Training: Nose Work

A low impact sport that develops dogs' natural scenting abilities by using their curiosity, desire to hunt, and their love of food and/or toys.

What is Nose Work?

Nose Work (or as some like to call it, scent detection) is the new, exciting, dog sport created to develop dogs’ natural scenting abilities by using their curiosity, desire to hunt, and their love of food, and/or toys. It’s a great way for any dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.

Have you ever seen search & rescue or drug/bomb sniffing canines work and been in awe of their skill at following & detecting odor? Did you know that dogs have hundreds of millions of odor receptors (40 times more than humans!)? All dogs are born with the natural prey instinct to search and follow scent. It is their strongest survival instinct. Nose Work (scent detection) simply allows dogs to use those impressive skills & shape them into a low impact sport we can share with them.

Why Participate in Nose Work?

It’s a great way for any dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. The founders’ techniques training nose work and scent detection make this one of the most accessible activities for the widest variety of dogs and owners regardless of previous training experience.

pawLow impact
pawBurns lots of mental & physical energy in 10 minute exercises
pawIt can be done anywhere or anytime!
pawNo expensive equipment is required!
pawThe dog wins EVERY time!

What dogs are best suited for this sport?

The short answer is ANY DOG with a working nose! Each dog & handler team will work individually in the class. Exercises can be done on leash & only one dog is in the training area at a time. This allows each team the optimum training opportunity with minimal distractions & allows dogs who don’t do well in the typical multi-dog class environment to participate in class, such as dogs anxious or reactive to people or other dogs.

Nose Work and Scent detection take advantage of the dog’s natural skills. Newly adopted, foster dogs, shy or timid dogs can learn become more confident in new environments. This helps reactive dogs build confidence & learn to focus on task while learning to ignore the things that puts them over the top. Visually or hearing impaired dogs can use their nose to have a job & have fun. Older dogs, retired performance dogs, or dogs with minor physical problems can also participate because this is a low impact sport.

Our Nose Work Classes

Training nose work begins with simple searches in cardboard boxes & gradually progresses to challenging searches in & around buildings & vehicles. The dog has a new puzzle to solve on each search & the dog wins EVERY time!

Level 1 Nose Work: Intro to Nose Work

In this introductory class, dogs learn to find cookies/toys in boxes – Boxwork. This teaches them to play the game. The first odor, Birch, will be added if dogs are ready. Outdoor searches are introduced.

All classes held at Comfy K9's.

Level 2 Nose Work: Intro to Odor

Dogs learn to find birch odor in new places both indoors and outdoors as well as in box drills. Car searches are introduced.

All classes held at Comfy K9's.

Level 3 Nose Work: Advanced Competitive Nose Work

Searches become more complex…more distractions, different heights and depths. Additional odors are introduced as dogs are ready. This class prepares for competition for those interested.

This class is a traveling class. Classes meet on location.

What You Need to Know Before Coming to Class

pawAll dogs must be either cookie or toy motivated.
pawDogs must be leash trained (“normal” pulling is not a problem).
pawAggressive dogs - private lessons only please.
pawAges 6 months to Seniors.

Class is 6 weeks for $120.00 Pre-Registration Required

Contact Us to learn more about Nose Work and training your pup!

Current Class Schedule

As of January 2017

Tuesday

6:00PM - Puppy Class
7:00PM - Obedience

Thursday

6:00PM - Adv. K9 Nose Work®
7:00PM - Working Obedience

Saturday

9:30AM - Intro to K9 Nose Work®

Please call for latest schedule & openings.

$120 Nose Work Classes (6 Week Session)
$114 All Other Classes (6 Week Session)
$45 Private (One Hour)