K9 Nose Work® Classes

If you are interested in K9 Nose Work®, please email Kathy for information about spots available in our classes, as well as private lessons. Send inquiries to: happydogschoice@gmail.com

Nose Work for the Precarious Pooch:

This specialty class is for dogs with high sensitivities.

If you have an extremely shy or fearful dog; a dog with physical limitations that is unable to do a lot of walking or activities that require a lot of stamina; or a dog that does not handle new locations in a confident manner, this will be the perfect class for you. Nose Work for the Precarious Pooch is a non-traveling class meaning all classes will be held at the Paws-A-Tive Choice, LLC learning center.

Only 4 dogs are accepted into this program, due to the nature of having dogs with sensitivities.

If you are unsure if this would be an appropriate class for your sensitive dog, please email Kathy: happydogschoice@gmail.com

Nose Work is a phenomenal sport that allows dogs to enjoy being dogs, and using their amazing ability to sniff out different scents.

Dogs that have extremely low confidence, have grown into incredibly confident dogs by going through Nose Work training.

I hope to have the opportunity to give your highly sensitive dog, a safe and enjoyable place to be, where he or she can have fun doing what comes naturally, sniffing!

Through the use of food and toys, your dog will learn how to search and locate the food or toy that is hidden, and then get rewarded for finding it. This is the beginning of teaching your dog odor detection. 

Nose Work for the Precarious Pooch is a 6-week program: 60 minutes. (Minimum number of dogs is 3 per class.)

Instructor:  Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Class Limit:  4 dogs

Class Fee:  $150

K9 Nose Work-Fun 101 (Intro to K9 Nose Work):

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This is the introduction to  K9 Nose Work® . Classes are taught according to the methods of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™) by a Certified Nose Work Instructor. This sport allows your dog to use his innate ability to detect scent and determine its source. Smelling is a natural behavior for dogs and they are the masters of it! This sport gives your dog the opportunity to do what comes naturally AND get rewarded for it. Through the use of food and toys, your dog will learn how to search and locate the food or toy that is hidden, and then get rewarded for finding it. This is the beginning of teaching your dog odor detection. As your dog learns how to search, this will give your dog the skills to move on to the next level, which is the Intro to Odor class. K9 Nose Work-Fun 101 is a 6-week program: 60-90 minutes. (Minimum number of dogs is 3 per class.)

Instructor:  Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Class Limit:  6 dogs

Class Fee:  $140

K9 Nose Work-Fun 201 (Intro to Odor):

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This is the second level of K9 Nose Work training. Your dog will be introduced to the target odor, Birch that they will learn how to search for. Dogs must have gone through the Intro to K9 Nose Work class before enrolling in this course. K9 Nose Work-Fun 201 is a 6-week program: 60-90 minutes. (Minimum number of dogs is 3 per class.)

Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work-Fun 101, or by approval of instructor

Instructor:  Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Class Limit:  6 dogs

Class Fee:  $140

K9 Nose Work-Fun 301 (Continuing Nose Work - Birch):

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This course is a continuation of the skills learned in the 201 class. Dogs are now scenting for the learned target odor in a variety of containers; searches conducted in both interior and exterior locations. More extensive vehicle searches are taught at this level. As you and your dog progress as a team, the class may be held at a variety of locations to teach your dog to search in real life environments. As the dogs in the program become proficient at locating Birch, we will introduce additional odors.  K9 Nose Work-Fun 301 is a 6-week program: 60-75 minutes. (Minimum number of dogs is 3 per class.)

Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work-Fun 201, or by approval of instructor.  

Instructor:  Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Class Limit:  6 dogs

Class Fee:  $130

K9 Nose Work-Fun 401 (Advanced K9 Nose Work):

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K9 Nose Work-Fun 401 involves Birch/Anise and will be working more Clove into the searches. This is for advanced dogs scenting on Birch and Anise, and are now training at competition level. They are ready to start working with the odor – Clove. Dogs must be proficient at working all four elements including containers, vehicles, interior, and exterior searches. Some classes may take place at various locations around Southeast Wisconsin.

Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work-Fun 301 or by approval of instructor.

Instructor:  Kathy Edstrom BA, LAT, CFEP, CNWI

Class Limit:  6 dogs

Class Fee:  $130

K9 Nose Work-Fun 501 (Advanced K9 Nose Work):

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This 6-week (60-75 minute class) is a competition-based, advanced K9 Nose Work program. Birch, Anise and Clove are all utilized in this course. Dogs and handlers are working at an advanced level. We focus on skills necessary for competition. Dogs must be proficient in all three odors and all four search elements: containers; interiors; exteriors and vehicles. Some classes may take place at various locations around Southeast Wisconsin.

Prerequisite: K9 Nose Work-Fun 401, or by approval of instructor
Class Limit: 6 dogs
Class Fee: $130

Birch, Anise & Clove Sniff-on-In Classes:

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These classes are for more advanced handlers and dogs that are proficient in Birch, but also may be working Anise and Clove. We will be doing training exercises to assist with competition preparation. However, you do NOT have to be competing to attend the Saturday or Sunday drop-in classes. All four elements may be worked and some classes may be held at various locations around Southeast Wisconsin.

Class Limit:  6 dogs per class or up to 20 dogs for special sniff-n-go types of classes

Class Fee:  $20 – $25 per class depending on location

For Saturday/Sunday Sniff-On-In Classes, (drop-in-classes): We will be working on more advanced skills to challenge the dogs and handlers.

K9 Nose Work: Sniff-on-In/Drop-In Class (All 3 odors will be available and placed according to the level of the dog.)

We are currently working on some upcoming special sniff-n-go type of classes. Check back for additional sessions. We will post additional dates and locations when scheduled. (Note: Locations are subject to change; will notify registered students if location has been changed. I am working on additional locations and dates. Those will be posted as soon as possible.)