The relatively new national sport of K-9 Nose Work® was created by founders Amy Herot, Jill Marie O’Brien and Ron Gaunt to provide an opportunity for companion and sport dog of all ages and breeds to have a fun outlet for their natural hunting and scenting abilities. Dogs initially learn to search for a treat reward in one of several boxes. As they become more confident in their searching, the game expands to searching for a specific odor hidden in multiple rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. No prior training experience is required to start!
While all dogs benefit from the increased mental exercise and bonding time spent with their owner(s), their humans benefit in numerous ways as well. The sport does not require lots of time, space, or equipment and allows you to progress from beginner to advanced levels and competitive trials at your own pace.
While official K-9 Nose Work classes are not intended to prepare a pet dog for professional detection work, they are patterned after the training model used for working detection dogs. To locate a certified K-9 Nose Work Instructor in your area, go to the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) at www.nacsw.org.
Patricia Bentz, CNWI, CPDT-KA, CDBC
K-9 Training & Behavioral Therapy