Any dog can learn K9 Nose Work. The training methodology is designed to help pet dogs tap into their hunting instinct and learn independent problem-solving skills. Dogs start by searching for their favorite treats hidden in a variety of environments. Once they understand the game, the target odors, which consist of birch, anise, and clove are then introduced to the dog. Dogs learn how to search for the specific odors, and then are driven to its source. They are then rewarded by their handler.
I have been teaching K9 Nose Work® since 2015 and competing with four of my dogs all over the country since 2011. I am currently an ANWI with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and teach classes in Sonoma County CA. I teach all levels of classes from beginning up to Summit Level, which is the highest attainable level. Many of my students successfully compete with their dogs in all levels and many have received placement awards. If you are interested in nose work please contact us and we can talk about classes.