Your dog's (and your) favorite new hobby!

Want a fun class that doesn’t require a ton of prior training? Nose Work may be just the thing! Nose Work is a fun activity where dogs are trained to find certain odors. Because sniffing is one of the great joys in a dog’s life, they love learning and practicing this sport. This class is a great confidence builder for shy or fearful dogs; offers an outlet for older and retired dogs; and provides mental stimulation for ALL dogs. Any age dog can play, 

This online class introduces you and your dog to the fun sport of Nose Work. This is a self-paced classed. At the time of purchase, you’ll gain access to the entire 4-week class.  You’ll be free to work through the class exercises at your own pace, whenever is convenient for you. Your instructor facilitates a Private Facebook group where you’ll be able to ask questions, post videos and get all the encouragement needed to get a great start in this fun, enriching activity.  

Requirements:  No requirements for previous training for this class

A basic odor kit is needed.  These are available for sale at either WAGD location for $10. The supplies can also be easily sourced elsewhere. 

Fee: $68 for 4 weeks of training content and participation in a private Facebook group for Q&A and coaching. 

Access:  You get six months of access to your online class materials, with the ability to rewatch as many times as you like. 

PLEASE NOTE:  You will have separate logins for our Online Learning platform and our In-Facility Programs.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed this class. The lessons are broken down into very understandable and easy to grasp segments. High drive for scent was definitely built in this foundational class. The instructor provided timely and excellent feedback. I am enrolling in Nose Work 102 today."
Connie Brenstuhl
Nose Work 101 student
"I've taken manners classes at WAGD and have really enjoyed the instruction. I'm not always as timely with the homework and repetition practice (or my dog just needs more time to grasp a concept) than an in class program may allow as they move from topic to topic. I really loved that I could take this at my own pace and ensure we had the lesson committed before moving on. I felt very supported through the Facebook group and was able to send in videos, ask questions, and get guidance on how to best support my dog. Overall, Walker is a huge fan of nose work. It's so much fun to see him get excited to sniff, or do a double take when he finds the odor! He's a high-needs/anxious personality, and nose work has made a huge difference on his emotional state. He loves a job! Can't wait to begin Nose Work 2."
 Adie Dugan
Nose Work 101 student

Course Preview

About This Online Course

Welcome to Nose Work!

Materials You Will Need

How to Make an Odor Bowl

Welcome to Nosework!

Odor Bowl Fundamentals

Odor Bowl Without Pre-loaded Food

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Hot Bowl / Cold Bowl

Introducing Search and Release Cues with the Surprise Bowl

Surprise Bowl – Advanced

Troubleshooting When Dog Mouths Bowl

Change Odor Container

Multiple Bowls

Introducing Tins

Tins on Surfaces


Floating Tins

Unseen Hides

Your Instructor

Senior Trainer

Rhea Northcut CPDT-KA, ABCDT

Rhea is a senior trainer with What a Great Dog! She’s been teaching with us since 2016. Rhea teaches Nose Work and Pet Manners. As a Senior Trainer, she takes on challenging behavior modification cases, including leash reactivity and resource guarding. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University. She enjoys teaching owners how to better communicate with their canine companions. She has a special place in her heart for rescues and shelter dogs, having spent a large portion of her free time volunteering at animal shelters.