Length: 6 weekly sessions
Time: 50min. per class
– Intro and Intermediate Nose Work:
$175 (per 6-week class)
– Competition Nose Work:
$160 (per 6-week class)
Prereqs: Prescreen via registration
Dogs will be confined for parts of class.
If your dog is uncomfortable with
confinement please contact us.
K9 Nose Work is a newer dog sport but its popularity has been skyrocketing. The sport was designed to mimic professional detection dog skills, such as drug or bomb sniffing, for the average pet dog.
Nose Work has taken off in popularity for good reason. Every dog has a nose, and every dog loves to sniff! From the dog’s perspective, they get to run around and sniff and get rewards for doing so. From the owner’s perspective, their dog is working hard being physical and solving problems. This equals a tired dog! It is a win, win situation for everyone involved!
K9 Nose Work is open to all dogs, even dogs with disabilities or behavioral issues. At higher experience levels, competitions for titles are possible.
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Intro to Nose Work
Our Intro to Nose Work class shows you how to teach your dog to find a hidden scent in a room, using their natural abilities to hunt things out with their nose. Nose Work is very mentally enriching, tiring, and a great sport even if you live in a small home without a lot of space.
Intermediate Nose Work
Now that your dog knows how to follow her nose, it’s time to make the game even more interesting! In this class, the dogs learn how to find more complicated hides, and their people continue to develop handler skills. Those who are ready start working on transferring their search to the standardized Nose Work odors. Once the dogs are fluent in this skill, they can participate in Order Recognition Tests (ORT), which is a prerequisite to starting competition trials.
Competition Nose Work
This ongoing class is designed to build and maintain dogs’ and handlers’ Nose Work Skills primed for competition. Note: You don’t need to have the goal of competition, in order to participate in this class.
In this class we work on all four elements for trial preparation. Every week will be something different, with a focus on skill-building for success. Some sessions we may meet at alternative locations to broaden your team’s skills.
In order for your team to be successful in class:
– Your dog needs to be proficient on odor, to an ORT level (even if you have not passed an ORT)
– Your dog has to have been exposed to all four trial elements (containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles).
If you have questions if your team is ready for this class please email us!
About the Instructor
Sara McLoudrey became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in 2012, soon after she was introduced to the sport. Since then she has enjoyed teaching a variety of K9 Nose Work group classes, workshops and seminars.
Sara currently competes with her American Water Spaniel, Rizzo in NACSW trials. Rizzo has earned her NW3, NW3-I, NW3-C, NW3-E, NW3-C, L1-C, L1-I, L1-E and L2-V titles. Team Rizzo consistently places in individual elements and the overall trials, earning 3rd place overall for her NW2 and 2nd place overall for her NW3. She also titled her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Dara for her NW1. Dara came out of her obedience career retirement, and loved nose work since she could participate even though she became deaf due to old age.
Sara loves helping shy or nervous dogs come out of their shell with nose work. One of her favorite teaching topics is leash handling, helping everyone be able handle their dog with skill and finesse.