K9 Nose Work Classes

K9 Nose Work is a new sport that is sweeping the country! Dogs of all ages and sizes can participate! We capture the dog’s natural instinct to hunt – which makes it very fun and rewarding to the dog. The training is based on the training a bomb or drug detection dog would go through – but with fun for the dogs in mind! We start with food in boxes and gradually switch over to finding specific scents (Birch, Anise & Clove)

In the picture below (on the left) , Parson Russell Terrier, Shine has found a “stash” of birch in the wheel of the truck, and in the picture to the right, Border Collie, Allie has located a “stash” in the woodpile.

Shine+on+tire Allie+at+woodpile

For some dogs K9 Nose Work can be a great way to build confidence. For others it is a wonderful outlet for energy that exercises both the body and the brain! For older dogs and/or handlers, it doesn’t require a lot of physical exertion so it is a way to continue doing something fun with your dog. The training is all positive and the handler’s main job is to learn to read their dog.

A wonderful aspect to this sport is that there is very little equipment required and you can do a lot of work at your home. Also, the way the classes are set up, we do welcome dogs who may be reactive or not work well around other dogs. We do this by managing the environment, and only one dog is out and working at a time. The dogs who are not working are crated out of sight. This gives each dog working our full attention, and gives the other students a chance to observe and enjoy watching other teams.

For those that continue training, there are eventually 4 elements of search. 1) container search; 2) interior search; 3) exterior search; and 4) vehicle search.

This sport can be done simply for fun and enjoyment, but for those who enjoy competition – there are Nose Work Trials to test your dog’s search skills. You can check out the National Association of Canine Scent Work at nacsw.net for additional information.

If you really get addicted, there are various camps, workshops and seminars throughout the country.

I am a CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work. This involves much intensive training, meeting a list of specific training criteria and experience – as well as taking a series of workshops on instructing Nose Work Classes, an exam, and yearly “continuing education” workshops and seminars. The NACSW founders are a very dedicated group who come from the professional detection world. They have developed a specific method of training for people with dogs who are pets and companions – to ensure the sport stays fun for the dogs.

I normally offer 3 new “Intro to Nose Work” and “Intro to Odor” classes each year. After that, there are additional classes that progress to trial level. The advanced classes often meet at other locations to broaden the experiences of dog and handler. I also have fun days where we set up hides in a trial like environment.

The classes run in 6 week cycles and cost is $110.

The first class session is called “Intro to K9 Nose Work.” We use food in this class to develop the dogs drive to search! This class is 6 weeks and cost is $110.

The second class session is called “Intro to Odor.” In this class we introduce the target odor the dog will search for. This class is 6 weeks and cost is $110.00

For the current class schedule, please e-mail moc.liamgnull@ytiligadnuobpael. If you would like to observe a class, please e-mail me and I’ll give you the days and times of classes you might enjoy watching.

K9 Nose Work® Competitions: Leap & Bounds Hosted Tennessee’s first Nose Work Trial in October of 2015. It was a great success. We have more competitions in the works, and will continue to provide competition opportunities for students.
For more information or if you have questions, please e-mail me at moc.liamgnull@ytiligadnuobpael.