K9 Nose Work ® Classes

Introduction to K9 Nose Work ®

All dogs will start in Introduction to K9 Nose Work ®.  In this class your dog will be encouraged to use his nose to hunt.  Dogs will learn to search boxes and various containers scattered throughout a search area. Searches will become more difficult and they will learn to solve puzzles to get to the source of the odor. Dogs will become more confident in doing this and will have FUN!  Handlers learn to read their dog, and see what they look like when they've caught odor. This class is excellent for nervous/shy dogs and also great for dogs that don’t do well in a regular class setting.  Please contact your instructor before class if your dog needs extra space.  Most dogs are very comfortable searching without the help of their handler by the end of this class.  All dogs work alone with their handler and are required to be crated or confined in their vehicle (weather depending).

  • Prerequisite:  None

  • Session Length:  6 weeks

  • Length of class:  Approx. 1 hour

  • Cost:  $150

 

K9 Nose Work ® Introduction to Odor

This class is for dogs that have completed the Introduction to K9 Nose Work ® class.  We will introduce the first odor (birch) to the teams.  The focus of this class is adding birch to both container and interior searches.  Dogs and handlers will work on and off leash.  Dogs will continue to build confidence and handlers will learn leash handling skills, when to support their dog and when to give space and will continue to learn to read their dogs.  All dogs work alone with their handler and are required to be crated or confined in their vehicle (weather depending).

  • Prerequisite:  Introduction to K9 Nose Work ®

  • Session Length:  6 weeks

  • Length of class:  Approx. 1 hour

  • Cost:  $150

 

Introduction to Vehicles & Exteriors

These classes are for dogs and handlers teams that have completed the K9 Nose Work ® Introduction to Odor class. In this class we will begin to work outdoors, which adds a whole new level of distraction to the searches.  Teams will begin to search both vehicles and exterior areas.  All dogs work alone with their handler and are required to be crated or confined in their vehicle (weather depending).

  • Prerequisite:  K9 Nose Work ® Introduction to Odor

  • Session Length:  6 weeks

  • Length of class:  Approx. 1 hour

  • Cost:  $150

 

K9 Nose Work ® Continuing Odor Classes

These classes are for dogs and handlers teams that have completed the K9 Nose Work ® Introduction to Odor class. We will continue to work with Birch but expand the dog’s search areas and skills. We will work in all four elements—containers, interiors, exteriors and vehicle searches. Additional odors, anise and clove, will be added as the team advances. Each level is progressively more challenging. Teams in these classes can look forward to competing with their dog or continuing to enjoy Nose Work as a rewarding hobby.  All dogs work alone with their handler and are required to be crated or confined in their vehicle (weather depending).

  • Prerequisite:  K9 Nose Work ® Introduction to Odor

  • Session Length:  6 weeks

  • Length of class:  Approx. 1 hour

  • Cost:  $150

 

Nose Work FUN!

 

Nose Work FUN! is a drop-in K9 Nose Work ® Continuing Odor class.  We will work in all four elements and all three odors will be used (depending on dogs in class).  This class is a great option for those with fluctuating schedules.  This is also a great class to check out if you have taken classes elsewhere and would like to join our program.

Students can pay per class or purchase a package and use credits from package.  Pre-registration is required!!

 

**Package credits expire 6 months from date of purchase - no exceptions!

 

  • Prerequisite:  K9 Nose Work ® Introduction to Odor

  • Session Length:  weekly

  • Length of class:  Approx. 1 hour

  • Cost:  $25 per class or credit from package

Roving Sniffers Class (Advanced)

 

If you’re serious about competing or just want to test your Nose Work skills, this advanced Nose Work class is a must!  This class takes place at a different indoor/outdoor location each time scheduled (weather permitting).  These classes often take place in public locations.  Dogs registered for this class should be able to work in distracting environments, be able to wait in their vehicle between searches without excessive barking and be able to be in close proximity to other dogs, people, wildlife, etc. that could be near search area.  Prior permission is required to participate in this class.  Handlers should also be comfortable driving to new places and using a GPS system for directions.  All dogs work alone with their handler and are required to be crated or confined in their vehicle (weather depending).  This is a drop-in class.  Pre-registration is required. 

 

Students can pay per class or purchase a package and use credits from package.  Pre-registration is required!!

 

  • Prerequisite:  Permission from instructor

  • Prerequisite:  K9 Nose Work ® Introduction to Odor

  • MUST BE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN A K9 NOSE WORK CONTINUING ODOR CLASS IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS

  • Session Length:  1

  • Length of class:  Approx. 1 hour

  • Cost:  $25 per class or credit from package

AKC Scent Work Buried Hides (Novice and up)

 

These classes are for dogs and handlers teams that have completed the Introduction to Odor class. This class will prepare teams for the AKC Buried Hides class.  We will introduce teams to both sand and water hides and work on Novice through Excellent levels.  Teams in these classes can look forward to competing with their dog or continuing to enjoy Scent Work as a rewarding hobby.  All dogs work alone with their handler and are required to be crated or confined in their vehicle (weather depending).​​

  • Prerequisite:  K9 Nose Work ® Introduction to Odor

  • Session Length:  6 weeks

  • Length of class:  Approx. 1 hour

  • Cost:  $150

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