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Scent Work Training

Engage the Power of Your Dog’s Nose

Scent Work

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Information about our nose work training for dogs

This course takes your dog’s marvelous scenting ability and turns it into an exciting game! Scent work mimics the tasks of working detection dogs to locate scents and to then communicate their find to their handler.
We often talk about the importance of appropriate physical stimulation, but mental stimulation is just as vital in order for our dogs to thrive. Additionally, playing training games with your dog help’s to build their confidence and your bond with them.

During this course you will make use of your dog’s desire to smell, to seek, and their love of food, toys, and your attention to help them identify scents and to learn to communicate with you that they have made a successful find.

Virtually any dog can take part in scent work, regardless of age, size, breed, or mix as all dogs are highly skilled at identifying individual components of scents.


  • Introduction of a Particular Scent
  • How to Encourage and Build Focus and Concentration 
  • How to Use Search Containers
  • Teaching an Indication 
  • How to Read When a Do Dog is on an Odor
  • Effective Reinforcement of Finds
  • How to Prevent Scent Contamination


For dogs 5 months and older of any size, breed, or mix. Dogs should have no aggression history or reactivity issues. If you aren’t sure what this means, please contact us.

For dogs with a foundation in basic manners skills (such as attention, hand targeting, and sit, down, and stand) that have completed at least one group class and/or have taken private lessons with us.

The in-person course meets for one hour per class for four consecutive weeks (unless otherwise noted on the schedule) and is $350 for the course.

Two people may attend class with each canine student.

The class fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and there are no make-up classes for your course. We limit the number of students in a class (one person per pup may attend), so drop-in make up students would mean the class would be over the maximum.

You must provide us with a record your dog’s vaccination for rabies, parvovirus, parainfluenza, adenovirus, bordetella, and distemper which must be signed by your veterinarian. If your veterinarian chooses not to give your pup one or more of these vaccines at the time of class, we must have a signed letter from them stating that it is contraindicated. The stated proof of vaccine requirements are set by the Health Department. Entry to classes is not permitted without Health Department required proof of vaccinations. You must bring a hard/printed copy with you to the first class to give to the instructor to keep at the location.

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What type of training do you use for scent works?

Our training approach is fundamentally friendly towards both dogs and their owners. We focus on motivational teaching techniques that encourage active participation from your dog, enhancing their eagerness to learn and helping you manage their schedule effectively. This proactive strategy helps prevent undesirable behaviors and sets the foundation for a well-mannered, obedient family member. We are committed to a positive, reward-based training regimen as the most effective way to achieve these outcomes.


What vaccinations are required for my dog to join classes?

It’s essential for puppies to be up-to-date with their vaccinations according to their age before joining our classes. Early socialization is crucial for your dog’s long-term health and social skills, and we advise against waiting until all traditional vaccinations are complete before starting training. We recommend discussing this with your vet and looking into additional resources, such as Dr. R.K. Anderson’s authoritative letter on early puppy socialization and vaccination.

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