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The activity of K9 Nose Work is designed to be accessible to virtually any dog, including dogs who are unable to enjoy other dog activities due to age, physical limitations, lack of obedience, fear or reactivity issues. If your dog has a nose, you've got a K9 Nose Work dog!

While some breed types are known to have stronger sniffers than others, every dog has a nose far more amazing than any human, and every dog has natural instincts to use its nose.


Elderly or disabled dogs can get much needed mental exercise while taking it easy on their bodies. A fearful dog can build the confidence to get out and explore the world. Dog reactive dogs can have a chance to be part of a class setting, working separately from other dogs, but enjoying positive reinforcement in the vicinity of those dogs. Let your dog's needs determine how you both enjoy the activity of K9 Nose Work. 

Your dog may have too much energy, and lack some of the obedience necessary to practice and compete in other dog activities. K9 Nose Work is a great way to let your dog burn energy and increase focus. As your dog's skills increase, you'll always be able to keep the game challenging and exciting. For added fun, the two of you can join the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and begin competing in the sport of K9 Nose Work.

The National Association of Canine Scent Work™ (NACSW) sets the standards governing the sport of K9 Nose Work. NACSW is the only official sanctioning and organizing body for K9 Nose Work titles and Odor Recognition Titles (ORTs).