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National Association of Canine Scent Work

Workshop Descriptions

These are just a few of the fun & informative workshops offered by the founders of K9 Nose Work & the NACSW, and NACSW faculty. Most official NACSW K9 Nose Work workshops & seminars offer Continuing Education Units for certified trainers. Visit the workshop schedule and contact the host for the specific workshop you're interested in to obtain more information.

New workshops and seminars are currently in development to continue bringing K9 Nose Work enthusiasts the most informative and up to date educational experiences. Check the workshop schedule for information on the latest and newest workshops being offered in your area.


Intro to K9 Nose Work® 

Discover why the founders developed the activity, how it works, and see how quickly any dog can be taught the foundational skills for a lifetime of fun and achievement in K9 Nose Work®. 

Intro to Odor or Continuing Nose Work 

Learn how to transition your dog from hunting for food, to hunting for a target odor. Experience searching exterior areas and vehicles using the proper techniques to help your dog take charge of the game.

Working dogs must have completed Intro to Nose Work and/or been actively training for at least six weeks. Handlers must have completed Intro to Nose Work to participate with a dog. 

Advanced Nose Work   

Dogs and handlers get preparation for the trial experience through discussing the philosophy of K9 Nose Work competition, and practicing searches in the four elements of competition.

Working dogs and handlers should be trial ready at the NW1 level. Ongoing participation in an instructor led class strongly recommended. 


Competition Skill Building NW1/NW2/NW3 

Focus on advanced hide placements designed to strengthen performance for dogs and handlers.

Pre-requisite for each level is achievement of the prior title level by working dogs. Ongoing participation in an instructor led class strongly recommended.


Inaccessible Hides: The Search for Elusive Source

Learn everything you've ever wanted to know about inaccessible hides, including defining what makes a hide inaccessible, learning how to read & reward a dog's behavior in inaccessible hide situations, and how to be a helpful handler when your dog is trying to solve an inaccessible hide problem.

This is a non-working seminar featuring lecture, powerpoint, video, and live demos. 


K9 Nose Work Teamwork: From Foundation to Trial Day

A comprehensive guide to preparing for trial day, this seminar will cover training for trial, the trial walk-through, search area analysis, trial day expectations, handler strategy, and post trial learning.

This is a non-working seminar featuring lecture, powerpoint, video, photos, and demos. It is recommended that attendees have passed an ORT and are preparing to trial. 



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