Welcome to Nose Work Magic. We are the premier place in Whatcom and Skagit Counties for K9 Nose Work®. We offer classes, workshops, Odor Recognition Tests (ORT’s), Mock Trials, Trials, and K9 ABC Games™ for the “nose in the know”. K9 Nose Work® is a great way to spend special time with our canine friends. Whether young or old, high energy or low, shy or outgoing, reactive or calm, rescue or long time family member, K9 Nose Work® is a great activity to share.


Nose Work...you are probably saying to yourself “Oh, I know what that is.” “ I do that with my dog all the time.” “Why do I need to take my dog to classes to teach them how to use their nose?” Fair statements and questions. Every dog has a nose. Every dog knows how to use it. Even when our dogs lose their eyesight and/or their hearing, their noses continue to give them information.


Many of us do help our canine friends enjoy games and activities using their noses. We do tracking, field work, hide and seek, find it games, and, oh so many more such activities. We know that our dogs can sense and identify illness, imminent danger, and problems like cancer, seizures, mold detection, etc. We train many dogs for detection work. Bombs, drugs and narcotics, truffles, mold, and even bed bug detection services are offered using our canine friends.


So what is K9 Nose Work®?


K9 Nose Work® is a great new sport for dogs! We all know that dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Couple that with their natural desire to hunt and you have K9 Nose Work®. This sport developed in 2006 by a team of professional trainers in Southern California working with certified detection dogs. Amy Herot, Jill Marie O'Brien, and Ron Gaunt saw in their dogs how gratifying searching was. These professionals were aware of how scent-related detection activity focused their dogs and created a sense of calm and confidence. Herot, O’Brien, and Gaunt realized that not every dog can handle the physical demands of SAR (search and rescue), drug/narcotics, or bomb detection, nor do all people want to work in that field. That said, they knew that all dogs can enjoy and benefit from searching and scenting work.


K9 Nose Work® is perfect for any dog, all ages, fair-weather or foul-weather, firm or infirm. K9 Nose Work® is designed to encourage your dog's natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It is a wonderful means for letting your dog have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.


K9 Nose Work® can remain an activity to play with your dog or, if you choose, you can move into the competitive side of the sport. Either way, you and your dog work together in the pursuit of specific scents derived from easy-to-acquire (and legal) materials. The odors can be hidden inside a building, outdoors, on a vehicle, or in one of several identical containers.


In addition to regular K9 Nose Work® classes, we are offering Puppy Power Nose WorkTM and Golden Years Nose WorkTM classes.


Come join the fun.

 

“Where the Nose is in the Know”™