Brookfield woman starts Nosey Pup dog training in Menomonee Falls
While dogs can use their “instinctive sniffing” instincts to get into trash, grocery bags, and all kinds of trouble, Menomonee Falls business owner Mary Hanneman uses those instincts to create a fun training experience for dogs and their owners.
Hanneman, who lives in Brookfield, uses the National Association of Canine Scent Work Nose Work K-9 training for dogs of all ages.
“When the dog sniffs (an object), the dog uses a lot of brain power, and it’s much easier to live with a tired dog,” said Hanneman. “Many people learn nose work because it is easy and fun to do with their dog and have fun sniffing for their puppies.”
Her company – Nosy Pup, which she founded in August – offers individual and long-term dog training courses. Because of COVID-19, she also offers courses on Zoom.
As a training model, she uses her dog Danika – also known as Dani, Sweetpea or Dani Banani.
Hanneman, who had a career in education and training, started the company when her full-time position was cut in April due to COVID-19-related reasons. She said she used her love for dogs, teaching background, and technology training for Nosy Pup.
She is also a volunteer instructor at the K-9 Obedience Training Club in Menomonee Falls.
Zoom class provides a foundation
Hanneman said their Zoom classes are designed to provide the handler and dog with basic skills so that they can both level up to learn scent sniffing skills.
According to Nosy Pup’s website, a cotton swab is scented with a target scent and then placed in a container for the dog to look for.
“We start by getting the dog to use its nose to find food in cardboard boxes,” she said of the six-week Zoom course.
“Each week (participants) receive information in advance of the session about what skills we will be working on and what setup we will be using. Every dog is different and can be sensitive to noise, reluctant to do new things, or overly brave, so the class will adapt is that she expresses her natural hunting instinct so that every dog can be sure of finding it, “said Hanneman.
She said that each dog and handler will have multiple opportunities during each session to show off the day’s skills while Hanneman trains them.
“By the end of six weeks, the dogs will have basic skills to move on to Introduction to Smell class,” she said.
“(Sniffing) channels that instinct to find something to bring into the area, and the dog learns that there is a reward in finding it. People love doing things with their dogs as part of it of the family, “she said.
“Your dog is a family member and you want to spend quality time with your pup doing fun things,” added Hanneman.
Smell sniffing is the same idea that is used in training many working dogs, she said, such as “police dogs looking for drugs, farm dogs looking for banned fruit or vegetables, detection dogs looking for bed bugs or termites.”
According to The New York Times, there is some evidence that dogs can even be trained to sniff out COVID-19 on humans.
But not that much is at stake for Hanneman.
“I hope you bond with your dog, learn new things, and have fun,” she said. “For those who are more competitive, I’m here to help them solve problems and learn more complex skills so they can move up to higher levels.”
As part of her business, she also teaches puppy classes and puppy day training.
For more informations
The next Zoom course is scheduled for January 18th at 6:30 p.m.
For more information on exercise options and nose work training, call 414-916-1615, visit www.thenoseypuptraining.com, or search The Nosy Pup LLC on Facebook.
Cathy Kozlowicz can be reached at 262-361-9132 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @KozlowiczCathy.