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.

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).

Are there any training recommendations?
Nose Work can accommodate dogs of any training level but we require Beyond Basics Level 2 as a prerequisite or by permission of the class instructor.

Also- Since each dog and handler team works one at a time, dogs should be capable of handling confinement during the class, either in a crate or a pen away from their handlers.

Nose Work Classes

Classes listed below are SIX WEEK SESSIONS -

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INTRO to NOSE WORK: This activity invites dogs to use their noses, much like detection dogs do.  We start by encouraging them to search for what they love most, be it food or a toy.  We focus on building joy in independent hunting and problem solving.  As they get to know the game, shy or tentative dogs gain confidence and reckless speedsters learn to focus.  It’s a great physical workout.  Handers take on a learning challenge of their own: beginning to “read” their dogs as they search. Searches involve boxes and environmental objects.
Intro to NW is structured into two (2) six week sessions.
Fee per session: $95 Training Member,  $169 Non Member

NOSE WORK FOUNDATIONS -Introducing and developing skill at all four elements. Dogs continue to search for primary rewards working on boxes, interiors, exterior and vehicles. Handling skills are introduced.
Nose Work Foundations is structured into four (4) six week sessions.
Prerequiste-Intro to NW
Fee per session: $95 Training Member,  $169 Non Member

INTRO to ODOR: This session marks a critical phase of the dogs’ Nose Work development.  They meet their first target odor, birch. We return to boxes to create a positive association by pairing birch and the food (or toy) they love to search for.  This association is reinforced, and learning deepens, as we revisit foundation problems and exercises.  At this stage, handlers begin to participate in their dogs’ searches in a new way.  Searches also involve environmental objects.
Prerequiste-Intro to NW and NW Foundations.
Intro to Odor is one six week session.
Fee per session: $95 Training Member,  $169 Non Member 

CONTINUING ODOR:  At this level, we continue to pair birch with the dogs’ favorite treats (or toy).  Search contexts now include the three elements the dogs have already experienced: Interiors, Exteriors, and Vehicles. And we add the fourth element, Containers.  When the dogs demonstrate "odor obedience," preparation for an Odor Recognition Test (ORT) begins.  Leash handling is part of that picture.  No team is required to take an ORT.  Whether you choose to participate in Nose Work as an official sport or as an informal activity, what matters most is that everybody's having fun! 
Continuing Odor is structured into (two) six week sessions.
Prerequiste-Intro to ODOR


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.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Continuing Odor or by permission of instructor
Fee per session:  $169 Non Member   Discounted fee for Training Members

NOSE WORK 2: Will add significantly more challenges such as multiple hides/odors, mixed container types with distractions, elevated and inaccessible hides, and multiple vehicles. Additional odors will be introduced.
Fee per session:  $169 Non Member  Discounted fee for Training Members:

NOSE WORK 3 and ELITE Levels
Fee per session:  $169 Non Member  Discounted fee for Training Members:

Not sure where to begin?  Contact us for more information or assessment

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

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