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
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.  


Certified NW Instructor:



Group Classes:

6 Weeks $150.00 Class size limit: 5 handlers, no dog limit within reason

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

Covid Rules:  Masks must be worn covering nose & mouth when in the building. Please remember to Social distance both inside and outside.


Mondays: 5:15-6:45pm Mixed Levels Class: 

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

Class Dates: 5/10, 5/24, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 (note: no class on 5/17 or 5/31)


Thursdays: 10-11:30am Mixed Levels Class: 

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

Class Dates: 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17


Once a Month Tuesdays! 7:15-8:30pm Nose work drop ins: $100.00 for four classes (1 year to use them, $30 per single class)

Class Dates: 5/18, 6/22, 7/20, 8/24, 9/21, 10/19, 11/30, 12/28. 

Contact Martha to arrange drop in: mwindisch2@verizon.net or 609-351-2342 

A great way to add an extra practice session in at a different location if you train elsewhere. 



Instructor: Certified NW and Obedience Instructor Martha Windisch CNWI CPDT-KA 

Cost: $40.00 per 30 minutes

Contact Martha directly: Email: mwindisch2@verizon.net  Or text: 609-351-2342

New to Nose Work or are you experienced and would like some personalized training? These private time slots can be used for beginning Nose Work teams on up to Advanced teams. They are good if you’d like some extra attention or if the time works better in your schedule. 

Private Slots Available:

Mondays: 1:00-3:30pm & 7:00-7:30pm. Thursdays: 11:45-4:45pm. 

There may be additional slots available on Mondays and Thursdays.

As a CPDT-KA, I can also help handlers with obedience and behavior problems using LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) methods. Obedience can include basic obedience training, a recall mini-course or a retrieval mini-course.


Questions or Updates on Classes: Contact: Sarah Cowell, Instructor: aleashbetweenus@gmail.com

Please Note: 2/1/21 Drop Ins: $32.00 Per Class/Dog

Multi Dog Discount: Less $5.00 for each additional dog if signed up for entire session. 

3 Weeks Semester: $90.00 Tuesdays: 1-2:30pm: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16

New Semester: 
For dogs that are pairing Odor with primary or dogs newly working Birch hides.  As the dogs gain skills & experience searching in diverse environments, handlers begin to read their dog’s changes of behavior that indicate the dog has found source (the target Odor).  The goal at this level is that dogs develop Odor obedience & can source some unpaired hides.  Leash handling skills are also emphasized.  Teams are exposed to the elements of Exteriors, Interiors, Vehicles, Buried Hides & Containers. 


(This Class is being held in another location, please contact Sarah for site details)
Semester: $30 per dog Tuesdays: 5:30-7:00pm: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16
New Semester: 

For very experienced dogs competing at NACSW NW2 & NW3, AKC Excellent & Master levels.  Larger more complex search areas; search problems that involve converging, pooling & trapping Odor; blank search areas; higher elevation & hanging hides; and multiple distractors will be presented.  The majority of exercises & searches may be done blind at this level.

3 Week Semester: $90.00 Wednesdays: 10-11:30am: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17
New Semester: 

For inexperienced dogs new to the sport.  Dogs are natural hunters & in this class your dog will learn foundation skills that will enable her to eventually search for Target Odors of Birch, Anise, Clove & Cypress.  Dogs are introduced to the game using a primary reward (food) or a toy reward using the context of boxes.  Handlers begin to acquire leash handling skills.

3vWeek Semester: $90.00 Wednesdays: 12:00-1:30pm: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17
New Semester: 

For dogs experienced on Birch & Anise Odors working at the NACSW NW1 & NW2, AKC Novice & Advanced levels.  Handlers start to have a deeper understanding of their role as part of the searching team.  The teams start to become proficient in dealing with multiple hides that may influence each other & environmental impacts that can affect a search outcome.  Teams will do some blind hides & distractions at this level.


3 Week Semester: $90.00 Wednesdays 2:00-3:30pm: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17
New Semester: 

For experienced dogs transitioning to all NACSW & AKC Odors.  Handlers start to have a deeper understanding of their role as part of the searching team.  The teams start to become proficient in dealing with multiple hides that may influence each other & environmental impacts that can affect a search outcome.  Teams will do some blind hides & distractions at this level.