What is K9 Nose Work?

K9 Nose Work is a dog training activity designed to develop a dog’s natural scenting ability by using her/his curiosity, desire to hunt, and love of toys, food and exercise. The art and practice of nose work is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes and 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 handlers regardless of previous training experience.

The K9 Nose Work class concept and sport was created to provide an opportunity for companion and sport dogs to have an outlet for their natural hunting and scenting abilities. While the class structure was not developed or intended as a foundation program for professional detection work, it is patterned after the model used for working detection dogs.

In the Queen Village section of Center City, classes are taught by Patricia Bentz, Certified K9 Nose Work Instructor. She is a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work and has met NACSW requirements for teaching the program.

Videos of professional search dogs at work:

Dog Detects Superbugs at Hospital in Vancouver

Dogs Help Sniff Out Crime at Philadelphia International Airport


Why Should You Sign Up for A K9 Nose Work Class?

  • Takes advantage of your dog’s scenting abilities
  • It is fun for you and your dog and strengthens your bond
  • Stimulates and intellectually challenges your dog
  • Tires your dog out without tiring you out!
  • Doesn’t require a lot of space
  • Can be played anywhere
  • No equipment purchase/storage necessary
  • Can be done any time of the day or night
  • Great for dogs that are not able to run around AND for those that are!
  • Various levels of difficulty to keep you and your dog challenged
  • No prior training is required
  • Increases your dog’s confidence level & may reduce environmental reactivity

What Are the Class Levels?

  1. Introduction to Nose Work: Learn the basics working mostly indoors
  2. Introduction to Odor: Begin using birch as a search scent and work on harder searches
  3. Continuing Odor: Learn to search for Anise & Clove; Search vehicles, Center City businesses, outside locations
  4. Advanced Odor: Exposure to more challenging searches

What if Your Dog Cannot Wait Quietly in His/Her Crate or Your Car?

Seek professional help with this OR consider private instruction in your home

When is the next K9 Nose Work Class?


Video of scent detection in Russia! 

See the Nose Work picture gallery for photos

Patricia and Sadie Miller Bentz receive their NW1 title at the Stroudsburg, PA trial in May 2014

Patricia and Sadie Miller Bentz receive their NW1 title at the Stroudsburg, PA trial in May 2014

K9 Nose Work class student Daisy refuses to leave the search area!

High energy Daisy doesn’t want to leave the Nose Work search area!


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