What is K9 Nose Work?

K9 Nose Work is an exciting, detection-style sport that develops dogs’ natural scenting 
abilities by using their curiosity, desire to hunt, and their love of toys, food and exercise. K9 
Nose Work was founded by three professional protection officers who wet on to create the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) in 2006. It is the only organization that encompasses a methodology for teaching the sport and has a certification program for Instructors. (Certified K9 Nose Work Instructors, CNWI)  For more Information about K9 Nose Work visit www.k9nosework.com
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Why get involved in K9 Nose Work and are there K9 Nose Work titles?

K9 Nose Work is a great sport for dogs of all ages!  It requires no prior training, is relatively easy on the handler and gives dogs lots of mental stimulation as they learn to solve search problems. K9 Nose Work is suitable for both confident and timid dogs as well as high energy and low energy dogs. It can be practiced at home, in parks, urban settings and other public places. Nose work is great for those who want the challenge of competing.  Students can compete and earn Nose Work Titles with their canine partner. For those just looking for a fun hobby to do with their canine partner, Nose Work is very rewarding to do just for fun.
Nose Work  is a great training/bonding out let for older dogs retired from more rigorous sports, elderly dogs, blind dogs, deaf dogs, young dogs, and even puppies. 

To find out more about K9 Nose Work competition requirements and how to earn Titles,  visit the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) at www.nacsw.net. The NACSW is the official sanctioning and organizing body for the sport of K9 Nose Work.
Due to the popularity of scent work training in dogs, other official Training venues have developed Competitive scent work programs also involving earning titles. 
What type of dogs would like and/or benefit from K9 Nose Work?
K9 Nose Work is great for extremely high drive dogs as a way to use up some of their excess 
energy.  K9 Nose Work is also good for dogs that need some encouragement to investigate 
using their noses; nose work classes can be a great confidence-builder for these dogs. Because dogs get to work one at a time, dogs that are shy, fearful, unfocused, unmotivated, or reactive with other dogs are able to participate.  


How do you train a dog for K9 Nose Work?
Training begins with a hide-n-seek game involving cardboard boxes and treats. Students & their dogs  love nose work classes.  Students enjoy watching their dog use their amazing natural hunting instinct – it lets the dog be a dog and it lets the handler learn about scent 
from the dog.  Co-founder Ron Gaunt emphasizes, “We don’t teach the dogs anything about 
nose work, we’re just the tour guides.”   
As training for K9 Nose Work advances, dogs get to use their remarkable scenting abilities to 
find the level 1 odor of birch, then the level 2 odor of anise, and finally the level 3 odor of 
clove.   First, the dogs learn to seek the scent in cardboard boxes and then they move on to 
interior searches, exterior searches and vehicle searches.  The scent-searching game also 
involves it being hidden at various heights.  
 

NOSE WORK CLASSES: Certified NW Instructor:

Martha Windisch CPDT-KA CNWI K-9 NOSEWORK/AKC SCENT WORK

Group Classes:                                                                                                                                                                              

6 Weeks $150.00 Class size limit: 5 handlers, no dog limit within reason.
Drop-ins $25 To Request a drop in please allow 48 hours in advance of the class. Drop ins will be accepted if the class has room. Contact Martha directly: Email: mwindisch2@verizon.net  Or text: 609-351-2342

NOTE: These classes will be held inside and outside (except for Beginner NW students who will be inside)

Mondays: 5:15-6:45pm Mixed Levels Class                                                                                                                  
Dates: 9/13, 9/20, 10/11 Note: these classes are all Walk-ins: Please Confirm your spot, don’t  assume!                     
Mondays: 5:15-6:45pm Mixed Levels Class: 6 Week Semester: $150.00                                                                        
Class Dates: 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13

Beginners, Intermediate Advanced are welcome. A great opportunity for beginner handlers to watch more experienced handlers & dogs. 

Thursdays: 10-11:30am Mixed Levels Class:                                                                                                                
Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/14  Note: these classes are all Walk-ins: Please Confirm your spot, don’t  assume!                     
Thursdays: 10:00-11:30am Mixed Levels Class: 6 Week Semester: $150.00                                                                

Class Dates: 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/30

Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced are welcome. A great opportunity for beginner handlers to watch more experienced handlers & dogs.  


 

 

K9 NOSEWORK CLASSES: Instructor: Sarah J. Cowell, CNWI

Certified K9 Nosework Instructor

National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)

NACSW Odor Recognition Test (ORT) Judge

AKC Scent Work Judge # 102342

 

Classes are continuing K9 Nosework Classes. 

Dogs should be proficient on the odors: Birch & Anise

Exposure to Clove & Cypress are beneficial but not required

 

Nosework Class Dates & Times:

Tuesdays:      10:30 - 12:00pm

Tuesdays:        5:30 -   7:00pm

Wednesdays: 10:00 - 11:30am

Wednesdays: 12:00 -   1:30pm

Wednesdays:   2:00 -   3:30pm

Thursdays:       6:30 -   8:00pm

 

To Join An Advanced or Beginner Class:

Please contact the instructor: Sarah Cowell, CNWI

Email: aleashbetweenus@gmail.com

Cell: 973-479-3488