K9 Nose Work FAQ’s

What is Nose Work?
It's scent work fun for dogs! Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The activity and sport of K9 Nose Work® is designed to develop your dog's natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It's a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.

Are there any training recommendations?
Completion of at least one basic training class is required. However, the class can accommodate dogs of any training level. Dogs should be capable of handling confinement during the class, either in a crate or a pen away from their handlers. Since each dog and handler team works one at a time, even mildly reactive and shy dogs can participate.

What should I expect in Nose Work class?
All dogs work one at a time, and will be crated during their down time. This class is a great for newly adopted dogs and helps them become more confident in new environments. The Intro to Nose Work class can be repeated many times as the level of difficulty will be adjusted as the dog gains better skills. It's also a great class for dogs that need a lot of mental and physical stimulation, but have a hard time in classes with other dogs. They will have an opportunity to build confidence in new environments, and working around obstacles without the stress of interactions with other dogs.

How do I get started?
The best way to get started is to attend one of our Intro to Nose Work classes taught by a Certified Nose Work Instructor(CNWI).

Nose Work Classes

Classes listed below are SIX WEEK SESSIONS -

To register online go to:   SCHEDULE    

INTRO to NOSE WORK: An introduction to the new and exciting dog sport K9 Nose Work. Here, dogs get to use their noses, much like detection dogs do. Dogs love the activity and it builds confidence and enrichment, plus it’s fun! Dogs are introduced to box work and other environmental objects to find the odor source (initially it’s food treats). The handler will develop leash-handling and observational skills. Adding challenges is individualized to the needs and skills shown by the dog/handler team. This process continues until teams are confident working the four elements: containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles.
Intro to NW is structured into (three), six week sessions.
NOTE: Additional sessions may be needed to meet all the challenges as determined by the instructor.
Fee per session: $95 Training Member,  $165 Non Member

INTRO to ODOR: For dogs who have developed solid skills and confidence in finding their food source with a variety of challenges and locations. In this class, they will be introduced to their first scent (sweet birch). The scent and food treats are paired together repeating the box work indoor, outdoor, and vehicle challenges introduced in Intro to Nose Work. As the scent becomes important to the dog, handling and hides continue and become more challenging. Intro to Odor is structured into (two) six week sessions.

NOTE: Additional sessions may be needed to meet all the challenges as determined by the instructor.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to NW.
Fee per session: $95 Training Member,  $165 Non Member

NOSE WORK 1: For dogs who can identify their scent (either odor alone or occasionally paired with food). You’ll continue to build excitement as the “hides” become more challenging. Handlers will continue to hone their leash-handling and dog-observational skills, being able to identify when their dog is “on odor”. You will work on location and environmental challenges, elevation challenges and vehicle challenges. At this point, many dogs will be preparing for their Odor Recognition Test, the first step to competing in Nose Work trials. But if competition is not your thing, this is just plain fun for you and your dog.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro to Odor.
Fee per session:  $165 Non Member   Discounted fee for Training Members

NOSE WORK 1 & 2, and NOSE WORK 2: It will add significantly more challenges such as multiple hides/odors, mixed container types with distractions, elevated and inaccessible hides, and multiple vehicles. The second odor (Anise) will be introduced. At this level dogs will search for birch and anise or a combination.

Prerequisite: This class is for those teams who have passed the NW1 test.
Fee per session:  $165 Non Member  Discounted fee for Training Members

Questions? Contact us at enroll@dtccc.org or call 610-280-6960 

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