K9 Nose Work Classes & Events

K9 Nose Work® Classes

with Palo Alto Dog Training LLC

At Palo Alto Dog Training, we work with each dog according to his strengths, and proceed at his own pace. We keep the enterprising dogs challenged and excited, while supporting dogs that may have environmental sensitivities with more accessible, confidence-building searches.

I accept dogs of any age or physical condition, from puppy to senior. In our Nose Work classes, each dog takes a turn, while the other dogs wait patiently in their crates or vehicles. Therefore, dog-reactive dogs are welcome. I will evaluate dogs who are fearful of people on a case-by-case basis.

Each dog must be able to stay in a crate or the owner’s vehicle during class, except when doing his/her own searches (I can assist in helping your dog adapt to a crate if that is a problem).

K9 Nose Work Classes: Sign up today to unleash your dog’s scenting abilities!

 Introduction to Nose Work

K9 Nose Work Classes & EventsFrom the first class, your dog will enjoy success in nose work with exercises set up to motivate her to find a treat or toy. Using reward-based training, your dog will learn to focus on finding her toy or treats in search boxes located throughout the training room, in spite of distractions. In addition, by carefully observing our dogs, you’ll learn how scent travels through the room.

Prerequisite: Your dog must be able to stay in a crate or your car for parts of each class. No other obedience or specialized training of any kind is required to get started.

 

Introduction to Vehicles & Exteriors

K9 Nose Work Classes & EventsBuilding on the successes achieved in Introduction to Nose Work, your dog will continue to explore the excitement of nose work, by moving out of doors. Using reward-based training, your dog will learn to search while in the more distracting outdoor environment. In addition, careful observation of our dogs will teach us how scent travels outdoors, under varying conditions.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Nose Work, or approval of instructor.

 

Introduction to Odor

K9 Nose Work Classes & EventsBuilding on the successes achieved in previous classes, your dog will be introduced to the scent of birch oil. You continue to learn how odor moves through the environment, and your dog will be challenged with more difficult searches and more distracting environments. We will all be learning from each dog’s searching styles and patterns.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Vehicles and Exteriors, or approval of instructor.

 

Continuing Nose Work

K9 Nose Work Classes & EventsBuilding on the successes achieved in previous classes, we will expose your dog to new challenges in pursuit of scent. Puzzles will include converging odor, lingering odor, larger search area, more challenging hides, and more distracting environments. On the human side, we will continue to learn how scent travels, how to read our dogs as they search, and how to manage our dogs through the search area.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Odor, or approval of instructor.


Upcoming Events

 

West Coast Nose Work Camp

(Nose Work Camp is not sponsored by or connected to Palo Alto Dog Training LLC. But we, and our dogs, love attending and participating!)

K9 Nose Work Training Camps are hosted by Dogs of Course. The next "West Coast" Camp will be October 8-14, 2018, in Colorado. Registration for those who have not attended before, opens March 15, 2018 at 8AM Mountain Time. Spaces fill fast. If you want to attend, apply soon after registration opens.

CNCA/NACSW Joint Symposium

(This Symposium is not sponsored by or connected to Palo Alto Dog Training LLC. But we attend every year, and learn so much every time!)

"The National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC in partnership with California Narcotic Canine Association presents our third annual educational event. Join NACSW & CNCA for this unique opportunity. We are partnering for a joint symposium featuring key presenters from the professional detection and K9 Nose Work® communities."

January 31-February 1, 2019, in Palm Springs.

K9 Nose Work Trials in California and Nevada

(These Trials are not sponsored by or connected to Palo Alto Dog Training LLC. If you'd like to participate, we'll help you prepare.

If you'd like to volunteer, no experience is necessary. The demand for Trials is outstripping the pool of existing volunteers. Without volunteers, more Trials cannot be held. We highly recommend that you volunteer. In addition to helping the Nose Work community, it is fun. You get free food. You get to hang out with Nose Work enthusiasts and make new friends. It is a terrific learning opportunity that is completely free. If you intend to compete, or are already competing, you should volunteer at a Trial at every opportunity.

