a target odor (birch) and the challenges for the dog will increase, all in response to the individual dog’s needs. This is typically a mixed-level class, where beginners have the opportunity to see dogs who have been at this for a session or 2.