We offer ScentWork classes on Mondays
(Next Session starts March 1, 2021)
6:00PM – 7:30PM
6 Week Session of 1 hour and 30 minute classes
Introduction to Nose Work
Welcome to the exciting world of K9 Nose Work! Introduction to Nose Work is a six-week class and each lesson is one and ½ hours long. This class introduces both the handler and dog to basic concepts of the game. The handler will learn how to better read and understand canine behavior, while the dog will learn how to search independently and focus on the love of the hunt. This class will cover searching in a variety of environments, including containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles. No special equipment is required. The only thing recommended to bring is a few different kinds of super high-value yummy treats that your dog will love!
Kathryn Woods, CNWI, Scent Work Instructor
Kathryn has a passion for nose work and teaching. She has a master’s degree in both social work (MSW) and special education (M.Ed.). Her background in psychology and education has prepared her well for sharing her knowledge and love of nose work/scent work. She is a certified nose work instructor (CNWI) with the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She has been teaching scent work for over 5 years.
Kathryn became personally involved in nose work in 2014 with the adoption of her Weimaraner, Grace. Since then, nose work has had a positive impact on their lives. Grace has experienced both a decrease in anxiety and an increase in confidence. But most of all, it has deepened their bond. Kathryn also enjoys working and playing with her German Short-haired Pointer, Greta. She continues to compete in various scent work trials and competitions. Both dogs have earned several titles and placements in the sport of nose work.
The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs), employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances. In AKC Scent Work, dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress. The cotton swabs are hidden out of sight in a pre-determined search area, and the dog has to find them. Teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate the find to the handler, who calls it out to the judge.