Features April 2013 Issue

Sniff This; You’ll Feel Better

Before being introduced to nose work, Maple, a West Valley (Los Angeles) shelter dog, was scared to leave her kennel . . .

Sniff This; You’ll Feel Better

How a simple, fun scenting game can help shelter dogs cope (and get adopted!).

Shelter volunteer Katherine Kekel stood at the end of a long hallway and struggled to keep a grip on Tia, a pit bull-mix, as the dog strained at her harness. Unable to contain the dog any longer, Katherine let go. The well-muscled dog sprinted down the hallway, put on the brakes, and made a sharp right turn into a small room. The hunt was on! Tia was playing K9 Nose Work® at the Cherokee County Animal Shelter (CCAS) in Canton, Georgia. Her prey? A cotton swab scented with birch essential oil.

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