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

Nose work is a relatively new, yet extremely fun dog sport that engages your dog while teaching them to use their nose. This is a sport that you can play anytime, anywhere with your dog and gives them 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.

*To find out about private in-home nose work sessions, email*

Course Progression

  • Intro to Nose Work: Using boxes and food, this class teaches your dog how to systematically search an area to 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)


$175 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; 90 minutes/class; class size limit is 8 dogs

Course Dates/Times

  • Intro to Nose Work: Mondays from 5:00-6:30pm starting 9/23 at Matrix Dog
    -Week 1: 9/23
    -Week 2: 9/30
    -Week 3: 10/7
    -Week 4: 10/14
    -Week 5: 10/21
    No class 10/28
    -Week 6: 11/4
  • Intro to Odor (pre-req: Intro to Nose Work)Sundays from 1:30-3:00pm starting 9/15 at Team Spirit Agility
    -Week 1: 9/15
    -Week 2: 9/22
    -Week 3: 9/29
    -Week 4: 10/6
    -Week 5: 10/13
    -Week 6: 10/20
  • Continuing Nose Work: Mondays at 7pm- Matrix Dog

Email to register today!

Course Location

Team Spirit Agility: 8910 W 52nd Ave, Arvada, CO 80002


Matrix Dog: 9975 Wadsworth Pkwy M4, Westminster, CO 80021

To find out about private in-home nose work sessions email

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).