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. We offer group training classes, workshops for extra practice, and private training options.

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 – Manners Hall
1067 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

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 – $160

Mondays, September 10 – October 15, 2018, 6:30 – 8 pm Sold out. Get on our waitlist!
Mondays, October 29 – December 10, 2018, 6:30 – 8 pm (no class Nov 26) Sign up now!

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.

K9 Nose Work 2: Intro to Odor Class – $160

Our next class will start in November 2018. Check back in September to register!

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.

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

K9 Nose Work: Drills and Skills Workshop – $30

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm Sign up now!
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm  Sign up now!
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm Sign up now!

This workshop is for anyone that has completed an Intro to K9 Nose Work class and is looking for more opportunities to practice. We can help you and your dog reach your training goals and will meet you at your level – whether your dog is searching for the primary reward or you’ve signed up for a trial. Depending on the group, we may do exterior searches, vehicle searches or specific practice drills. During a 60 to 90 minute session, your dog will get to practice searching three or four times. Between turns, your dog will rest in your car (weather permitting) while you watch the other participants search.

You must complete an Intro to K9 Nose Work class before attending your first Drills and Skills workshop. 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 attending.

Private Training Options

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K9 Nose Work Introduction – $75 for one hour

Choose this option if you’re just starting out with K9 Nose Work. You’ll learn more about the sport and your dog will learn how to use her nose to search for something she loves – like treats or toys. Please send us a completed K9 Nose Work Pre-Class Questionnaire before your appointment.

K9 Nose Work Continued Practice – $37.50 for 30 minutes

This option is for those who have attended a class or met with Rachael one-on-one for an introduction to K9 Nose Work. Continue work with your dog’s primary reward or move on to odor – each session will be customized for your dog.

K9 Nose Work Multi-Dog Practice – $75 for one hour

Do you have a multi-dog household and want to start all your dogs on Nose Work? Whether you’re just starting out or want more practice, choose this option if you’d like to bring 2 or 3 dogs to your session. Each of your dogs will get the opportunity to practice while your other dog(s) rest in your car.  Be sure to note how many and the names of each dog you’ll be bringing along when you schedule your appointment. You’ll also need to fill out our K9 Nose Work Pre-Class Questionnaire for each dog you plan to bring to your session.

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If you can’t find an appointment time that works for you, contact us.

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