K9 Sniffers

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 the following NACSW titles; NW1, NW2, NW3, NW3-C, NW3-V, NW3-E, NW3-I, L1C, L2C, L1I. AKC Titles: SWN, SBN, SCN, SIN, SEN and SDS Titles: Excellent with his Beagle, Buddy.

Buddy winning ribbons at canine nosework competition

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

What is NoseWorK?

There are three competition level classes: NACSW, AKC and SDA

- ORT (Odor Recognition Test) Prep,

- Novice

- Advanced

- Elite & Excellent

ort & competition prep
introduction to odor
Beagle doing canine nose work
Beagle doing canine nosework training

Nose Work Classes for Dogs

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.

Canine NoseWork Training German Shepherd