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Serving Kitsap and Pierce Counties  from our Gig Harbor Studio + Virtual Training & Consults Worldwide!

Sound Dog Connection

K9 Nosework



Dogs learn how to apply scent detection skills in
a fun and engaging way.

What’s K9 Nose Work®

K9 Nose Work® is the fun search and scenting activity that all dogs and their people can enjoy. It’s also a nationwide competitive sport, organized and governed by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).

In K9 Nose Work®, dogs learn how to search for a specific odor or odors and find the source. Dogs start by searching for their favorite food or toy reward hidden in a variety of environments, increasing the challenges and adding new search skills as the dog progresses. Most people will choose to have their dogs learn to find the target odors used in K9 Nose Work®: birch, anise, and clove. Once target odors are introduced to the dog, they will search for the odor only and find its source, then get rewarded by their handler with their favorite food or toy reward.

K9 Nose Work® introduces dogs to four different search elements: container, interior, exterior, and vehicles. Dogs build their hunt drive and learn foundational search skills in all four elements. Later stages of K9 Nose Work® introduce advanced detection and handling skills to teams.

K9 Nose Work® is an activity that uses real-world environments and can be done almost anywhere. Every search has the potential to be a dramatically different and highly stimulating experience for both dog and handler. By participating in K9 Nose Work® with your dog, you’re giving your dog the freedom to express and refine their natural talents, and your dog is giving you a glimpse into how they “see” the world.

You’ll experience some


  • Dogs easily burn lots of mental and physical energy doing searches
  • Searches can be done anywhere you can take your dog
  • No prior training is required
  • In classes, dogs work one at a time and rest crated or safely in their vehicle in between searches so reactive dogs can enjoy the activity too
  • Shy and fearful dogs build confidence and overactive dogs put their energy into fun searches
  • Stronger bond between dog and handler as handler learns to observe, understand, and rely upon their dog

Now Offering:

Before you sign up for a session, would you consider a complimentary 15 minute phone or zoom chat to discuss a plan.


$ 125
  • Want to get started? Schedule nose work initial session using the link below. Once you have done that you begin in order below. Scheduled at your convenience.

K9 Nose Work® Package deals

$ 400 SIX 30-minute K9 Nose Work® sessions
  • These sessions are dedicated to enriching your dog's life by giving them a job. This job is essential for their well-being and enhances the bond between humans and dogs.
  • First Sniffs: Introduction to the activity of K9 Nose Work(R) Unleash your dog amazing olfactory abilities for a confidence boost and enrichment
  • Apprentice Sniffs: More sniffs, continuing the games while adding some complexity and target odors
  • Master Sniffs: More sniffing games and inspiration for ways to play at home.
  • Sniffs & Beyond: Continued sniffing fun which includes field trips
  • *This package requires an initial one hour session ($125.) to set expectations and get started. Packages are scheduled at your convenience and are not refundable.


$ 400 Package of SIX sessions
  • This is for dogs 8 years of age and over.
  • Includes a functional, spacious and washable treat pouch that is filled with single ingredient high value beef liver treats (made in the US)
  • The data is in… keeping our senior dogs engaged and mentally stimulated is essential for longevity!
  • *This package requires an initial one hour session ($125.) to set expectations and get started. Packages are not refundable


Schedule a 15 minute Zoom or phone chat