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K9 Nose Work® is the new, exciting, urban detection-style dog sport that is designed to develop dogs’ natural scenting abilities by using their curiosity, their instinctual desire to hunt, and their love of toys, food, and exercise. This sport turns you and your dog into a fine-tuned detection team, locating target rewards and target scents* in challenging search environments. It’s a great way for any dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. The art and practice of nose work has made basic search dog skills available to companion dogs, creating a new sport arena for dog enthusiasts. Not only has it proven to be a great activity for all types of dogs, but the founders' techniques make this one of the most accessible activities for the widest variety of dog owners regardless of previous training experience.  K9 Nose Work® is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes - absolutely zero prior obedience training required! Dogs are sniffing it up!!
(*Note: this activity is strictly for fun and sport - the target odors used in the sport are 3 particular essential oils).


Melanie Brittain, owner & operator of Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Concierge, became one of the first of several National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™*) Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructors (CNWI) in the Georgia in April of 2013. K9 Nose Work® is a brand new dog sport that had its first sanctioned competition trial in California in 2008.  See below for more information about classes in this super fun activity and sport and find out why you and your dog will LOVE it!

Melanie has trained and studied with K9 Nose Work® co-founders Ron Gaunt & Amy Herot beginning in 2011 through the NACSW’s Georgia Instructor Camp in Cleveland, GA.  Each year Instructors and Nose Work enthusiasts gather at Camp Coleman to acquire expert instruction and training for themselves and their dogs.  Melanie also has attended and trained with various other NACSW instructors through workshops around the country to continue to advance her understanding of how the canine’s nose works.  Melanie currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes in Douglasville, GA. 

CNWI-logo*National Association of Canine Scent Work



Melanie Brittain, CNWI

K9 Nose Work® Courses

Cost for Each 6-Week Course: $150

INTRO TO NOSE WORK 1 & 2 - (Two 6-Week Courses) Start the foundation skills and get your dog using his or her natural scenting abilities.  No prerequisite for Intro to Nose Work 1; prerequisite for Intro to Nose Work 2 is Intro to Nose Work 1.

INTRO TO ODOR 1 & 2 - (Two 6-Week Courses) Prerequisites: Intro to Nose Work 1 & 2.  These courses are for those who are already having fun training their dog in the basics of K9 Nose Work and want to take the next step.  All dogs are taught to identify the same scent, a natural essential oil used in K9 Nose Work® trials. Techniques and tactics for building better dog/handler teamwork are covered. High food or toy motivation is beneficial for this class.

Dogs/handlers must have completed both Intro to Nose Work 1 & 2 (and Intro to Odor 1 if signing up for Odor 2) and be able to demonstrate skill proficiency with box hides, elevated hides, and various environmental hides. The first target odor is introduced in this class. Your instructor will assess your dog’s readiness for the odor courses.  A good guideline for knowing when you and your dog are ready for Intro to Odor:

  1. Your dog sees a configuration of boxes, and knows the nose game is on!
  2. Your dog has experienced and can search in 5 different locations of varying environment types (i.e. living room other then the dog's, garage at a friend's house, park like area, office, etc.)
  3. Your dog will search an entire search area, not just boxes and/or objects, to find his reward
  4. Your dog has built stamina to do several searches and maintain focus and energy
  5. You know what really motivates your dog and overrides other interests (in people, dogs, environments)

INTERMEDIATE NOSE WORK - For dogs that have completed Intro to Nose Work 1 & 2 and Intro to Odor 1 & 2 and have met minimum proficiency in finding their initial target odor. This class will continue to develop handler skills and increase searching challenges. Handlers interested in entering trials with their dogs will learn trial rules and build skills to help them be successful in earning their first title - NW1. Once you and your dog earn your NW1 title, you will graduate to an Advanced Class!

ADVANCED NOSE WORK - Designed for the experienced teams who have earned their NW1 title or above. Advanced level training will expand both the handler's understanding of the concepts of Nose Work and expand the dog’s level of experience in problem-solving more difficult searches. New target odors will be introduced in this course. This level, which is offered on an ongoing basis, is geared towards tactics, advanced handling, off-leash work, and trial preparation. The teams will learn to navigate more intricate and challenging training scenarios to prepare them for their NW 2 & 3 titles.

About the classes:

  • The classes meet once a week for 60 or 90 minutes
  • Each class is limited to 6 dog/handler teams or less
  • Each dog will be worked individually during the class
  • Dogs will need to be crated and/or kept in your vehicle (during nice weather) between working times (indoor climate-controlled crating area available) - If crated, dogs must be able to rest calmly in a crate. 

Who can participate?

  • Any dog or puppy 4 months old and up!
  • Even retired dogs or dogs with physical limitations (as long as they are mobile)
  • EVEN dogs who are fearful of other dogs and/or reactive toward other dogs can participate! We create a safe environment where only one dog at a time is working in class and the others are crated out of sight in a separate area.  This is great because owners of reactive dogs can relax and enjoy the FUN!!
  • If your dog has ever injured another dog, we can assess if a class or private Nose Work sessions would be better for you and your dog.
  • Dogs with aggression issues toward people are not able to participate in a group class setting - but be sure to ask Melanie about Private Nose Work Sessions!

For more information, visit:
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