The Nose Work Handler - Foundation to Finesse

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This comprehensive book takes you, the handler, from the basics through challenging advanced exercises. Color photographs and helpful diagrams, plus step-by-step instructions, walk you through the basics, coach you on improving your skills, and help you to work through errors and challenges.

Fred's years of professional experiences provide a wealth of insights and help you understand that professional scent problems are much the same as yours.

What experts are saying about The Nose Work Handler
Fred has skillfully combined science with practical handling exercises to provide a foundation for the Nose Work dog handler. Learning to handle your dog is a skill acquired over time. This book will help you to become a skillful handler.
Ron Gaunt, co-founder of K9 Nose Work

This book serves as a practical and informational guide for anyone involved in canine nose work.
Susan M. Stejskal author of Death, Decomposition, and Detector Dogs

I always enjoy Fred’s perspective on the game of nose work and this book is no exception. I especially enjoy his personal stories, which are sure to make any reader smile.
Dana Zinn, CPDT-KA, CNWI Zinn Dog Training, LLC

This is a great book that I highly recommend. Fred Helfers clearly explains what the Nose work handler can do to improve their handling performance. Good on ya, Fred.
Marion Brand, CNWI, Founder of Australian Canine Scent Work (ACSW).

Fred Helfers is a retired police narcotics detective who began handling and training detection dogs in 1982. Fred established the Canine Detection Services kennels in 1984 and trained drug detection dogs for police agencies in the Pacific Northwest. He has trained hundreds of detection dog teams in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Brazil. Fred has also trained detection dogs for insects, natural gas, and accelerants.

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  • 5
    scent work

    Posted by Brenda Hasbargen on 29th Sep 2022

    Just started this book. Already some great ideas for foundation work and handling. Very easy to ready and understand. I'M SURE this will be one I read to the end. Then goback over and reread the parts I high lighted.

  • 5
    The Nosework Handler Foundation to Finesse

    Posted by Allyson Tohme on 7th Sep 2022

    This is an extremely well-illustrated book in large print and written in a very accessible style. As the title suggests, this book focuses on handler skills which makes it unique. Apart from the noticeably brief overview of olfaction and odour and how to read your dog, the rest of the book contains specific drills on how to handle dogs on a line in a search situation both indoors and out. The author details what needs to be considered when developing search strategies including vital safety checks which are just as important to the amateur enthusiast as the operational professional to optimise the welfare of both dog and handler. He also emphasizes the importance of having a plan including that of a backup to maintain a positive, supportive outcome. All the drills are illustrated with photographs and/or diagrams so that it is clear to the reader how to conduct them, and the writer suggests carrying them out without a dog at first. Record keeping is discussed, and several pages are devoted to understanding handler errors. The rules for nose work handlers are presented in a humorous way and the book ends on suggestions for further reading, references, and a glossary. This is a good reference book for handlers and instructors alike to make sure they optimise the performance of their dogs.

  • 5
    The Nose Work Handler

    Posted by Terese Van Buren, Good as Gold Dog Training on 29th May 2018

    I highly recommend The Nose Work Handler! Fred Helfers offers both the novice and experienced nose work exercises which are clearly illustrates and explained. He shares his knowledge adding a wealth of information for the reader, along with his own narratives. A "must have" for anyone interested in scent discrimination!

  • 5
    This is a very nice, cover everything nose work book.

    Posted by Tina Leach on 7th Feb 2018

    I teach a nose work class and have purchased several books to help me with my teaching as well as to gain more knowledge in this fun sport. I found Fred Helfers "Nose Work Handler" to be an excellent book that covers all aspects of training and handling in a simple and easy to read book. I have recommended that my students get this book.

  • 5
    I like this book. It is easy to read and to undertand. I would recommend it to anyoe interested in NoseWork

    Posted by Johnnie Farmer on 2nd Feb 2018

    Interested in NoseWork?? Buy this book!!

  • 5
    This book covers a lot of material regarding nose work

    Posted by Joe on 12th Dec 2017

    An excellent book for anyone who wants to compete in nose work

  • 4
    I am immpressed by the clear cut way this author has set up this book.

    Posted by Christine on 27th Nov 2017

    I am sure this book will be instrumental in increasing my understanding and will help me be a better handler.

  • 5
    The Nose Work Handler

    Posted by Kathy S, nosework competitor and instructor on 26th Oct 2017

    This book contains excellent information for the human half of the nosework team. We had a blast running some of the drills in class. I also appreciated the chapter on canine olfaction and odor theory. I highly recommend this book to anyone involved in nosework.

  • 4

    Posted by Erika M. on 26th Oct 2017

    Good book but thin for the price - I was hoping for WAY more exercises / sample searches/ how-to for the scent bowls he uses - kinda disappointed as it is clear this guy knows his stuff, he just didn't get it into the book.