Discover Canine Nose Work, the new fun search and scenting sport for all types of dogs. 

 Search anywhere using simple containers

Search anywhere using simple containers

What is Canine Nose Work?

Canine Nose Work is a fast growing search and scenting dog sport. Inspired by working Detection (Sniffer) dogs, it harnesses a dog’s natural ability to use his nose to find hidden scents.

Dogs just love it. The search becomes a fun ‘game’ for both the dog and the human. You can search with your dog almost anywhere you can take dogs – indoors, outdoors, and even vehicles.

Dogs usually start searching for treats or a toy. This builds your dog's love for the search, hunting drive, and search skills. It's also very easy for you as a handler - no previous training experience required.  You can choose to continue searching for treats/toys indefinitely - It will always be a fantastic activity your dog will love. Or you can opt to take the ‘game’ further and transition to searching for a specific target odour. In this course dogs learn to recognise, discriminate, and search for a target odour. In the New Zealand sport, these are currently Clove Bud oil (first) and Birch oil (second).

Courses are based on the international K9 Nose Work programme. 


Upcoming courses

 Reznor is playing the 'box game' searching for the hidden treat

Reznor is playing the 'box game' searching for the hidden treat

Canine Nose Work – Introduction to Nose Work

2 weeks. This is the fun version for beginners - no dog training experience needed. Dogs learn to search for hidden treats or a toy. Develop your dog's search skills and hunting drive. 

Date: Saturdays 28 July and 4 August 2018 ((fully booked - but you can complete the online registration obligation-free to register your interest in the next course)
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: 120 Robert Street, Whangarei
Cost: $65 per person
Bookings: Essential (small groups)
What you need to bring: You will receive more information after registration and payment of course fee 

Find out more about the Canine Nose Work - Introduction to Nose Work course

 Angelika is working with Moko on scent recognition

Angelika is working with Moko on scent recognition

Canine Nose Work - Introduction to Odour

3 weeks. For people with some experience in training their dogs or those who have completed the 'Introduction to Nose Work' course. In this course dogs learn to recognise, discriminate, and search for a target odour. Homework practice will help your dog progress.

Date: Saturdays 11 - 25 August 2018
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $120 per person - includes a complete odour starter pack
Bookings: Essential (small groups)
What you need to bring: You will receive more information after registration and payment of course fee 

Find out more about the Canine Nose Work – Introduction to Odour course


Why dogs and people love Nose Work

  • It satisfies your dog’s natural instinct to use her nose
  • Dogs easily burn mental and physical energy - provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy
  • No prior training or dog sport experience required easy-to-learn activities
  • Suitable for virtually all dogs, even for socially challenged, shy and fearful, aging, or disabled dogs (dogs search one at a time)
  • Builds confidence and focus in many dogs
  • Strengthens bonds between you and your dog
  • You can search almost anywhere without the need for equipment

About the Canine Nose Work NZ - Introduction to Nose Work course

We start with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favourite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes. We then expand the game to entire rooms and exterior areas.

 Sassy checks out the helmet

Sassy checks out the helmet

You can keep playing this 'game' indefinitely as it's always fun and exciting for your dog, or you can decide to transition to searching for a specific target odour.

  • 2-week course
  • Sessions include a mix of demos, practical work with your dog, and watching the other dogs work
  • Small group. Maximum of 4-6 participants per course ensures personalised attention and some practice time with your dog (dogs work one at a time)
  • Your dog should be comfortable and not reactive when working/learning in proximity to other dogs

Your dog will learn the game, build search skills and hunting drive, and gain search confidence. You will learn how to start and develop the 'game' with your dog at home and find out about canine olfaction and scent.

About the ‘Canine Nose Work NZ - Introduction to Odour' course

 Plum is searching a vehicle

Plum is searching a vehicle

  • Sessions include a  mix of short lectures, demos, practical work with the dogs individually as well as in a group situation, watching the other dogs work, and video 
  • Small groups (max 4 participants)

Course requirements:

  • You should have some dog training experience or have completed the Canine Nose Work – Introduction to Nose Work course
  • Your dog must be comfortable and not overly reactive when working/learning in proximity to other dogs and humans. Some sessions include presentations and stationary exercises that are practiced on lead and in a group situation inside the venue. This may be done with a mobile screen separating each dog-handler team from their neighbour to the left and right. However, dogs will obviously still be able to hear and smell that other dogs are present. Dogs will still search one at a time, but searches will be very short and repeated in quick succession. This means they will likely be carried out just behind a puppy fence with the other dogs waiting in line on the other side for quick rotation. Highly reactive dogs would need to be accommodated by individual arrangement or in a different course.  

You’ll receive a complete odour starter kit that includes

  • 1 x Glass jar (small) with scented cotton swabs (Clove Bud – first of three odours for nose work in New Zealand. This varies from the Birch oil used first in the US and other countries)
  • 1 x Tweezers (Stainless Steel)
  • 3 x Metal Slider Tin (approx. 5cm x 0.7cm) with holes punched. You can stick the magnet on the inside and it magnetises to the tin and then can be placed elsewhere
  • 3 x Rare Earth Magnets (approx. 12mm x 2mm)
  • 2 x Plastic containers (small) vented (holes punched)
  • 1 x Plastic box (clip lid) vented (holes punched) and set up for pairing odour with primary reinforcer
  • 20 x Pairs of Nitrile examination gloves
  • 1 x large plastic container to keep all your gear

Why dogs and people love Canine Nose Work NZ

  • Dogs easily burn mental and physical energy, and build confidence
  • It makes dogs very happy because it satisfies their natural instinct to use their nose
  • It's fun for both dogs and humans
  • Strengthens bonds between you and your dog
  • You can search almost anywhere without the need for equipment
  • Suitable even for socially challenged, shy, fearful, aging, or disabled dogs
  • No prior training or dog sport experience required

My Nose Work experience

 Alfie is learning to search exterior environments. nice lead-handling skills from the handler.

Alfie is learning to search exterior environments. nice lead-handling skills from the handler.

  • Detector Dog Training workshop Held by Northland Regional Council on training pest plant detection dogs with John Taylor, Invercargill, 20 and 21 April 2018
  • Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, School of Scent Sports, Developing Advanced Nosework Skills online course in October/November 2017
  • Detection dog training workshop by Guus Knopers, K9 Training (NZ), February 2016
  • Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, School of Scent Sports, Introduction to Nosework online course in September 2015
  • ‘Super Sniffer’ training workshop by international scent detection work expert Debby Kay in March 2015
  • Comprehensive 3-day K9 Nose Work® training seminar presented by Jill Marie O'Brien (USA), co-founder of the American National Association of Canine Scent Work LLC® (NASCWTM) in May 2014

I practice Canine Nose Work extensively with my own two dogs and continuously further my nose work knowledge and skills through training DVDs and instructional books.

Videos

Watch short videos of Canine Nose Work training sessions.

Odour - developing a focused response

 

 

Interior - search for treats

My girl Moko is practicing an interior search. Canine Nose Work NZ is a fun scent and search activity for dogs based on working detection (Sniffer) dogs.