K9 Nose Work Program

Looking for a fun way to spend time with your dog? Try K9 Nose Work! Modeled after training used for professional detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is a mentally stimulating enrichment activity that almost any dog can do. K9 Nose Work can help hyperactive dogs burn off extra energy appropriately. It can also help nervous, shy and sensitive dogs build confidence. As you and your dog progress, you can continue the fun by teaching your dog to search for specific odors.

Because dogs are brought in one at a time, this is a great option for shy dogs, reactive dogs, or others who may not be appropriate for most group classes.

Between turns, your dog will rest in your car (weather permitting) while you watch the other participants search. Don’t think your dog can wait patiently in the car? Contact us before signing up.

If your dog is sensitive to new people or environments, please let the instructor know at the start of class.

Instructor

Rachael Davis, CPDT-KA, ANWI

Where

Oregon Humane Society – Animal Medical Learning Center
1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97211 Get directions»

Class Requirements

  • Dogs must be four months or older.
  • Dogs must be people friendly.
  • Your dog must be current on vaccinations appropriate for their age – Da2pp and Rabies required, Bordetella recommended.
  • Your dog must be spayed or neutered (for dog under six months of age, the spay/neuter requirement is waived).
  • Dogs should be free of any symptoms of illness: no coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.

Group Classes

Intro to K9 Nose Work Class – $165

Mondays, January 7 – February 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8 pm (no class Jan. 21) Sign up now!
Sundays, February 3 – March 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8 pm Sold out. Get on our waitlist!

During this six-week, introductory level group class, your dog will use her nose to search for something she already loves – like cheese or a favorite toy. You’ll learn how to read your dog’s body language and improve your handling skills. In each 60 to 90 minute class, your dog will get to practice searching three or four times. Between turns, your dog will rest in your car while you watch the other participants search. Dogs attend all six weeks of class. Please fill out our K9 Nose Work Pre-class Questionnaire before your first class. Interested in being notified when our next group class is scheduled? Let us know!

K9 Nose Work 2: Intro to Odor Class – $165

Interested in being notified when our next class is scheduled? Let us know!

Have you and your dog attended an Intro to K9 Nose Work class? When they come into a room and see boxes do they instantly know it’s time to search? If so, your dog might be ready to progress to the next level! During this six-week, intermediate level class, we’ll transition your dog from hunting for food or toys to searching for specific odors (birch, anise and clove). We’ll also help them continue to build and expand on the foundation of their scent detection training. In each 60 to 90 minute class, your dog will get to practice searching three or four times. Between turns, your dog will rest in your car while you watch the other participants search. Dogs attend all six weeks of class.

You must complete an Intro to K9 Nose Work class before attending this class. If you attended an entry level Intro to K9 Nose Work class somewhere else, please send us a completed K9 Nose Work Pre-Class Questionnaire before your class begins.

Proceeds from registration fees support the animals and programs at OHS. Thank you!