Fun Nose Work Class Descriptions

spcaLA Fun Nose Work Class Descriptions
Not sure which class is right for you and your dog? Read our class descriptions to find where you fit! Please visit our scheduling page for available classes and to register. Questions? Email us at training@spcaLA.com. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Fun Nose Work: Intro
  • If you are new to Fun Nose Work, you will love how much mental and physical exercise your dog gets while he or she is learning to search using methods based on detection and search-and-rescue dog training. You don’t need a yard or bulky equipment to play this game and ANY dog can play—large, small, old or young. Many blind, deaf and disabled dogs have become competitive in K9 Nose Work®. K9 Nose Work® also is safe. Each dog runs alone and all other dogs are kept well away from the search areas to make every dog-handler team feel confident.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months or older.
    Schedule: 6 weekly classes, 1-2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: N/A
Fun Nose Work: Introduction to Odor
  • Fun Nose Work: Introduction to Odor introduces the different odors and how to pair them with reinforcement. Dogs will begin to learn how to use their nose and begin to establish how to work with you, as well as independently as a team.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months or older.
    Schedule: 6 weekly classes, 1-2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: Fun Nose Work: Introduction
K9 Nose Work® Foundation
  • K9 Nose Work® Foundation is for teams of all levels on odor. Non-competitive students are welcome as well as competition teams. Whether you are preparing for your first trial or competing at Elite this class will help you focus on the important building blocks for our sport including: Pairing; Boxes; Corners; Basic Vehicle focus; Leash handling; Elevation; Ground hides; Trust! With an emphasis on having fun, we will help you to continue to develop the special communication and bond between you and your dog for which K9 Nose Work® is known.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months or older.
    Schedule: 6 weekly classes, 1 hour in length.
    Prerequisites: Fun Nose Work: Introduction
Fun Nose Work: Continuing
  • Fun Nose Work: Continuing continues to work with the different odors and how to pair them with reinforcement. Dog will continue to learn how to use their nose and begin to establish how to work with you and independently as a team.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months or older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1-2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites:Fun Nose Work: Introduction to Odors
Fun Nose Work: Intermediate
  • Fun Nose Work: Intermediate is for teams at either NW1 or NW2 level. Searches are altered as necessary to match the level of each team. With an emphasis on having fun, we will help you to continue to develop the special communication and bond between you and your dog that K9 Nose Work® is known for. We also welcome non-competitive students as well as those preparing for trials.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1-2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: Dogs must be on all 3 of the odors recognized by The National Association of Canine Scent Work: birch, anise & clove.
Fun Nose Work: Advanced
  • Fun Nose Work: Advanced is designed to refine skills needed to compete or attain Fun Nose Work titles with their dog. Dog will continue to learn how to use their nose and begin to establish how to work with you and independently as a team.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1-2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: Fun Nose Work: Intermediate. Must be proficient in all three odors and receive instructor approval. Email training@spcaLA.com for approval.

Combo classes & special scheduling

Fun Nose Work: Intro to K9 Nosework®
  • Using methods based on detection and search-and-rescue dog training, this introductory class will give you a strong foundation in the sport of K9 Nose Work. In classes that meet conveniently every 2 weeks, you will love how much mental and physical exercise your dog gets while he or she is learning to search. You don’t need a yard or bulky equipment to play this game and almost any dog can play—large, small, old or young. Many blind, deaf and disabled dogs have become successful in K9 Nose Work®. K9 Nose Work® is safe as well as fun. Each dog runs alone and all other dogs are kept well away from the search areas to make every dog/handler team feel confident. Instructor support also extends beyond class time, so student handlers may contact the instructor by email with questions or problems at any time between classes.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, meeting every other week, 1-2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: N/A
Fun Nose Work: Open
  • Beginners:
    If you are new to this fast-growing dog activity, you will love how much mental and physical exercise your dog gets while learning to search using methods based on those used to train detection and search and rescue dogs. You don’t need a yard or bulky equipment to play this game and ANY dog can play—large, small, old or young. K9 Nose Work is safe. Each dog runs alone and all other dogs are kept well away from the search areas to make every team feel confident.K9 Nose Work Teams:
    Dogs that have already started Nose Work are welcome in this class regardless of level, whether they are on Odor yet or not. This is an open class and each search will be tailored to the team’s ability.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1 & 1/2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: N/A
Fun Nose Work: Continuing + Intro to Odor
  • Continuing K9 Nose Work® + Introduction to Odor will focus on introducing odor to dogs who are ready. It will also include odor obedience work for dogs who are preparing for Odor Recognition Tests or NW1 competition. The class will be structured around competition but non-competitive teams are always welcome with special appreciation.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1-2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: Dogs to start on odor must have completed an Introduction To Nose Work® course with a Certified Nose Work® Instructor. Dogs already on odor must have completed an Introduction To Odor course with a Certified Nose Work® Instructor or have instructor’s permission.
Fun Nose Work: Continuing Open Odor
  • In Fun Nose Work: Continuing Open Intermediate, all K9 Nose Work teams are welcome, regardless of level. This is an open class and each search will be tailored to the individual team’s ability.
    With an emphasis on having fun, we will help you to continue to develop the special communication and bond between you and your dog that K9 Nose Work is known for. We welcome non-competitive students as well as those preparing for trials.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1 & 1/2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: Teams must have completed an Introduction to Nose Work class or seminar with a CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor). Dogs do not need to be on Odor yet but must be ready to be introduced to Odor.
Fun Nose Work: Barbara Schwerdt's Intermediate
  • Fun Nose Work: Intermediate is designed to reinforce coursework learned in other Barbara Schwerdt classes.
  • Price: $125
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 4 classes, 1 hour in length.
    Prerequisites: Instructor approval. Email training@spcaLA.com for approval.
Fun Nose Work: Barbara Schwerdt's Advanced
  • Fun Nose Work: Advanced is designed to refine skills needed to compete or attain Fun Nose Work titles with their dog. Dog will continue to learn how to use their nose and begin to establish how to work with you and independently as a team.
  • Price: $160
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 6 classes, 1-2 hour in length.
    Prerequisites: Instructor approval. Email training@spcaLA.com for approval.
Fun Nose Work: Barbara Schwerdt's Advanced (4 Week)
  • Fun Nose Work: Advanced is designed to refine skills needed to compete or attain Fun Nose Work titles with their dog. Dog will continue to learn how to use their nose and begin to establish how to work with you and independently as a team.
  • Price: $115
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 4 classes, 2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: Instructor approval. Email training@spcaLA.com for approval.
Fun Nose Work: Barbara Schwerdt's Advanced (5 Week)
  • Fun Nose Work: Advanced is designed to refine skills needed to compete or attain Fun Nose Work titles with their dog. Dog will continue to learn how to use their nose and begin to establish how to work with you and independently as a team.
  • Price: $140
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 5 classes, 2 hours in length.
    Prerequisites: Instructor approval. Email training@spcaLA.com for approval.

