The goal of our Ongoing Nose Work programs is to fine-tune your handling skills, to expand your dog’s knowledge and confidence in searching new and different areas, and to perfect your dog’s alert. Teamwork with your dog will be emphasized. Searches of different types will be utilized: containers, exteriors, interiors and vehicles. 

For those interested in competing, these classes will help prepare both you and your dog for Nose Work competition. For those not interested in competing, these weekly classes are a great way to continue to the Nose Work fun with your dog.

For WAGD-Frisco Ongoing Nose Work classes: CLASSES WILL BE HELD OFFSITE at various locations in the general vicinity of WAGD Frisco. Most classes will be held OUTDOORS in parks, fields, parking lots, etc.  Indoor search areas will be rare. Contact Mickey Schufman at mickey@whatagreatdog.com to discuss availability. PLEASE NOTE that unless the weather poses a threat to our safety, class will meet regardless of weather conditions. Please dress accordingly.

For WAGD-Richardson Ongoing Nose Work classes: All classes will be held at the Richardson WAGD facility. Class will often be held outdoors at the WAGD site for exterior and vehicle searches.

  • Completion of Nose Work 101 and 102, with approval from your instructor
  • Experienced teams can request approval from the instructor
  • $88 for each 4 consecutive classes, pre-payment required. 
  • Please review Ongoing Class Policies prior to signing up.

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Your Instructors

  • Nose Work Trainer

    Bob Rodriguez
    Bob has competed and titled his dog in some of the highest levels of Nose Work Competition. Bob will tell you that “First Place Ribbons and Titles are wonderful achievements for you and your dog, but at the end of the day what really matters is having a loving relationship with your Dog” – Nose Work is one way to […]
  • Nose Work Trainer

    Ellen Heavner
    Ellen recently joined the WAGD team as a Nose Work instructor. She was trained as a research librarian and works as a research analyst but describes herself as a Nose Work nerd. Ellen is a respected Nose Work judge for three venues: UKC, AKC, and USCSS. In UKC alone, she has judged over 2,000 runs. She has two dogs that […]
  • Nose Work Trainer

    Mickey Schufman
    Mickey has been involved with dogs for over 40 years and has competed in conformation, obedience, rally and agility. She started an in-home training business (Four Paws Training School) in 2002 and worked with owners using reward based training. Some of the trainers who have influenced her most are: Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Pat Miller, Kathy Sdao, Jean Donaldson, and […]
  • Nose Work & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Rhea Northcut, CPDT-KA ABCDT
    Rhea Northcut, CPDT-KA, ABCDT is a Senior Trainer with What a Great Dog! She joined the WAGD family in 2016. Rhea teaches Pet Manners and Nose Work in both group classes and private lessons. Rhea is an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She enjoys teaching owners how to better communicate with their canine […]
  • Nose Work & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Robin Cameron KPA-CTP
    Robin Cameron KPA-CTP joined What a Great Dog! in January 2016. She is a WAGD Senior Trainer who teaches Pet Manners, Nose Work and Reactive Dog classes. Robin is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She focuses on developing the human-canine bond by helping people understand dog behavior and teach new behaviors and skills with positive, science based methods. […]