Nose Work Classes

Nose Work is a new dog sport in which your dog uses his nose to hunt for specific scents independent of their handlers. It’s a fun, ultra-portable, and inexpensive game that is open to all dogs and their handlers. Once you know the basics, it's easy to practice in your home, yard, or neighborhood - no travel is required.

Dogs begin by learning to search for food. Once they understand how to search, they are introduced to the three odors the sport uses: birch, anise, and clove. The dog is also taught how to indicate to his handler that he has found the scent. Then, the searches become increasingly challenging - odors may be hidden indoors, outdoors, above his head, under a vehicle, in luggage, or even near food!

JoAnna Ferraris CNWI teaches our K9 Nose Work classes as part of our Flex Class program.

Benefits of Nosework

Nose Work provides low-impact exercise which is perfect for puppies, senior dogs, dogs recovering from injuries - all dogs!

It builds confidence and bravery in new and unfamiliar environments. It's a great socialization activity for puppies and shy dogs in particular.

This activity burns off energy - more than you might think! The mental stimulation that nosework provides leaves dogs feeling tired and satisfied.

Nose Work builds a great bond between dogs and their owners. You'll have a great time learning this sport with your dog!

Get Started

Begin by attending our Nose Work 101: Orientation & Try-It group training class. You'll learn the basics of this fun sport, and your dog will get to use his nose to search for food or a favorite toy. It's a great way to test the waters and see if your dog likes the game. This class is part of our Flex Class Program, but you can also register & pay for this class individually ($45 + tax) for a commitment-free way to give Nose Work a try.

Once you have attended NW101, you're allowed into Intro to Nose Work. There, your dog will learn to search for a sustained amount of time. You'll learn how to read your dog's body language and recognize when he's on the right track. This class requires a valid Flex Pass.

The next level is our Nose Work Skill Building class, which introduces odor (birch, anise, and clove) as well as more difficult searches. This class is ongoing, and the camaraderie between students is tremendous! Our students have a great time. This class requires a valid Flex Pass.

Our top-tier class is Nosework Trial Prep, which is designed for dogs who have passed their NACSW Odor Recognition Tests and are preparing for Nosework Level 1 & Level 2 trials. This class requires a valid Flex Pass.

We also occasionally hold Off-Site Nose Work classes & sniff-thrus in other locations around Rhode Island. Our Off-Site classes are open to current students of our Nose Work program, as well as students from other programs.