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Frequently Asked Questions

A: No! K9 Nose Work® is an activity any dog can participate in regardless of prior training in other dog activities or sports, such as obedience.

A: Yes! The activity of K9 Nose Work® can be customized to fit the needs of almost any dog. Dogs with limited mobility, terminal illness, loss of sight or hearing, and senior dogs can all enjoy K9 Nose Work® safely.

A: K9 Nose Work® workshops can be taught anywhere. All that is needed is a host (a local dog club, a trainer, you), a suitable location, and enough participants (working and auditing). Contact Us for details on hosting a workshop.

A: Yes. The activity of K9 Nose Work® is designed for each dog to work individually and rest safely in his crate between turns. Socializing during K9 Nose Work® is only for us humans. Note: dogs with human aggression issues or extreme environmental sensitivities may want to enjoy the activity privately, with a certified trainer. The sport of K9 Nose Work® uses real-world trial locations, and may not always be suitable for those handlers with reactive dogs. Check with the event host to determine if competing is right for your dog.

A: Only the founders of K9 Nose Work®, approved faculty of the National Association of Canine Scent Work® (NACSW℠), or Certified Nose Work Instructors℠ (CNWI℠) may conduct workshops. Anyone may submit to host a workshop. Contact Us for details on hosting workshops. Check out the Workshop Schedule for event locations and signup information.

A: K9 Nose Work® classes are taught by certified instructors (CNWI℠), or associate instructors in the certification process (ANWI℠). For a list of instructors in your area, see our Certified Nose Work Instructors page.

A: The sport of K9 Nose Work® is organized and sanctioned by the NACSW℠. Anyone wishing to compete must be a current member of the NACSW℠ and have the competing dog registered with the NACSW℠. Before entering your first trial, your dog must complete an Odor Recognition Test (ORT). For more information on competing and the NACSW℠, visit

A: Becoming a CNWI℠ requires passion, dedication, and the ability to learn and apply new skills and concepts. The complete criteria for becoming a CNWI℠ are available upon request. Contact Us.

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