Nose work classes were started in 2006 in California. The sport is based on canine detection training employed in
narcotics and bomb detection work. Pet dogs are taught to identify and alert on essential oils - birch, clove, and anise.
Many of the same training techniques used for the narcotics and bomb work are used to train the pet dog's nose, for
fun and sport! If your dog loves food and/or toys, this is a sport for him!
All dogs have both a hunt drive and unbelievable scenting abilities. This is a sport for all dogs - large and small,
young and old, all breeds and mixed breeds, and handlers of all ages and abilities! These classes are a wonderful way
to increase your dog's confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.
Nose work is a great way to let your dog be a dog and excel in an activity that he is naturally good at (sniffing,
hunting, and exploring). At the same time you will learn more about your companion's behavior and body language
and admire his scenting skills. You and your dog will build a strong relationship built on mutual trust and communication,
by enjoying a fun and "no pressure" activity together.
There are no training prerequisites for this class; however, dogs that resource guard food or toys are not
appropriate for this class.
Classes meet for 1.5 hours twice a week for three weeks. Classes are held on weekday evening between 6
and 9 PM. The cost of the class is $120.00 per dog for the entire 6 class session. As class schedules become available,
view the classes, dates, and times on our Current Class Schedule page.
To enroll, select "Download Forms" from the menu options on the left side of the screen. After printing and completing
these forms, please return them via US Mail to the address listed on the forms. Contact our
Nose Work® Coordinator if you have any questions.
Classes offered include:
Introduction to Nose Work®
Emphasizes and builds the hunt drive in a dog through food finds in boxes and environmental objects. Finds at a
height of no more than 3 feet are introduced. Handlers learn to "reward at source" and begin to learn to read their dog's
ALERT when a find has been located.
Introduction to Odor
Teaches the dog to search for a q-tip impregnated with the vapor of birch oil and to ALERT to the handler that the
find has been located. Initial hides will be paired with food and located in boxes; as the dog progresses, environmental
objects will be added. By the end of the class, the dog will be hunting for the q-tip only. Handlers will be expected to
"reward at source" and be able to read their dog's body language when they are close to the source odor.
Continuing Nose Work®
Dogs who are able to locate birch q-tips are qualified to take this class. Birch hides will be introduced in the outdoors
and vehicle searches will be introduced. A variety of containers (luggage, purses, empty paint cans, pails, etc) will be used
for container searches. Handlers will be taught line handling, and will be expected to read their dogs when a blind hide has