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, (e.g., AKC, NACSW, PSD, USCSS). OTCPBC is licensed to offer AKC Scent Work trials. OTCPBC has also hosted National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs) and NW1, NW2 and NW3 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, a chair for yourself, closed toe shoes and small, easily consumed high value treats. Please bring a smartphone or small video camera so that your session may be recorded for your review after class. 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.

A complete list of classes offered may be found at this link:
Class Offerings

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Tuesday Classes

Skills Focus Classes

NW Continuing Skill Building

Description Grow your team by building skills in this class. Searches will be constructed to work on specific skills for both dogs and handlers. Skills include leash handling, start lines, elevations, introducing distractions, multiple hides and blind searches. Searches will be held inside and outdoors, weather and light permitting. Vehicle searches when provided by students.
Prerequisite: Teams must already be searching for Birch, Anise and Clove.
What to Bring: See above for “What to Bring”

Starts: Tuesday, 3/30/21 @ 4:00 PM
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Starts: Tuesday, 3/30/21 @ 5:15 pm PM
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Starts: Tuesday, 5/11/21 @ 4:00 PM
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks


Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Starts: Tuesday, 5/11/21 @ 5:15 pm PM
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks


Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Advanced Skills Classes

NW Advanced Skill Building

Description Exercises to strengthen and broaden nose work skills for dogs that have been doing nose work for 1-2 years. Birch, anise and clove will be used in hides. Hide puzzles will include multiple hides, elevations from ground level up to 6 feet, thresholds, corners, blocked and inaccessible hides, etc. Searches will take place indoors at the OTCPBC clubhouse and outdoors in the parking lot, weather permitting. Teams will be expected to video searches and share with classmates.
Prerequisite: Experience with multiple hides, converging odor, hides at various elevations.
What to Bring: See above for “What to Bring”

Starts: Tuesday, 5/112021 @ 6:45 pm PM
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 6 weeks


Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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NW Advanced Mind Games

Description: 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.
Prerequisite: Suitable for teams working at the NACSW NW3 level or equivalent. This course is focused for handlers who are dedicated to and knowledgeable in advanced understanding of the dog-handler relationship, the science of odor theory, and the application of these to successful detection. Prospective students are welcome to contact the Instructor prior to enrollment to discuss suitability.
What to Bring: See above for “What to Bring”

Starts: Tuesday, 5/11/2021 @ 8:00 pm PM
Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Saturday Classes

Skills Focus Classes

New Class!

NW Skill Observations

Description This class will focus on handler observation of the dog’s sourcing behavior as the dog solves common challenges. Challenges will include lingering/pooling odor; distractions; limited accessibility; and depending on time, multiple/converging odors. The level of difficulty of the exercises will be adapted to the dog’s experience. Exercises used will be suitable for adaptation for use by the handler in other locations. Searches will utilize birch, anise and clove and will include indoor and outdoor searches, weather permitting. Teams will be expected to video searches and share with classmates and the instructor.
Prerequisite: Dogs must be confidently searching on birch, anise or clove. Handler is prepared to record and share videos.
What to Bring: See above for “What to Bring”
Starts: Saturday, 5/8/21 @ 10:30 am
Instructor: Judy McPartland
Duration: 3 weeks
Cost: $65 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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NW Skill Building

Description Grow your team by building skills in this class. Searches will be constructed to work on specific skills for both dogs and handlers. Skill include elevations, inaccessible, converging odor, thresholds, distractions, time management, leash handling and more. Teams will be asked to search blank areas and under blind conditions. Searches will be conducted both indoors and outdoors, weather dependent.
Prerequisite: Teams must already be searching for Birch, Anise and Clove.
Starts: Saturday, 5/8/2021 @7:45AM Class meets: May 8,15,22, June 5,19, July 3
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Starts: Saturday, 5/8/2021 @9:00 AM Class meets: May 8,15,22, June 5,19, July 3
Instructor: Lauren Walsh
Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteers hours within the last 12 months)

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Cannot find a class to meet your needs? Want to be notified when new classes are added? Complete our interest survey.
Interest List for Nose Work/Scent Work Classes and Events

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Hold the dates: AKC Scent Work Trials

January 30-31, 2021.

Other Scent Work Events

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Instructor Bios:

Judy McPartland CNWI, OTCPBC Scent Work Coordinator, is a member of OTCPBC and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She is an approved AKC Scent Work Judge, PSD Judge and NACSW ORT Judge. She has competed with three English Springer Spaniels, Callie NW1 ORT, Kenzie ORT and Maggie NW3 NW3-C NW3-V, in NACSW, UKC and PSD nose work and AKC Scent Work.

Lisa Brooks is an experienced nosework enthusiast, competitor, and instructor. She focuses on the dog-handler relationship and on skilled observation and handling in support of the team. Lisa has earned NACSW NW3 Elite titles with terrier mix UCD Janie SuchADog (now the light) and with Terrier Jack.

Club member Marti Hohmann CPDT-KA, CNWI has been training dogs professionally for 15 years. For several years she coordinated 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 (2). Fizz is the recipient of multiple placements in AKC, UKC, and PSD trials, including several High in Trial awards.

Diana Johnson-Ford, Doctor of Physical Therapy, has been a dog training enthusiast since 1994. Diana competes with her current dogs (Australian Shepherds and Border Collies) in several dog sports including Rally, Obedience, Tracking, Tricks, FAST Cat, Agility, and Scent Work. Diana began teaching Physical Therapy in 1997 and brings this experience to her role as instructor of dog sports starting with agility in 2017. Diana has honed her skills as an agility instructor by studying under international agility instructors. Similarly, she has taken seminars from highly respected nose work instructors, (e.g., Amy Herot, Fred Helfers, Leah Gangelhoff, Sue Sternberg and Stacy Barnett). Diana competes with her mixed breed Border Collie, Leo in NACSW (NW3-2)NW3-C NW3-V and AKC (SWA SHDN SIE SCM).

Lauren Walsh trains and competes across the Southeastern US with her Cocker Spaniels, Raleigh NW3-Elite and Cash Money Millionaire Elite 1. She is active in NACSW, AKC Scent Work, Performance Scent Dog and CPE Canine Scent Sports. With a professional engineering background in heat transfer and fluid mechanics Lauren is skilled at setting scent puzzles to challenge both ends of the leash. Through careful observation she can provide feedback to help teams continue to grow. She enjoys all aspects of teaching nose work from introducing new teams to fine-tuning teams competing at higher levels. Lauren is an approved AKC Scent Work Judge and member of OTCPBC.