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Juliet giving a beautiful indication at the Dave Kroyer seminar May 2019

Juliet proudly displaying her NACSW NW1 title

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

​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 difficulty 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, also known as a Trained Final Response, rather than classical conditioning so the dog independently and voluntarily searches, indicates and earns their reward. The dogs will have a sit and down indication after completing the Intro classes. 

Classes and Practices:


Intro to Nose Work- Trained Final Response

Tuesday at 6pm 

K9 State of Mind in Parker, CO

$180 per dog, 6 week class, limit 5 dogs


To Register:

Please email caitlin@thejoyfulcanine.com 

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 months shaping and proofing the dog's indication.  The dog will learn to sit and lie down at the source of odor as their indication.

This class is broken down into 4 6-week sessions.  The goal is a strong, durable and independent alert on odor. 


Continuing Nose Work Class #1

Tuesdays 7:15pm

K9 State of Mind in Parker, CO

$25 per dog, Drop In Format

*Must have completed my Intro to Nose Work class*

​Develop a motivated and independent search with a clear indication.  Work on distractions, barriers, thresholds, discrimination, elevated hides, etc.  We will be searching in all elements of nosework; vehicle, interior, exterior and containers.

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

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

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.​​