Easy and fun

K9 Nosework is the fastest growing dog sport for a reason—it’s fun and easy to learn for both dog and human handler.

All dogs welcome

Nosework is the perfect sport for dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and mixes, and energy levels. All that’s required is that your dog have a nose.

Build your dog’s focus and confidence

Not only is Nosework great fun, it has great side effects, too—like creating a more focused, responsive, and confident canine companion.

Why train at WOOFS!

Experienced, professional dog trainers

We don’t just love dogs—we understand how they tick. Our instructors are highly certified dog trainers with many years’ experience and a commitment to ongoing education in our field.

Skilled classroom instructors

We’re also committed to good teaching, employing active classroom instructional and management strategies to ensure a fun, effective experience for all canine and human students.

Small class size

We keep numbers low—no more than 8 dogs per class—in order to provide a focused learning environment that meets each students’ and dogs’ needs.

Science-based, dog-and-people friendly methods

In an unregulated industry we use only the most up-to-date, humane, dog- and human-friendly training methods to ensure a good time is had by all while achieving excellent performance results.

Real-life results

Speaking of results, what good are they in the classroom if you can’t replicate them in competition? If you decide to take K9 Nosework to the competition level, you’ll be well prepared. Just want to have fun? Our trainers will see that you do!

Intro to K9 Nosework

group training class

Your dog will learn to use his natural scenting abilities to find hidden treats or objects and lead you to them. You won’t believe how fun it is to watch your dog’s light bulb come on in this low-impact sport designed for high-level mental stimulation.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS

For dogs 4 months old at the start of class

Where and when:

Shirlington Campus
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Prerequisites:

Your dog must be able to crate quietly in a portable crate you bring to class.

Class tuition:

$215 for 7 weeks of class

Intro to Odor

group training class

More fun with your dog’s sniffer! This course will introduce your dog to one of the key Nosework scents used in competition—birch—while you build your ability to read your dog to help her refine her searching. We’ll begin to increase search difficulty, possibly even moving to outdoor and car searches as teams are ready.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS
Where and when:

Shirlington Campus
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Prerequisites:

Introduction to Nosework class. Your dog must be able to crate quietly in a portable crate you bring to class.

Class tuition:

$215 for 7 weeks of class

Continuing Nosework I

group training class

We’ll tackle more difficult searches while your dog works two new scents- anise and clove—and you build your handling skills to assist his success. We’ll also introduce the skills needed to compete in this sport.

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS
Where and when:

Shirlington Campus
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Prerequisites:

Intro to Odor class. Your dog must be able to crate quietly in a portable crate you bring to class.

Class tuition:

$215 for 7 weeks of class

Continuing Nosework II

group training class

We up the ante by working on Nosework puzzles using all three odors and all trial environments—interior searches, containers, outdoor searches, and vehicles. You can also prepare for the K9 Nosework Odor Recognition Test (ORT).

TUITION & CLASS DETAILS
Where and when:

Shirlington Campus
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Prerequisites:

Continuing Nosework class. Your dog must be able to crate quietly in a portable crate you bring to class.

Class tuition:

$215 for 7 weeks of class