Introduction to Nosework

Canine Nosework is a relatively new dog activity and sport that is gaining more and more popularity. It is based on search and rescue and tracking sports but geared to the general public and pet dogs rather than working dogs. Any dog can do this activity and it uses the dog's most powerful sense, smell. You do not have to want to compete in this sport to enjoy it at home. It does not take a lot of equipment and can be enjoyed all year around. It helps build confidence in shy and fearful dogs and is both fun for the dog and the owner.

The program is based on Andrew Ramsey's Training methods. The instructor, Steve Bettcher, IACP Certified Dog Trainer and Canine Nosework Training Instructor has trained with Mr. Ramsey for several years and has completed his two week "Train the Trainers Course". This class will lay a foundation for future competition if you so choose. Steve has earned two NW1 titles and a NW2 title from NACSW and is currently competing at NW3 level with his Beagle, Buddy and has earned  NW3-C and NW3-V titles.

In the Advanced class we begin to remove the food and get the dog searching on odor only. Once the dog is successful in finding Birch then we introduce Anise and Clove. And different Search Areas.

Canine Nosework Training Oakland

introduction to odor
Beagle doing canine nosework training

Steve Bettcher Canine NoseWork Training starts with the game of finding food in boxes and draws. Once the dog understands the search game we begin pairing food with our first scent Birch. Canine NoseWork training in Oakland and San Leandro.

K9 Sniffers

Buddy winning ribbons at canine nosework competition
ort & competion prep
Beagle doing canine nose work

There are three competition level classes:

- ORT (Odor Recognition Test) Prep,

- NW1 Prep and

- NW3 Prep.

Nose Work Classes for Dogs

Canine NoseWork Training German Shepherd

What is NoseWorK?