Nose Work

Denver - Boulder- Arvada Nose Work

Nose Work

Does your dog have too much energy? Learn the sport of nose work and keep their mind and body occupied

The 6 week Intro to Nose Work self-paced online course is now available! Sign up today

Nose work is an extremely fun dog sport that engages your dog by teaching them to use their nose. This is a sport that you can play anytime, anywhere and gives your dog a great outlet for extra energy.

Unlike many dog sports, dogs of any ability level and age can participate, and many benefit greatly from nose work.  It is especially useful for building confidence in shy or fearful dogs and tiring out young, energetic dogs.

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Course Progression

  • Intro to Nose Work: Using boxes and food, this class teaches your dog how to systematically search an area and locate the source of an odor. It  focuses on building drive and stamina for the search.  Building enthusiasm in the beginning is important (capitalizes on the newness) and using a primary reinforcer (food) is an easy way to do this!
  • Intro to Odor: Each student is given an odor kit (tin and birch scented q-tips) for at home practice.  Using the techniques from Intro to Nose Work, we now teach our dogs to search specifically for the scent birch. (Pre-requisite: Intro to Nose Work)
  • Continuing Nose Work: Drop-in style class where we introduce new search elements (containers, vehicles, and exteriors) and other odors (anise and clove).  Prep for nose work competitions or just have fun!  (Pre-requisite: Intro to Odor)


$195 for each 6 week course

Training Equipment Needed For Course

  • 6′ leash (not retractable)
  • Flat collar or harness (no prong collars, choke chains, shock collars, or face leads allowed)
  • A variety of your dog’s favorite soft treats (lots! cut up into very small pieces in a treat holder you can hook onto your clothes)

Course Information

Each class is 6 weeks long; 60 minutes/class; class size limit is 5 dogs. You can attend drop ins for $32 per class, $155 per 5 pack, and $240 per 8 pack.

Course Dates/Times:

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Online eCourse for Intro to Nose Work is available now! Click here to sign up

Health Note: All dogs must be healthy and current on all vaccinations (puppies need age-appropriate vaccinations and adult dogs need at least distemper and rabies— titer tests are accepted).