Does Your Dog Hate Obedience? He’ll Love Nose Work!

By Julie Madden
NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor

We humans pretty much tell our dogs what to do and when to do it. So imagine how much your dog would enjoy something where he takes the lead, and you learn from him. K9 Nose Work® is just that.

Nose work is like detection dog training, except we don’t search for bombs or drugs – we search for food and eventually unique odors like birch and clove. Dogs’ noses are SO much better than ours and they can find scents in tiny amounts. We start with the dogs searching in boxes, and move to entire rooms, then outside areas, vehicles, and closed containers. You learn how to read your dog and support him during searches. 

Nose work is not only fun – it’s a great way to burn energy off a jumpy dog, and build confidence for a shy one. We say “any dog of any ability and any handler of any ability” because we can tailor the searches to little dogs, old dogs, and owners who may have some mobility challenges, too.

I’m starting a new Introduction to Nose Work Class Wednesday, November 11 at 6 p.m. It runs for six weeks. Each class is an hour and we will skip the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and make it up Saturday December 12 at 9 a.m. Cost for the six classes is $140. To register, email me or call me at 404-849-2247. You can pay the first day of class by check, cash or credit card. If you have questions about nose work, contact me as well.

To stay COVID-safe, we wear masks in class and will stay socially distant. Thanks and I look forward to meeting you and your dog!

Check out this video to see all four types of searches