Hampton Roads Obedience Training Club

Since 1947

K9 Nose Work

K9 Nose Work - for more info click here.

For all classes listed below only one (1) dog will work at the time this are no socialization classes


K9 Nose Work/ AKC Scent Work Level 1 (limited to 6 dogs)
NO formal obedience or athletic skills are needed! 

Throughout this course we encourage your dog's natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise as well as learning to work independently. It is a fantastic way to let your dog have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. It is also a great way for dogs to burn off energy on rainy or hot "inside" days. This is also a great class for reactive and shy dogs because only one dog will work at the time.

If you're interested in learning more about K9 Nose Work, check out this website: http://www.nacsw.net/home For AKC Scent Work check here: http://www.akc.org/events/scent-work/

What you need to bring:

  1. A hungry well rested dog.
  2. A flat-buckle collar or body harness no tags attached (not a no-pull harness).
  3. At the minimum, a 6-foot light weight leash (or a retractable leash).
  4. The dog's favorite toy or HIGH value treats, at least 1-1.5 cups (chicken, hotdog, string cheese, ham bits etc) cut into small penny sizes.
  5. Crate or vehicle.  A place where your dog can rest during the time he is not working.  Your dog will not hang out with you during the time the other dogs are working.

What you will need to work your dog at home:

2 plastic containers with lids, big enough for your dog’s nose to fit in it.

6-12 cardboard boxes (shoe boxes work great). Note: Only the actively searching dog will be in the training room. Dogs waiting their turn may be in your vehicle or in a crate.


K9 Nose Work/ AKC Scent Work Level 2 (limited to 6 dogs)

K9 Nose Work/ AKC Scent Work Level 1  required as a prerequisite!

During this class, we are introducing your dog to the 1st target odor "birch". We will teach you to train your dog to find the target odor and commit to the find and stay with it until you reward. This will get you ready for the Odor Recognition Test (ORT) thru the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) http://www.nacsw.net/ort-calendar-information/ort-information Even if you don’t want to compete in NACSW, this will be the start for all other search games to come. 

What you need to bring: - Same as level 1

What you will need to work your dog at home:

An odor starter kit (that you can obtain in class for $10.00) or you can order through http://k9nwsource.com/shop/

6-8 plastic containers or boxes with lids. There should be 3 to 4 (~1/4-inch diameter) holes in each lid.


K9 Nose Work/ AKC Scent Work Level 3 (limited to 6 dogs)

K9 Nose Work/ AKC Scent Work Level 2 required as a prerequisite or need proof that dog knows target odor “Birch”.

In this class we will start to teach your dog to think outside the box. You and your dog will learn to search the 5 elements. This class will introduce you and your dog to different searches; Interiors (rooms); Containers (boxes, luggage house hold items); Exteriors (yards, play grounds, parking lots, the sky is the limit); Vehicles (the outside of several vehicles) and Buried (finding odor that is buried in the dirt/sand) In this class your dog is going for the full hunt and your dog will convince you that they've found the hide (scent) even though you may not see it. You will learn how to read your dog’s behavior when finding the odor, leash handling and how scent travels.  
What you need to bring: Same as Level 1.

What you will need to work your dog at home: An odor starter kit


K9 Nose Work - Vehicles (limited to 6 dogs)
Required - dog needs to be on target odor “Birch”
The class will assist you and your dog in vehicle searches.  Starting with, getting the dog to search the vehicles to find odor. Learning about how odor may travels on a vehicle and can get trapped. Learn how to read and help your dog with the search. If student(s) are agreeable, their vehicles may also be used for searches.  Please come ready to play with plenty of treats, water and a place for your dog to rest (ie. car or crate).


AKC Scent Work Handler Discrimination (HD) – Novice (limited to 6 dogs)
This class is open to any dog.

We will show you a fun way to teach your dog to find YOUR scent.

In this class, in which the target scent is the handler’s scent, rather than the odor of an essential oil, we will teach you to teach your dog to find and alert on your personal scent. This class will prepare you to trial in AKC Scent Work Handler Discrimination Novice classes. The handler is required to provide the scented article for Handler Discrimination Classes. The required scented article is a cotton glove or cotton sock. The article(s) should be thoroughly scented by the handler and sealed in a plastic bag to be hidden in a box. Handlers may utilize any method that they wish to scent the article. Suggestions include rubbing the article on the handler’s body or storing the article in dirty laundry.

You need: 3 pairs of cotton glove or cotton sock (6 total items)

What you need to bring: 1-2 personal scented articles (cotton glove or cotton sock) in a plastic bag. Note: Unless your dog is the active searching dog, your dog will need to be in your vehicle or in a crate.


AKC Scent Work Handler Discrimination (HD) Advanced (limited to 6 dogs)

AKC Scent Work (HD) - Novice is required as a prerequisite.
In this class we will go from boxes to interior then exterior searches. The required scented articles may be cotton balls or cotton swabs. The article(s) should be thoroughly scented by the handler and sealed in a plastic bag to be hidden. Handlers may utilize any method that they wish to scent the article. Suggestions include rubbing the article on the handler’s body or storing the article in dirty laundry.

What you need to bring: 3-6 personal scented cotton balls or cotton swabs in a plastic bag. Note: Unless your dog is the active searching dog, your dog will need to be in your vehicle or in a crate.


AKC Scent Work Buried (Novice/Advanced) (limited to 6 dogs)

Required - dog needs to be on target odor “Birch”

The Buried Novice/Advanced class simulates the task of Human Remains Dogs to search for scents that have been buried. We will teach you to teach your dog to find odor that is buried. Novice/Advanced classes will start with containers filled with soil and/or sand.

What you need to work your dog at home: 8 plastic containers that hold up to 4 inches of sand or soil.


AKC Scent Work Buried (Excellent) (limited to 6 dogs)

Buried Novice/Advanced class is required as a prerequisite or Buried Novice Title.

The Buried Novice/Advanced class simulates the task of Human Remains Dogs to search for scents that have been buried. In the Excellent class we will teach you to teach your dog to find odor that is buried in the ground.


AKC Scent Work Containers (limited to 6 dogs)

Required - dog needs to be on target odor “Birch”.

The goal of the Container class is to teach your dog to find the cardboard box containing the birch scent. We will work on efficient and effective leash handling, how to enter the search area, and recommended ways to assist your dog in container searches. We will be working with identical cardboard boxes and we will assist you in determining when your dog is correctly on odor for a successful “Alert” call.


K9 Nose Work/ AKC Scent Work - Traveling Class 
This class is an INVITATION only class.  Teams that have completed K9 Nose Work/ AKC Scent Work training level 3 and can work their dogs on all elements (vehicles, containers, exterior, interior and buried). This class will meet at different location each week throughout the Hampton Roads area. It is set up for people to have fun with Nose/Scent Work and practice with their dogs in different locations to build confidence and learn how to work around distractions. Each week there will be hides set up for at least 3 of the 5 elements.

To get invited contact Silke at silke@dobermanclub.org