6 Benefits of K9 Nose Work

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What is K9 Nose Work?

K9 Nose Work is a game of scent detection, developed by Ron Guant, Amy Herot & Jill Marie O’Brien. While participating in fun searching activities, dogs will learn to find target odors in a variety of settings.

K9 Nose Work is a sport designed to help dogs harness their hunting instinct, learn to think independently and develop problem solving skills. It is an obedience-free sport, which means that dogs search without handler interruption or correction.

K9 Nose Work is all about the dog and celebrating their incredible natural abilities!

6 Benefits of K9 Nose Work

1. It’s stimulating!

K9 Nose Work is mentally and physically stimulating, which helps to burn energy in active dogs. A tired dog is a good dog!


2. It’s portable!

You can set up searches anywhere that your dog is able to access.

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3. It’s for all ages and breeds!

No obedience skills are needed, so it’s the perfect sport for a dog and handler who have minimal obedience training.


4. It’s safe for reactive dogs!

In classes, dogs are safely crated in a vehicle between searches. There is no dog-dog interaction or contact.


5. It builds confidence!

Scaredy dogs and shy dogs will learn to trust their instincts and develop a sense of confidence through this fun, self-rewarding sport.


6. It strengthens your bond with your dog!

The bond between you and your dog will grow, as you learn to observe your dog, understand their signals and rely upon their instincts.

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Pack of Paws offers Introduction to K9 Nose Work®, Nose Work – Trial Prep and Advanced K9 Nose Work®.  Our K9 Nose Work classes are taught by Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) Loreen Robbins.  We also host NACSW K9 Nose Work Odor Recognition Tests (ORT) several times a year.

The CNWI certification program teaches candidates the philosophy, concepts, and training methodology for the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work. Graduates of the certification program will have dedicated 1-2 years on average to the study of K9 Nose Work, attending courses and lectures, and logging over 75 hours of training and teaching.