Nose Work

Are you looking for fun activities that can be done indoors or outside? Try nose work!

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Dogs use their noses all the time to process their environment. They are aware of and processing more smells all the time than we could ever do. Watching a dog use its nose is lots of fun, improves your observation skills and helps you better understand your dog. Even more fun is providing your dog with a safe situation to enjoy the dog’s natural hunting ability and for you to observe your dog in new ways. Nose work is fun for both dogs and handlers, builds a dog’s confidence, work ethic and strengthens dog/handler bond. These classes are appropriate for puppies, too.



Although our nose work classes prepare dogs for competition, you can enjoy and participate even if you never want to enter a trial. Companion dogs of all ages will love learning to use their noses.
Club members and instructors participate in several nose work venues. OTCPBC is licensed to offer AKC Scent Work and UKC Nose Work trials. OTCPBC has also hosted National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs) and NW1, NW2 trials.

In addition to offering classes and hosting trials the club periodically offers “Sniff ‘n Go” practice events that are open to the public. Information about these events may be found using the “Trials and Seminar” tab.

Class Format


In all Nose Work classes dogs work one at a time. When dog is not working, dog must be securely crated. Each handler must provide a crate for use during class. Handlers are encouraged to observe each dog/handler team work. Handlers may be asked to help with moving equipment before and after class.

What to Bring for all classes:

Please bring a crate for your dog and a chair and high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. Dogs work one at a time. Dogs must be crated when not working. Buckle or flat collar or non-restrictive harness; 10-15 foot line. No Flexi leashes. Working gear for dog is a non-restrictive harness and a 10-15 foot line.

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Getting Started

Class: NW 100C Continuing Nosework

This is the third class in our series for teams beginning nosework. This class is for dogs who have been introduced to birch as a target odor and will continue to build independent hunting and value for the target odor. Searches will be designed to create high value for the target odor and to expand dog’s searching experience. Anise will be introduced as a second target odor. The handler will practice observing dog’s behavior throughout the stages of the search process. Searches will be inside the training building and in the parking lot, weather permitting.
Prerequisites: Completion of NW 100B Introduction to Odor or equivalent. Dog actively searches for birch.
See above for “What to Bring”
Start Date: April 24, 2018 @5:30 pm Last class June 5.
Instructor: Judy McPartland and Marti Hohmann
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)

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Fundamental Skills Classes

NW 110 Multiple and Inaccessible Hides

This class will introduce searches for multiple hides. Initially will avoid placing hides that will result in converging odor. Will introduce exercises to help distinguish source from lingering odor. Handlers will be encouraged to observe elements of dog’s behavior chain, not just dog’s natural response at source. Will introduce inaccessible hides with an emphasis on observing dog’s behavior when encountering inaccessible hides . Class will provide opportunities to strengthen odor obedience. As appropriate will include searches for multiple hides where odor is converging .
Prerequisites: Dog actively searches for birch.
See above for “What to Bring”
Start Date: April 24, 2018 @6:45 pm FULL Last class June 5.
Instructor: Judy McPartland and Marti Hohmann
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)

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Advanced Skills Classes

NW 306 Advanced Mind Games

Advanced puzzles and challenges for dog-handler teamwork, upper level competition strategies, and problem solving specific to each team. Dogs must be proficient on birch, anise, and clove, proficient with multiple hides per search, experienced with all typical search elements (interiors, exteriors, vehicles, containers), and skilled with hides at ground, elevation, corners, inaccessible locations, converging, etc. Suitable for teams working at the NACSW NW3 level or equivalent.
Start Date: Tuesday, 4/17/2018 @ 8:00 PM. Last class June 5.
Instructor: Lisa Brooks FULL
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)

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Practice and Trial Preparation Classes

NW 210 Nosework Puzzles I

Nosework puzzles to challenge and strengthen dog-handler skills and teamwork. This class will combine fundamental skills (odor obedience, corners, thresholds, ground and elevation hides, etc.) with more intermediate skills (birch and/or anise, multiple hides, inaccessible sources, etc.). Great for fun and suitable for teams interested in working toward entry- and mid- level competition.
Starts: Saturday April 14, 2018 @9:00 AM. Meets on the following dates: April 14 & 21; May 5 & 12; June 2 & 16.
See above for “What to Bring”
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks (not consecutive)
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2017)

NW 213 Nosework Puzzles II

Nosework puzzles and challenges for dog-handler teamwork, search strategies, and problem solving. Teams will work toward proficiency in multiple odors (birch, anise, and clove), multiple hides per search, inaccessible hides, converging odors, etc. Great for advanced fun and suitable for teams ready for intermediate- to advanced-level competition.
See above for “What to Bring”
Starts: Saturday April 14, 2018 @10:15 AM. Meets on the following dates: April 14 & 21; May 5 & 12; June 2 & 16.
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 6 weeks (not consecutive)
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2017)

Starts: Saturday April 14, 2018 @11:30 AM. Meets on the following dates: April 14 & 21; May 5 & 12; June 2 & 16.
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 6 weeks (not consecutive)
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours in 2017)

Upcoming Classes

 

Sniff ‘n Go

We are busy planning our next few Sniff ‘n Go events. We will post details here when finalized.

Hold the dates: AKC Scent Work Trial November 24 and 25, 2018.

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Instructor Bios:

Judy McPartland ANWI, OTCPBC Scent Work Coordinator, is a member of OTCPBC, the Iowa City Dog Obedience Club (AKC), 4RK9s (UKC), Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association (ESSFTA). She is an approved AKC Scent Work Judge. She owns three English Springer Spaniels with whom she competes in NACSW, UKC and PSD nose work and AKC Scent Work.

Lisa Brooks is an experienced NACSW nosework enthusiast, approved AKC Scent Work Judge, the proud handler of terrier mix UCD Janie SuchADog NW3 Elite. Lisa is currently training with Jack NW2. She recently moved to FL from NJ, where she was privileged to train with experienced NACSW Judges and Certifying Officials who are experienced professional detection dog handlers.

Club member Marti Hohmann CPDT-KA has been training dogs professionally for 15 years. Currently she coordinates the Prison Pups training program offered by New Horizons Service Dogs at two area institutions. Both of her dogs, Lark and Fizz, have earned the NACSW titles, Lark the NW2 title and Fizz NW3. Fizz is the recipient of multiple placements in AKC, UKC, and PSD trials, including several High in Trial awards.

Lauren Walsh is a member of OTCPBC. She is active in NACSW, UKC Nosework and Performance Scent Dog trials with her two Cocker Spaniels and is currently preparing to compete with them in AKC trials. She is an approved AKC Scent Work Judge.