Q: Does my dog need special training to start learning the activity or sport of K9 Nose Work?

A: No! K9 Nose Workis an activity any dog can participate in regardless of prior training in other dog activities or sports, such as obedience.

Q: My dog has physical limitations, is K9 Nose Workstill right for us?

A: Yes! The activity of K9 Nose Work can be customized to fit the needs of almost any dog. Dogs with limited mobility, terminal illness, loss of sight or hearing, and senior dogs can all enjoy K9 Nose Work safely.

Q: My area doesn’t have any K9 Nose Workclasses or workshops. What should I do?

A: K9 Nose Work workshops can be taught anywhere. All that is needed is a host (a local dog club, a trainer, you), a suitable location, and enough participants (working and auditing). Contact Us for details on hosting a workshop.

Q: My dog is “dog reactive.” Can we still play?

A: Yes. The activity of K9 Nose Work is designed for each dog to work individually and rest safely in his crate between turns. Socializing during K9 Nose Work is only for us humans. Note: dogs with human aggression issues or extreme environmental sensitivities may want to enjoy the activity privately, with a certified trainer. The sport of K9 Nose Workuses real-world trial locations, and may not always be suitable for those handlers with reactive dogs. Check with the event host to determine if competing is right for your dog. 

Q: Who offers workshops for K9 Nose Work?

A: Only the founders of K9 Nose Work, approved faculty of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), or Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI) may conduct workshops. Anyone may submit to host a workshop. Contact Us for details on hosting workshops. Check out the Workshop Schedule for event locations and signup information.  

Q: Where can I take a K9 Nose Work class?

A: K9 Nose Work classes are taught by certified instructors (CNWI), or associate instructors in the certification process (ANWI). For a list of instructors in your area, see our Certified Nose Work Instructors page.

Q: How do I compete in the sport of K9 Nose Work?

A: The sport of K9 Nose Work is organized and sanctioned by the NACSW. Anyone wishing to compete must be a current member of the NACSW and have the competing dog registered with the NACSW. Before entering your first trial, your dog must complete an Odor Recognition Test (ORT). For more information on competing and the NACSW, visit nacsw.net

Q: How can I become a Certified Nose Work Instructor?

A: Becoming a CNWI requires passion, dedication, and the ability to learn and apply new skills and concepts. The complete criteria for becoming a CNWI are available upon request. Contact Us.

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