What "type" or "venue" of nosework do you teach?

Classes and Practices:

Intro to Nose Work- Indication Training

Tuesday at 6pm

Wednesday at 7pm

Starting week 2/19/2019

K9 State of Mind in Parker, CO

$170 per dog, 6 week class, limit 5 dogs

To Register: Please email caitlin@thejoyfulcanine.com and I will send an invoice and registration form.

Prerequisite:  Intro to Nose Work is for dogs brand new to the sport or handlers interested in retraining the indication. No nose work experience is needed, but basic obedience and training experience is preferred. We start on an odor cocktail and spend the first 6 weeks shaping and proofing the dog's indication.  The goal is a strong, durable and independent alert on odor. 

Continuing Nose Work Class #1

K9 State of Mind in Parker, CO

$170 per dog, 6 week class, limit 5 dogs per class

Tuesday at 7pm

Wednesday at 6pm

Starting week 2/19/2019

*Must have completed my Intro to Nose Work class*

​Proof your dog's indication with distractions on wood boxes, cardboard boxes and luggage.  Develop a motivated and independent search with a clear indication.

Continuing Nose Work Class #2
K9 State of Mind in Parker, CO
$170 per dog, 6 week class, limit 5 dogs per class
Dates TBD
*Must have completed Continuing Nose Work #1*
Dogs will be introduced to the vehicle, exterior and interior search.  We begin to discuss odor movement, scent cones and effective searching.  Continue the development of a motivated and independent search with a clear indication.

Drop In Nose Work Practice

For dogs already on odor looking for practice, come to a drop-in. Each Drop-In includes 3 search areas with 2 hides and an theme.  Themes include thresholds, elevated hides, converging odors, etc. 


Tuesdays 7pm-8pm

12/18 Handler Discrimination

Saturdays 1pm-2pm  (a second time slot can be added by request)

1/26 Thresholds

​2/9 ORT Practice

2/16 Targeting

2/23 Crack Hides (weather permitting)

Reservations Required. 5 Dog max per drop-in

$20 per dog

​K9 State of Mind in Parker, CO

​I get asked this question a lot and my answer is I teach scent detection. I start dogs on a cocktail of all 6 odors so they can compete in all venues.  You do not need a specific style of training to compete in certain venues.  Nose work is nose work is nose work. 

My classes focus on teaching a strong indication from the start and increase the search as the indication is proofed.  A dog with a strong indication and motivated search can compete in any and all venues. 

I use operant conditioning techniques rather than classical conditioning so the dog independently and voluntarily searches, indicates and earns their reward. 

A proud Joy after earning her NACSW NW1 Title in Colorado.

Joy sleeping off a big win in Montana after a weekend of UKC Nose Work Trials.

Nose Work

The sport of Nose Work is derived from the professional detection work drug and bomb sniffing K9 officers perform.  It has been turned into a recreational game for performance and pet dogs.  Dogs learn how to use their natural scenting ability to find specific odors.  Q-tips scented with oil of clove, birch, anise, vetiver, myrrh or cypress are hidden in any environment and the dog must use his nose to locate the source of odor.  The venues offering nose work in Colorado are the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), United States Canine Scent Sports (USCSS), AKC and United Kennel Club (UKC).

I am a Judge and Certified Search Designer for USCSS.

Venues use the following odors:

Birch – Betula Lenta

Aniseed – Pimpinella Anisum

Clove – Eugenia Caryophylatta or Syzgiium Aromaticum

Myrrh – Commiphora Myrrha

Vetiver – Vetiveria Zizanoides

​Cypress - Cupressus sempevirens

This is a fun and rewarding sport for any breed, age, or temperament. It is often enjoyed by older dogs who need a less physically demanding activity.​​