Intro to Odor

Who should come?
  • Dogs who are eagerly, confidently, and independently searching for food in a variety of environments both on and off leash.  

  • Handlers who have learned to recognize the dog's change of behavior when working scent and when at source.


What will my dog and I learn?


Your dog will be introduced to target odor, which is paired with food.  Through the association of food and odor, the dog is classically conditioned to have a joyful response to the odor.  The search-puzzles will become increasingly more challenging as your dog searches all four elements: Containers, Interiors, Exteriors and Vehicles (weather and light permitting).  Eventually, your dog will progress from searching for paired hides to searching for odor only.

You will learn better leash skills and improve your ability to read your dog’s body language as they learn to pinpoint the odor source.  Basic scent theory will be discussed to give you a better understanding of the dog's behavior when working scent. 

Once your dog has learned the target odors, you may decide to try competing, or you may wish to simply continue playing the game for fun.   


Competition is not a requirement ~

You and your dog can go on to enjoy the activity of K9 Nose Work® in all four elements

for as long as you like!!