What Is K9 Nose Work®

K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity that all dogs and people can enjoy.  The sport was created to provide an opportunity for the companion and sport dogs to have an outlet for their natural hunting and scenting abilities. In this sport, the dog uses their nose to locate a target scent or odor. This is not tracking, it is odor detection. The advantage of the sport is that it can be done just about anywhere.  Don’t know how to exercise your dog when it is freezing outside or when we have 100º temperatures?  K9 Nose Work® is the answer!
It starts by getting your dog excited about using his nose to find their favorite toy or food hidden in one of several boxes. As your dog becomes more confident with his nose, the game expands to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. Advanced K9 Nose Work focuses on increasing your dog’s scenting skills by adding special target odors to search for and searching in many different places.

Every dog has a natural ability to succeed and have fun with K9 Nose Work

  • No prior training is needed.
  • Shy, fearful or reactive dogs can have fun because the dogs are kept separated and the games are played one dog at a time.
  • High-energy dogs burn calories and energy while they hunt.
  • Search games utilize physical and mental energy.
  • Aging or disabled dogs use their nose and brain power to play the hunt game at their own pace.

K9 Nose Work helps to build the dog’s confidence, reduce environmental sensitivities, and provide mental and physical exercise through teamwork. The nose work game teaches the handler how to read their dog and build a team relationship while having lots of fun

K9 Nose Work was not developed or intended as a foundation program for any kind of professional detection work.  Professional police and military K9 Units go through extensive training.  K9 Nose Work was inspired by the model of these working detection dogs.
K9 Nose Work should always be about having fun with your dog!!!