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What is Nose Work?

K9 Nose Work is a sport that uses your dog’s natural instincts of hunting to train your dog to identify and locate food/toy/odor. It is a sanctioned sport by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). Our trainers and the founders from NACSW are from bomb and narcotic backgrounds. This sport uses a detection style training to motivate your dog to search.

Recently The Whole Dog Journal published an article on nose work because of its growing popularity.

If your dog enjoys smelling things they can have fun doing it as a sport. Dogs of all shapes and sizes can participate. It mentally challenges your dog and they are more focused and balanced. This is a fun sport for you and your dog.

We begin training the dogs to search for food or a toy, depending on your dog’s desire. We use boxes to begin with and then move to various containers as the dogs realize the search is not about the environment but the food or toy.

While your dog is learning to search, you learn the body behavior of your dog. We show you how to read your dog and learn to trust their behavior. Safety is always important in training so we show you how to be safe while searching.

Once the dogs are confident with the searching we move to exterior building locations and vehicles, then transition them to odors. Three distinct odors/oils are used in the sport: Birch, Anise and Cloves, all of which are not easily found naturally or in the house.

As we practice with the dogs the search will become more challenging. If you choose you can continue on to competition by passing an Odor Recognition Test (ORT). There are currently 3 levels of trialing in which participants can compete. Each level has 4 elements; containers, interiors, exteriors, vehicles.

Josette teaches in several areas; Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Union City and San Leandro. To find out days and times she teaches contact her by email at info@noseworkfun.com .