About Scent Work

Our dogs love to sniff and find things. In fact, dogs have such a great sense of smell that they are often used to locate illegal drugs, explosives, bed bugs and even cancer. The sport of scent work, also called nosework, provides a fun and exciting outlet for your dog’s super sniffer by teaching him or her to find target odors such as birch, anise and clove. Nosework builds confidence and focus while providing essential mental and physical stimulation for a happy and well balanced companion. It is also just plain fun!

Our nosework classes develop search drive and motivation to work, odor recognition and a clear focused response behavior. Our goal is a happy dog that will not only efficiently and methodically search for and identify target odors in a variety of environments and situations, but WANTS to work and play with their handler. We work in both in our training lab as well as other locations throughout the Reno/Sparks area.

Introduction to Scent Work

Our dogs love to sniff and find things. In fact, dogs have such a great sense of smell that they are often used to locate illegal drugs, explosives, bed bugs, endangered species and even cancer. Scent sports such as Nosework aren’t just exciting competitive activities to enjoy with your dog, but they build confidence, focus and teamwork essential for all your favorite activities and a happy home life too. Plus, scent sports are just plain fun!  This four week class develops search drive and motivation to work, odor recognition and a clear focused response behavior while expanding the skill set to search various elements and work different challenges. Our goal is a happy dog that will not only efficiently and methodically search for and identify target odors in a variety of environments and situations, but WANTS to work and play with their handler. 

Class Dates: Mondays 06/04, 06/11, 06/18, 06/25

Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $125
Location: 3550 Barron Way #4B, Reno, NV

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Competition Scent Work

This class continues to develop search skills, including containers, vehicles, exterior, buried and interior areas.  This class also works on handler discrimination.

Equipment Required:
Harness specifically for nosework. Please, no anti pull harnesses or harnesses with front attachments. Not sure what harness to choose? We have a selection to try in class!
Solid 6′ to 12′ leash with no attachments such as poop bag holders. Flexi leads are not permitted for this class.
A variety of very high value rewards. Chicken, steak, hot dogs, cheese. Whatever gets your dog excited!

In most cases, dogs may start anytime.  This is an ongoing class. 

Class Dates: 05/16, 05/23, 05/30, 06/06, 06/13, 06/20, 06/27

Time: 3:00 pm or 6:00 pm
Cost: $175
Location: Various

Pre-requisites: Instructor Approval

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Intermediate Scent Work

This six week class continues to build scent work skills.

Equipment Required:
Harness specifically for nosework. Please, no anti pull harnesses or harnesses with front attachments. Not sure what harness to choose? We have a selection to try in class!
Solid 6′ to 12′ leash with no attachments such as poop bag holders. Flexi leads are not permitted for this class.
A variety of very high value rewards. Chicken, steak, hot dogs, cheese. Whatever gets your dog excited!

Time: 7:00 pm

Class Dates: 05/15, 05/22, No Class 05/29, 06/05, 06/12, 06/19, No Class 06/26

Skip Dates:  05/29, 06/26

Cost: $175

Location:  3550 Barron Way #4B, Reno, NV

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