K9 Nose Work

Benefits of K9 Nose Work®

  • great activity for ALL dogs
  • productive energy drain for puppies and active dogs
  • safe activity for dogs rehabilitating from injuries
  • safe activity for blind dogs
  • productive outlet for reactive dogs
  • fun activity for veteran dogs (ages 7+)
  • fun activity for humans of all ages and abilities

What we love about nose work...

  • allows dogs to be the teachers – we aren’t training them to do anything they don’t already know how to do!
  • allows humans to observe animal behavior in much greater detail
  • allows dogs to pursue their natural sniffing talent, balancing them emotionally and mentally (great therapy!)
  • builds confidence in anxious dogs
  • gives reactive dogs a place to have fun

Classes - $175-225

Minimum age: 4 months, no obedience required
One hour class once a week for 6 weeks

Classes follow this sequence. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • K9 Nose Work® 1
  • K9 Nose Work® 2
  • K9 Nose Work® 3
  • K9 Nose Work® 4
  • Continuing Odor
  • Competition Odor Class
  • Trial prep for NW2 and/or NW3
  • Trial prep for Elite

Wonderful activity for dogs of all ages! Excellent mental stimulation – will tire out even high energy puppies/dogs. Also appropriate for older dogs looking for something fun to do, dogs who are rehabilitating an injury, or reactive dogs not comfortable working around other dogs.

All dogs have the ability to excel at K9 Nose Work® since dogs “see” the world through their noses. If you are looking for a way to exercise your dog and drain some excess energy, Nose Work may be just the thing. This is a sport that celebrates the dog’s natural abilities and teaches humans to recognize and build on those natural talents. Learn how to have fun with your dog’s sniffing habits (instead of complaining about them)! Classes are taken in sequence to first allow dogs to learn to problem solve finding the source, experience multiple environments and conditions, and then to train on specific odors. Because each dog works one at a time with no other dog present, handlers can relax and enjoy the activity (appropriate for reactive dogs). The sport also builds confidence in low confidence/anxious dogs.

Cancellation, Withdrawal, & Refund Policy

Enrollment in our classes and seminars is limited and your participation is important to us. Once you have registered, we are counting on you to attend. If WDI cancels a class, you will receive a full refund. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

A student wishing to withdraw from a class that has not been cancelled by WDI must provide a written request at least one week before the scheduled start of the class. We will offer a full refund minus a $20 administrative processing fee per student per class. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Within the week prior to the start of a class or after the class has begun, refunds will not be given. In the case of verified medical/hardships a credit may be given.

Any credit you receive from WDI will be valid for one year from the date you notify us and must be used by someone on the same account as the original student. WDI will not extend credit for occasional missed classes due to illness or other circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE: WDI will not refund class fees if the student/dog is asked to withdraw from the class due to behavior of the dog. We are happy to evaluate a dog (at no charge) prior to registration to determine if the dog can handle the classroom environment.

If a student misses a class and wishes to attend a make-up, one will be offered at the instructor’s discretion. The cost will be 50% the cost of a private lesson. Generally, a make-up lesson will be half the time of a normal class session (e.g., 30-minute make-up time for one missed hour long class).

Outdoor classes will be held in all weather conditions except in unsafe weather conditions as determined by the instructor (e.g., thunder and lightening). Indoor classes will be held unless road conditions are dangerous. Students will be notified via email one to two hours before the start of class, if classes will be cancelled. Please email or call your instructor if you are unsure if class will be held.

If unable to hold a class due to weather (or other unforeseen circumstances), a make-up class will be scheduled. Make-up classes will be offered during the two-week break between regularly scheduled sessions. Every effort will be made to hold the make-up class on the same day and time as the original class, however, if weather or other circumstances preclude the instructor from holding class on that day and time, the class will be scheduled for another day and time.

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