“I love our nosework class. Every Friday I take a hyper and excited dog to class and come home with a konked out dog. It’s amazing what he learns when he’s there and how much fun he has.”
 – S.H., Rockville, MD

Nose Work 3 – Intro to Odor

In-person Nose Work 3

About this Class:

Nose Work,  a relatively new detection-style sport develops a dog‘s natural scenting abilities by using the dog‘s curiosity, desire to hunt, and love of toys, food, and exercise.   Scent work is  fun for the dog and handler! Your dog will get to use his natural instincts to sniff and chase while being physically and mentally challenged. Since the dogs work one at a time, while the other dogs are crated or behind a pod, this class is good even for shy or reactive dogs. You can continue through the levels and compete along the way. Eventually, you and your dog can compete in Odor Recognition Trials and Titles, but you can do fun nose work at home using minimal supplies.

After associating the odor of birch with yummy treats, we go back outside to revisit exteriors and vehicles with odor. We slowly increase the number of hides that are odor only. The last two classes, we add the type of scenario you would find if you took an ORT (Odor Recognition Test).  In these tests, 12 identical boxes are set out in front of the judges. You have 3 minutes to take your dog through them to find the ONE box that has the odor in it.


  • Jacqueline Reardon, CNWI (Friday)
  • Cynthia Langford, ANWI (Sunday)


  • $200: Six sessions, 60-minutes each

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Class fees help support the free programs and services provided by Your Dog’s Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting dog parents.



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