What is K9 Nose Work®?

Have you ever seen a police dog sniffing for narcotics? How about a dog checking luggage at the baggage claim in an airport? That is essentially nose work! Our pet dogs can be as amazing as those pros. Any dog can do nose work, our pets just don’t search for narcotics! Dogs will learn to “hunt” for various essential oils that can be hidden virtually anywhere.

What are the benefits to nose work?

  • Provides an outlet for all that energy
  • Mental stimulation (fancy way of saying it will make our dogs tired)
  • Builds a bond between the dog and handler
  • Builds up confidence
  • Gives our shy, fearful, and reactive dogs a whole new look on life
  • Have fun with your dog
  • Make new friends
Windsor – NW3 Container Search
Here is a sample of a Nose Work trial video. At the NW3 level there is a range of 1-3 hides in a container search. The handler does not know how many there are and must correctly call finish when they think their dog has found everything. There may also be the presence of distractors ranging from food to toys. This search earned a 3rd place finish and a Pronounced. A “P” indicates the judge thought the team demonstrated exceptional technique or teamwork for that particular search.

Are you ready to give your dog an experience he will truly

thank you for?

The first stop on your nose work journey will be Introduction to K9 Nose Work® classes. In this class your dog will build up his hunt drive by learning how to use his nose to search for food. Every week you will learn new skills.

Dogs work one at a time in K9 Nose Work® so all dogs must wait in their vehicles for their turn. If it is extremely cold out you will be given the option of bringing a crate for your dog and crating him indoors!

Super Sniffer private lessons are also available for dogs who are not suitable for a K9 Nose Work® class. This is also an excellent option for those teams gearing up for competition that want to practice in novel locations! Click here for more information.

Not sure yet?

Check out our student’s achievements and videos from some of their trials.

Visit the NACSW for even more information.

Nose work truly is an incredible sport and so empowering to not only to the dogs, but to you as well.

Countless times have I been told now how much a person’s confidence has grown as they journey through nose work.


Phone 401-321-4525

Fax 401-321-4522


Manners classes are held at:

The Fetch Room

91 Kingstown Road

Richmond, RI 02898