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Nosework classes require prior instructor approval. Priority enrollment is given to members of the Greater Lafayette Kennel Club. Classes are $80 member/$120 non-member for eight weeks, unless otherwise noted.


Beginner Nose Work 

Nose work is a fun and fast growing sport where dogs search for essential oil scent similar to drug or bomb detection dogs.  We will use the method of shaping (Operant Conditioning) and back chaining. The dog "finds" the odor by accident and is rewarded at source. Prior approval of the instructor is required. 

Contact Janet Winslow or  Education Committee Chair for more information.

Target Dog and Age Range:

The activity of GLKC Nose Work is accessible to any dog, including dogs that are unable to enjoy other dog activities due to age, physical limitation, lack of obedience, fear or reactivity issues


By the end of this class you will understand what is required to enter an Odor Recognition Test (ORT) and should be prepared to or close to being ready to enter an ORT.

Prerequisite skills:
Promotion requirements:
Dog able to recognize the odor and handler recognize the alert.
Class size, duration:
8 dog and handler teams, 8 weeks, one hour per week.
Skills covered in class:
  • Introduction to clicker training
  • Preparing and Handling Odor
  • Intro to odor
  • Adding Duration
  • Hunting games
  • Proofing
  • Body Language/Handler Cues
  • False Alerts
Equipment provided by the handler:
  • 4’-6’ leather or cloth leash (no nylon)
  • plain buckle or quick snap collar or harness (no tags)
  • Variety of soft treats
  • Clicker (if desired but highly advised)
Equipment purchased ($10) by handler on week 2:
  • Beginning odor kit with 1 essential oil (Birch)










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