K9 Nose Work (R)


Age: all ages

Prerequisite: None

Cost: $200

Weeks: 6

Current Schedule:


Intro to K9 Nose Work®

Mondays, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm,  January 4, 2021 through February 8, 2021  Location: ONLINE. Instructor: Heather Rush ANWI

Class is OPEN email for waitlist


Intro to Odor

Monday, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm,  January 4, 2021 through February 8, 2021  Location: ONLINE. Instructor: Heather Rush ANWI, and Teresa Fay

Class is OPEN email for waitlist


Continuing  K9 Nose Work®

Monday, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, January 4, 2021 through February 8, 2021  Location: ONLINE. Instructor: Heather Rush ANWI, and Teresa Fay

Class is OPEN Register Here


What is Nose Work? 

K9 Nose Work® is a dog sport modeled after detection dog training. Instead of searching for drugs and explosives, the dogs are taught to search for specific essential oils. Nose Work is an enrichment activity that you and your dog can practice anywhere, regardless of age or physical limitations. It is a great confidence builder for dogs, is terrific brain work, and helps build connection, teamwork, and communication. Plus it is a lot of fun!

Online? What is an online nose work class like?

Beginning nose work is very well suited for online classes (especially during a pandemic!). We meet on Zoom, and all students work on camera. The instructor gives very specific setup instructions, and coaches students through each exercise. Students take turns with the exercises so that they can observe each other’s dogs, and they get a recording of the class, so they can go back and watch again. Observing your own dog and others is such an important part of learning nose work! As the dogs progress, students will work in new locations–different rooms, outdoors, even away from home, all according to each team’s comfort level.

What are the different class levels? Which one should I choose?

If your dog is new to nose work, you should start with Intro to K9 Nose Work. This will introduce the basic nose work concepts, and teach you and your dog the game. This class works on basic concepts like building hunt drive, increasing confidence and independent searching, and handler observation and reward skills. After the Intro class, you can move to Intro to Odor/Odor Prep, or Continuing Nose Work. Continuing Nose Work builds foundational skills for both the dog and the handler, including leash handling, problem solving, hide placement for practice, exterior searched, and vehicle searches. This is a great class for dogs who are working primary (food searches) or dogs working one, two, or all three odors. Into to Odor/ Odor Prep introduces target odors to your dog, to teach them to begin to hunt for the target odor rather than for food. In order to work target odors, dogs need to be confident in their searching, comfortable working independently, able to search on or off leash, and comfortable in multiple areas. Handlers need to be able to work their dogs on or off leash, and to recognize the signs that their dog is in odor.

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