Intro to Nose Work

This is the first class in the Nose Work series


Every dog has the inherent ability to smell, and an innate desire to work and search out food or prey. Nose Work is a scenting game that harnesses these natural abilities into a fun and addictive sport.


Our six-week Intro to Nose Work class will teach you the basics of the game and prepare your dog for the next levels. Eventually each dog is searching for a target odor in four different element searches, an Interior, Exterior, Vehicle, and Container search. 


Out of all the dog sports available, we find that Nose Work helps the most for giving your dog a job to do while burning mental and physical energy.


More activities such as Nose Work help reduce problem behaviors from boredom and is a great outlet for dogs of all abilities, from young to old, shy to aggressive, smart, and everything in between! If your dog has a nose and likes food, this class is for you! 

It's great for dogs of any age and ability. Some basic obedience is recommended but not required. Dogs are crated in between searches or can stay in the car.  


Classes are $150 for 6 weeks and run for 1 hour, located in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo. 


May 11 - June 8, 2019 
11:15 - 12:15 pm


What to Bring to Class

Elsie and owner Jacob, week 4 of Intro to Nose Work. Elsie is reactive to other dogs and was initially very nervous searching, but is now charging into her searches with enthusiasm and confidence.  

Advancing Nose Work 

This is the fourth class in the Nose Work series.


This 1-hour class is for Advancing Nose Work students, which is the fourth level and beyond. Advancing is a revolving class because once the dogs are searching for odor, there is only up to go!


There are more searches, more hides, more problems, more distractions, more areas, always more things to teach the dogs. We will also introduce the other two target odors, Aniss and Clove. 


Dogs are crated in between searches or can stay in the car.  


Classes are $140 for 5 weeks and run for 1 hour, located in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo. (a $10 discount is applied for re-enrolling in our Nose Work classes).  


Please contact for availability



Intro to Odor 

This is the second class in the Nose Work series.


After completing the first Nose Work session, and your dog is interested in searching, driving toward finding the food, and is motivated to keep working, it's time to start looking for the target odor. Through a process called pairing, we introduce the first odor of Birch to the searches, and continue working on different challenges. 


Dogs are crated in between searches or can stay in the car.  


Classes are $140 for 5 weeks and run for 1 hour, located in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo. (a $10 discount is applied for re-enrolling in our Nose Work classes). 

Please contact for availability. 



Buck (Bucktastic) sourcing an elevated hide in one of the Advanced classes. 

Nose Work Classes 

We primarily teach the National Association of Canine Scentwork (NACSW) method of Nose Work which works with the three target odors of Birch, Anise, and Clove. 


If you are interested in AKC Nose Work (which also uses Cypress), our classes are the best foundation you can have for that. We do also have a couple classes that work with Cypress odor, Handler Discrimination, Buried hides, and the Detective class so let us know if you are interested in that. 


Continuing Nose Work 

This is the third class in the Nose Work series.​


This 1-hour class will work on advancing your dog’s scenting skills and searching abilities. Continuing Nose Work is the third level of classes so your dog should at least be on Birch odor by now and independently searching for the odor tin. 


Dogs are crated in between searches or can stay in the car.  


Classes are $140 for 5 weeks and run for 1 hour, located in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo. (a $10 discount is applied for re-enrolling in our Nose Work classes). 


May 11 - June 8
12:30 - 1:30 pm



Nose Work Classes


  • Crate
  • Leash
  • Plenty of smelly, HIGH value treats (hot dogs, cheese, liver, etc.) No dry/crunch biscuits or boring treats. 
  • A good attitude! Be prepared to have some fun!


OPTIONAL
  • Water for yourself and your dog
  • A chair if you want to sit
  • A shade cover for your dog (if needed)