Clinics

Fun Nose Work: Clinic-Intro to K9 Nose Work®
  • Fun Nose Work: Clinic-Intro to K9 Nose Work® is a 3-hour clinic for anyone who is interested in learning about the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work®. No prior experience necessary. We will start with the dog’s primary reinforcer, food or toy, no target odor in this session. This clinic is appropriate for shy, fearful or dog-reactive dogs since we only have one dog out at a time. (We cannot accommodate dogs who are aggressive to people.) Your dog must be crated safely until it is their turn to run but you will learn by watching all dogs search. Your dog must be able to be safely and securely crated without you for short periods of time.Note: This clinic will also be open to dogs who participated in a previous Intro clinic. We will evaluate how the dogs have advanced with your practice at home since the last class. We will continue to use their primary rewards to progress them with added challenges.
  • Price: $75
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 1, 3-hour clinic
    Prerequisites: N/A
Fun Nose Work: Clinic-Intro to K9 Nose Work® PART 3
  • Fun Nose Work: Clinic-Intro to K9 Nose Work® PART 3 is a 3-hour clinic for anyone who is interested in continuing with the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work®. This clinic will be open to dogs who participated in TWO previous Intro clinics with Kimberly Buchanan. We will evaluate how the dogs have advanced with your practice at home and if they’re ready introduce them to their first Target Odor. This clinic is appropriate for shy, fearful or dog-reactive dogs since we only have one dog out at a time. (We cannot accommodate dogs who are aggressive to people.) Your dog must be crated safely until it is their turn to run but you will learn by watching all dogs search. Your dog must be able to be safely and securely crated without you for short periods of time.
  • Price: $75
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 1, 3-hour clinic
    Prerequisites: Two prior Intro clinics with Kimberly Buchanan.
Fun Nose Work: Clinic-Intro to K9 Nose Work® Bull Terrier Club
  • Introduction To K9 Nose Work® – Exclusive 3 Part Clinic for Bull Terriers & Miniature Bull Terriers only
    If you are new to this fast-growing dog activity you will love how much mental and physical exercise your dog gets while learning to search using methods based on those used to train detection and search & rescue dogs. You don’t need a yard or bulky equipment to play this game and ANY dog can play—large, small, old or young – even Bull Terriers!
    And K9 Nose Work is safe – each dog works alone and all other dogs are kept well away from the search areas to make every team feel confident. Chris Mason, CNWI is a Certified Nose Work Instructor. She has 28 years experience with Bull Terriers and has been working her own dogs in K9 Nose Work since 2008. She is currently competing 2 dogs at the NW3 level in trials recognized by The National Association of Canine Scent Work. Part of the instructor’s fees to be donated to Bull Terrier Rescue.
  • Price: $500
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 3, 3-hour clinics
    Prerequisites: Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers only. No prior experience necessary.
Fun Nose Work: Clinic-Intro to K9 Nose Work® NW2/NW3 Prep
  • Fun Nose Work: Clinic-K9 Nose Work® NW2/NW3 Prep is a is a 3-hour clinic for anyone who is interested in continuing and developing their skills in the sport of K9 Nose Work®. Your dog must be able to be safely and securely crated without you for short periods of time.
  • Price: $75
    Dog ages: 6 months and older.
    Schedule: 1, 3-hour clinic
    Prerequisites: NW2 title (or Instructor approval), proficient on all 3 odors.

Please note:
spcaLA group training classes are for friendly dogs and their owners, looking to learn. Dogs must be in good general health and current on vaccines. spcaLA only uses positive training methods and training tools. We do not support the use of aversive collars such as prong, modified prong, pinch, choke, or shock collars. spcaLA group training classes are NOT meant for:

  • Dogs who growl at or are otherwise unfriendly to people;
  • Dogs who have bitten people or other animals;
  • Dog who exhibit aggression or other behavioral issues.

If your dog exhibits any of these behaviors, or if your dog does not meet class prerequisites, you will be dismissed and no refund will be issued. If your dog has behavior issues, private training is available. Please call (562)570-4910 to discuss options.