May 19-20, 2018: NW3 and Elite Trials. Meadow Vista, hosted by Haute Dawgs Agility Group. Entries open March 22, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

May 26-27, 2018: NW3 Trials. Santa Paula, hosted by Pink Biscuit K9s. Entries open March 20, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

June 9-10, 2018: NW2, L2C and L2I Trials. Wrightwood, hosted by Java K9s. Entries open April 9, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

June 16-17, 2018: L1C, L2C, L1I, and L2I Trials. Santa Rosa, hosted by Pawsitive Results. Entries open April 30, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

June 16-17, 2018: NW2 and NW3 Trials. Reno, NV, hosted by Fur and Feather Works LLC. Entries open April 10, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

June 23-24, 2018: NW1 and NW3 Trials. Davis, hosted by Sierra Sniffing Canines. Entries open April 30, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

June 23-24, 2018: NW3 Trials. Somis, hosted by Pink Biscuit K9s. Entries open April 3, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

July 16-17, 2018: NW2 and Elite Trials. Los Angeles, hosted by Pink Biscuit K9s. Entries open May 30, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

August 4-5, 2018: NW1, L1C, and L1I Trials. Garden Grove, hosted by Joyride K9 Dog Training. Entries open June 20, 2018 at 9AM Pacific Time.

August 10-11, 2018: NW3 Trials. Lompoc, hosted by Central Coast Nose Work Club. Entry date will be posted when available.

October 20-21, 2018: NW2 and Elite Trials. Goleta, hosted by All Fur Fun. Entry date will be posted when available.

November 9-10, 2018: Summit Trial. Pasadena, hosted by Java K9s. Entry date will be posted when available.

November 17-18, 2018: NW3 and Elite Trials. Las Vegas, NV, hosted by imPetus Animal Training. Entry date will be posted when available.

December 18-19, 2018: L1-V, L2-V, and L2-C Element Trails. Littlerock, hosted by Java K9s. Entry date will be posted when available.

December 28-29, 2018: NW3 and TBD level Trials. Orange, hosted by Agile Paws Dog Sports. Entry date will be posted when available.

December 28-29, 2018: NW3 and Elite Trials. Henderson, NV, hosted by imPetus Animal Training. Entry date will be posted when available.

January 5-6, 2019: Elite Trials. Sierra Madre, hosted by Sam and Bogie, Inc. Entry date will be posted when available.

ORTs (Odor Recognition Tests) in California and Nevada

(These ORTs are not sponsored by or connected to Palo Alto Dog Training LLC. If you'd like to participate, we'll help you prepare. If you'd like to volunteer, no experience is necessary.)

May 20, 2018: Leona Valley. Hosted by Ready Sit Go. All 3 odors will be tested. Premium and details will be posted at http://readysitgo.com/.

May 26, 2018: Los Alomitos. Hosted by AlliedK9. All 3 odors will be tested. Premium and details will be posted at https://alliedk9.com/

June 2, 2018: Davis. Hosted by Jennie Keifer. All 3 odors will be tested. For more information contact Jennie at noseygoldens@aol.com.

August 26, 2018: Bayside. Hosted by Jessica Chiaudano. All 3 odors will be tested. For more information contact Jessica Chiaudano at bark.on@me.com.

September 15, 2018: Roseville. Hosted by Tail Wagging Dogs-Lisa Kretner. All 3 odors will be tested.  For more information contact Lisa at lisa@tailwaggingdogs.net.

October 20, 2018: Escalon. Hosted by Nor Cal VICE Dogs. All 3 odors will be tested. For more information contact Bob Magee at sanbobs1@live.com.

October 20, 2018: Escondido. Hosted by UberDog Dynamic Pet Training. All 3 odors will be tested. Premium and details will be posted at uber-dog.com/.