Nose Work Training

Sniffing Games / Intro to Nose Work

Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.

K9 Nose Work starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and competition skills are taught.

Dogs of all ages, breeds and temperament (shy, rambunctious, energetic or even dog reactive/selective) are welcomed and can enjoy the games safely. Each dog is worked individually in class with no other dogs present in the search area.


This class is for dogs who have never done any Nose Work or are working on their first target odor and have not taken an Odor Recognition test or competed in any Nose Work venue. This class will be repeated until student is ready to move up to Mixes-level classes.

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Intermediate Mixed-Level Nose Work


This class is for dogs already working on odor and ready for increased search challenges. Dogs should be working a minimum of one odor, Birch, but may have been introduced to Birch, Anise and Clove. 

In this class we will focus on the skills needed to get the team ready for competition. Teams do not need to have titles in any organization.

This class features motivational and skill-building exercises.  We will utilize both interior and exterior areas to prepare you for that first competition! Containers, Interiors, Vehicle searches, Exterior searches and buried hides will be introduced. We will explore the wonderful worlds of pooling and converging odor and prepare you mentally for the trial experience. 

Advanced/Competition Nose Work (NW3 or equivalents and beyond)

In this class we pump up the volume and tackle the skills needed to be successful trialing at the NW3, Elite levels in NACSW.

This class is for dogs working at the NACSW NW3 (or equivalent) level and above. Dogs should be working a minimum of three odors: Birch, Anise and Clove. They do not need to have titled in any organization.

This class features skill-building exercises for complex scent puzzles such as inaccessible and elevated hides, converging odor, and a variety of different types of searches. Clear rooms, large search areas and multiple hides will be among the fun that is upper level Nose Work training. 

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