K9 Nosework

Nose Work is a relatively new dog sport inspired by scent detection trainers and their desire to create an activity that encourages dogs to use their innate hunting and scenting abilities. Whatever the age and ability of your dog, or you, nose work is an engaging and fun activity!

Designed by the founders to be all-inclusive for both people and dogs:

  • Nose work is a great activity for confidence building. Your dog will learn to build independence and develop problem-solving skills by using their amazing, expert nose!
  • For you, the handler, no special training is required. It is a low-impact sport.
  • You can do nose work classes just for fun or to prepare for competition.

About the trainer:

Maureen Dwyer is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP) and a Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor (CNWI). Maureen believes training should be fun for both dog and owner.  She earned her KPA-CTP with her training partner Abby, who was a 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier. Abby proved you can teach an old dog new tricks and the training enriched her life in her senior years.

As an avid advocate and participant in K9 Nose Work®, Maureen also loves introducing new students to the activity and training them on the foundational skills for fun and competition. Maureen and her Australian Shepherd, Bo earned the Nose Work Level 3 (NW3) title. Arrow, Maureen’s foster failure, has earned his ORT (Odor Recognition Test) title, Nose Work Level 1 (NW1) and Nose Work Level 2 (NW2) title.  Arrow has also earned the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and AKC Community Canine (CGCA).

Always curious, Maureen continues to expand her knowledge of dog training and behavior by attending seminars, workshops, and conferences in positive reinforcement training, dog behavior and K9 Nose Work®.  Most recently Maureen attended the 2021 ADPT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) Conference. Maureen enjoys training dog owners and their dogs and has an affinity for watching the canine-human bond deepen.

Introduction to K9 Nose Work

this is your first step into the world of scent work. This class will showcase how your dog uses their incredible sense of smell to locate food hidden in a box. Nose Work will build confidence in your dog, while expending mental and physical energy too! This is an opportunity for you to learn to read your dog’s body language and watch your dog have fun in this obedience-free zone! Working with boxes, builds the foundation that allows you and your dog to solve more complex search problems in the future.   **Requirements: A large quantity and variety of treats will be needed to “load” the search box. Small, soft pieces work best.

Next session: K9NW – Intro to Nose Work – Saturday 9/17/2022 at 10:15am

Introduction to Odor

this is where we introduce the odors used in K9 Nose Work. The course builds on all the foundation exercises from Intro to K9NW but with odor. Typically, the first target odor (Birch) is used during the term of this course. The concept of pairing is introduced which served to condition the dog to odor and to develop good sourcing through self-reward.  The searches may expand in difficulty such as into other rooms and outdoors.

Continuing Nose Work

the pre-requisite for this class is the completion of Intro to NW and Intro to Odor. This class advances the handler’s techniques and includes searches in each of the four trial elements (containers, vehicles, exteriors, interiors). The second (Anise) and third (Clove) odors will be introduced.

Next session: K9NW – Intro to Odor – Thursday 9/8/2022 at 6:30pm

Advanced Nose Work

requirements for this class include dogs on three odors, experience with containers, interiors, exteriors, vehicles, and blind hides both indoors and outside. Focus will be on handler skills, technique, and increased difficulty of hides.

Next session: K9NW – Continuing Nose Work – Thursday 9/8/2022 at 7:30pm