K9 Nose Work Classes

Nosework is a great activity to do with your dog. All dogs love to use their noses and these classes will optimize your dog's natural scenting abilities. The dog will much appreciate it when you acknowledge and value this incredible skill your dog has. It is an exercise that is great to do with all dogs as it provides a great mental workout. It helps build a dog's confidence as well as the ability to focus. It is a class that welcomes any type of dog; shy, reactive, low-energy, high-energy. Since the exercises are conducted one dog at a time on the floor we have a lot of flexibility to set each dog up for success.

Your dog does not need to have had any prior training to take these classes. As a matter of fact you will hear the instructor say "leave the obedience at the door." This is all about the dog's ability to work and learn at his/her own pace without any pressure from the handler. It is also an activity that is super easy to set up at home so you have a great activity you can engage your dog with any time you feel like it within your own home environment.

Our K9 Nose Work classes are lead by a Certified Nose Work Instructor. This makes a big difference in how your dog is set up to succeed, one Nose Work level at a time. Click here to read more about the certification. We are one of only a few facilities in the area who has a Certified Nose Work Instructor.

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Introduction to K9 Nose Work® I (6 weeks $245)
We often, inadvertently, discourage our dogs from using their noses during walks, play in the yard and at home. This class is designed to give dogs an outlet to use their most specialized sense – smell. Your dog will learn to rely on his nose and develop the drive to hunt for food. You will learn about your dog’s amazing scent capabilities and develop observation skills to read your dog’s body language. Because we work with dogs one at a time in this class, we welcome dogs who have taken Confidence Building or the Reactive Dog class. Nosework is a great way to build confidence in your dog and strengthen the human-dog relationship. Please note that classes are structured so that dogs work one at a time in the search area. To accomplish this and to allow you to observe the other dogs in class, it is helpful but not required to crate your dog during class.
Prerequisite: none
Total students: 5

K9 Nose Work® II (6 weeks $245)
This class builds on Introduction to K9 Nose Work® I, strengthening your dog’s drive to hunt for food. You will improve your observation skills and team work with your dog, and expand the hunt for food into exterior and vehicle searches. For this class it would be helpful if your dog can be crated or confined in a separate area away from you while observing the other dogs work, but it is not a requirement. Please note that classes are structured so that dogs work one at a time in the search area. To accomplish this and to allow you to observe the other dogs in class, it is helpful but not required to crate your dog during class.
Prerequisite: Introduction to K9 Nose Work® I
Total students: 5

K9 Nose Work® III (6 weeks $245)
This class builds on the K9 Nose Work® II, harnessing your dog’s drive to hunt for food or a toy and developing your dog’s scent discrimination skills. The dogs are taught to identify birch as the first target odor. We will go back to the basics using box work, container searches and interior searches to begin imprinting the target odor. Additionally, we will continue to build dog/handler teamwork. Please note that classes are structured so that dogs work one at a time in the search area. To accomplish this and to allow you to observe the other dogs in class, it is helpful but not required to crate your dog during class.
Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work® II
Total students: 5

K9 Nose Work® IV (6 weeks $245)
This class builds on the K9 Nose Work® III, strengthening your dog’s drive to hunt for food, and introduction to odor. You will expand the hunt for odor into exterior and vehicle searches and continue to improve your observation skills and team work with your dog. Please note that classes are structured so that dogs work one at a time in the search area. To accomplish this and to allow you to observe the other dogs in class, it is helpful but not required to crate your dog during class.
Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work® III
Total students: 5

K9 Nose Work® 2/4 Combo (6 weeks $245)
This class builds on Introduction to K9 Nose Work® I and III, strengthening your dog’s drive to hunt for food. You will improve your observation skills and team work with your dog, and expand the hunt for food into exterior and vehicle searches. The search areas will be the same for both levels of students, but we will continue to hide food or toys for the Nose Work II students, and will use birch hides for the Nose Work IV students. For this class it would be helpful if your dog can be crated or confined in a separate area away from you while observing the other dogs work, but it is not a requirement. Please note that classes are structured so that dogs work one at a time in the search area. To accomplish this and to allow you to observe the other dogs in class, it is helpful but not required to crate your dog during class.
Prerequisite: Introduction to K9 Nose Work® I (for K9 Nose Work® II students) and K9 Nose Work® III (for K9 Nose Work® IV students)
Total students: 5

NEW K9 Nose Work® Advanced (4 weeks $165)
This class is for students who have taken all of our K9 Nose Work® classes and want to continue practice with a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)® to keep challenging and building on your dog's skills. Because this is an advanced class, the exercises we cover in class will depend on each participant's interest and need. Please note that classes are structured so that dogs work one at a time in the search area. To accomplish this and to allow you to observe the other dogs in class, it is helpful but not required to crate your dog during class.
Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work® IV
Total students: 5

NEW K9 Nose Work® Private Sessions ($125/session or $450/4 session package)
A one hour training session at the facility or in-home working exclusively on teaching basic or advanced concepts of nose work skills. This is a good option for (1) Students interested in nose work but would like to learn and practice it in the comfort of their own home, (2) Students who did not get into an upcoming class and would like to start sooner rather than later, (3) Students who are committed nose work practitioners and want to get that extra attention and personally tailored practice session for the need of their particular dog, (4) Students preparing for competition.