K9 Nose Work® Classes

K9 Nose Work® is fun scent detection work for dogs. Simply put, it is allowing your dog to do what he does best, use his nose. Our classes are designed to teach the handler and dogs to do the same type of work as a professional scent dog (drugs, bombs, arson, etc.) but just for fun! We use three different odors – birch, anise and clove – in four different search environments (elements) – interiors, exterior, vehicles and containers. All dogs have great noses and are capable of the work. The difference for us is that there are no lives on the line and everyone has fun! 

This is a great activity for you. If you are interested there are also competition events. Our classes are designed to help you enjoy Nose Work for fun and fun during competition. The work is all positive so the dog has good associations with the work and the environments. We focus on building the dog’s hunt drive so that they will work happily and independently. These methods are great confidence builders for the dog and fun for all involved. Dogs are worked one at a time so those with dog social issues can still participate in classes.

If you are interested in trying K9 Nose Work® you will start with the Introduction to Nose Work and then continue with Introduction to Odor. These foundation classes are each 6 week sessions and will give you an idea of what the activity and sport are about. Continuing classes will help you hone your handling skills, learn to read your dog and become a better partner to your dog. If you are interested, they will also prepare for competition. 

Nose Work is an activity that all dogs can enjoy. However, not all dogs are comfortable in a class setting. Some may be too worried about new people and some are not able to wait in the car for their turn to search. Many dogs who don’t appreciate the company of other dogs can successfully navigate the class parking lot but some cannot. If attending a class is not a good fit for your dog, you can still do Nose Work at home. You can attend the class as an auditor without your dog and do the exercises at home with your dog. You and your dog still get all the benefits of Nose Work. And you get even more instruction and observation time as an auditor. Contact Dorothy if you are interested in attending class as an auditor.  

K9 Nose Work® classes are offered at the Canine Co-op in Lacey. Classes are taught by Dorothy Turley and Rachelle Bailey-Austin, two highly experienced, Certified Nose Work Instructors.

COVID-19 Class Protocols


#1 rule – if you are someone you are around is showing symptoms, feels sick, have tested positive or have a possible exposure, do not come to class.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at both doors to use every time you enter the building (even if you are wearing gloves). Feel free to bring your own hand sanitizer for your own use.
  • When possible, doors will be propped open.
  • Only one person in the lobby at a time.
  • Inside & Outside: Everyone should maintain a minimum of 6’ of distance from anyone outside of their household.
  • Please do not rearrange chair in class. If you are attending with someone from your household, you may move a chair to sit together but please make sure that you have space from others.
  • Once you are seated at a class, please stay in that chair for the duration of the on that day. You do not need to sit in the same place every week.
  • Inside the building—EVERYONE must wear a mask.
  • Outside the building:
    • If you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your last vaccination), you will no longer be required to wear a mask at class.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your last vaccination), you will need to wear a mask.
  • Masks are welcome at any time for any reason, so feel free to continue to wear yours if it helps you feel comfortable.
  • Staff will frequently clean and sanitize bathroom and building with a particular emphasis on commonly touched surfaces. (We always did but now you know we do 🙂

Classes Offered

Beginning level-Interiors, Containers, Exteriors & Vehicles


Class Description: Dogs know how to use their noses! They also have a natural desire to hunt and love using their nose to do this. The activity and sport of K9 Nose Work is designed to help you and your dog work together to use these natural abilities while also using plenty of your dog’s mental and physical energy. And you will enjoy watching you dog do what he loves. Nose Work is for dogs of all breeds, ages and abilities. This class will focus on building your dog’s hunt drive and teaching him how to search interiors and containers. All dogs will be separate and we only work one dog at a time so dogs that are not comfortable with other dogs are welcome but please clear with instructor first. We will meet for 6 sessions and each will be 1 to 1.5 hours long.

Prerequisite: Dog must be at least 5 months old (or instructor permission).

Notes: Beginning Level. Dogs attend all 6 classes. In K9 Nose Work, we only work one dog at a time so that they can focus and you can watch other teams work. You should plan to leave your dog in the car until it is his turn. Please feel free to discuss any concerns that you may have with the instructor in advance of class.

Cost: $180 per dog

Dates: Monday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. 

Fill out a registration form to be notified when we have a new class scheduled.

Click Here to register for an Intro to Nose Work Class

Intermediate level-Interiors, Containers, Exteriors & Vehicles

Class Description: This class is for dogs that have completed the Introduction to K9 Nose Work® classes. We will introduce the first odor (birch) to the teams. We will also focus on reading dogs and improve human handling skills in their searches. This is a 6 week class and each class is 1-1.5 hours long.
Prerequisite: Dog and handler have must have completed the Introduction to K9 Nose Work® class.

Notes: Dogs attend all 6 classes.
Cost: $170 per dog.

Dates: Thursday, January 6, 2022-11:30 a.m.
               Monday, March 7, 2022-6:30 p.m.

Click Here to register for an Intro to Odor Class

Intermediate & Advanced Level

Class Description: These classes are for dogs and handlers teams that have completed the Introduction to Odor class. We will continue to work with Birch but expand the dog’s search areas and skills. We will work in all four elements—containers, interiors, exteriors and vehicle searches. Additional odors, Anise and Clove, will be added as the team advances. Each level is progressively more challenging. Teams in these classes can look forward to competing with their dog or continuing to enjoy Nose Work as a rewarding hobby. These are 6-week class sessions and each class is 1-1.5 hours long.

Prerequisite: Teams must have completed Introduction to Nose Work and Introduction to Odor class. Check with instructor to find a class that will work for you and your dog.

Notes: Dogs attend all classes. These classes are open enrollment–you may start at any time with the permission of the instructor. Students are added to classes based on space availability and skill level.

Check with an instructor before registering to find the right class for you and your dog and if there is space available.

Cost: $150 per dog for 6 week sessions.

Class times: Mondays, 5:00 p.m.

                        Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.

                        Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m.

                        Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.

                        Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.

                        Wednesdays, 5:15
                        Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m.

                        Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.

                        Fridays, 6:30 p.m. 

                        Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. 

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