All About K9 Nose Work®

K9 Nose Work® is a sport for dogs and owners that was created and sanctioned by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). The activity is based on the training of professional scent detection dogs. Elements of the training are used in K9 Nose Work®, but it is for sport/fun purposes only.

K9 Nose Work® encourages your dog to use their natural hunting drive for picking up scents and locating where it is coming from. The training teaches you to read your dogs body language as they move into odor and communicate that to you. It isn't an obedience-based activity. It taps into your dog's instinct to hunt and track scents. There is minimal interaction with the owner during the activity, and independence is welcomed. While minimal, the owner interaction is easily one of the most important parts of the team which becomes more and more evident as you progress.

Some benefits of K9 Nose Work®

  • Build a stronger bond between you and your dog.

  • It is a great sport for senior, shy or dog reactive dogs as each dog works one at a time. 

  • Dogs burn lots of energy.

  • Searches can be done almost anywhere.

A Little about the Classes

Introduction to K9 Nose Work® will set up a strong foundation of your dog learning about this fun and exciting game and you will have a solid start on the body language changes to look for in your unique dog. This class is a 6-week commitment. We meet once a week for one and a half hours. (Subject to change based on enrollment)

By the end of the Introduction to Odor Class your dog will be able to find at least one but often up to three scents, wherever you decide to hide it. You will also know how to introduce any odors you deem important if you are opting to compete in other venues. This class is a 6-week commitment. We meet once a week for one and a half hours. (Subject to change based on enrollment)

Drop-In Classes introduce different environments. Every week may be in a different location. This class requires no commitment. You sign up for and pay weekly. All levels welcome as long as your dog is on odor. 

What can I do with all these new skills?

There are now multiple venues offering scent detection trials where skills can be tested, friends can be made and accolades can be collected. In competitions, there are various elements to be searched, some of which are: interiors, exteriors, containers and vehicles. This varies slightly across venues.

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