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Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work® is a fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity  builds confidence and focus in dogs, and provides a safe rewarding way to keep dogs healthy through mental and physical exercise.



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For more information about K9 Nose Work® or questions about private or group instruction please contact Lisa Mallory at Lisa@gooddogtrainingllc.com or call/text 336-870-9398.

The practice of Nose Work has reached dogs  of all shapes and sizes, and has made search & detection skills available to pet and companion dogs, creating a new arena for sport dog enthusiasts, as well as the pet owner who wants to have fun with their dog while giving him or her something natural and instinctive to do. K9 Nose Work® is easy and fun  for the handler, as well as exciting, fun and tiring for your dog. Nose Work provides great mental and physical exercise for a dog.

People with shy, reactive or sensitive dogs report that when the sport of K9 Nose Work® is carefully and methodically taught, their dogs become more confident, less anxious and reactive, more in tune to the search at hand, and less likely to notice things in the environment that used to concern or frighten them.The practice of Nose Work has reached dogs  of all shapes and sizes, and has made search & detection skills available to pet and companion dogs, creating a new arena for sport dog enthusiasts, as well as the pet owner who wants to have fun with their dog while giving him or her something natural and instinctive to do. K9 Nose Work® is easy and fun  for the handler, as well as exciting, fun and tiring for your dog. Nose Work provides great mental and physical exercise for a dog.

Dogs of all breeds, ages, and abilities are welcome – from the young unfocused puppy to the elderly dog no longer able participate in long walks or rough-and-tumble dog play at the park – all will be successful and have fun. Owners, too! No dog training experience is necessary.

The sport of K9 Nose Work® also brings special benefits for dogs with issues such as lack of confidence or focus, being overly-reactive around other dogs and/or people, dogs convalescing from medical problems or living with disabilities (hearing or sight impairment, loss of a limb), generalized social or situational anxiety preventing them from joining a typical group training class, and retired conformation, competition, service, or working dogs in need of a job to keep them busy and happy.

K9 Nose Work® for shelter dogs

K9 Nose Work® article as featured in The Whole Dog Journal 

Dog Training in Boone, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Banner Elk, Ashe, Avery and Watauga Counties of North Carolina

Extremely active, high energy dogs benefit tremendously from the intense effort and focus they give during a search. The mental exercise of figuring out where the scent they are searching for is located, and the physical exercise of sniffing and inhaling deeply as they work combines to make for an extremely satisfied and tired dog.

Introductory K9 Nose Work® video:

K9 Nose Work® article as featured in ​The Bark ​:

Summer 2017

​K9 Nose Work® Classes

Beginning Intro to K9 Nose Work® 

Exterior/Environmental K9 Nose Work®

Monday Evenings 

6:00 - 7:00 (Exterior/Environmental)

7:30 - 8:30 (Beginning Intro)


Beginning Intro - May 22nd, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 10th

Exterior/Environmental - June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 10th, 17th

Held at The Center For K9 Excellence


No prior training required for Beginning Intro class. Exterior/Environmental class must have completed Beginning Intro or have instructor permission. Dog must be able to wait in a crate or in a car (weather permitting) between searches. Only one dog works at a time. Class limit 5 dogs. See Sign Up page to enroll and read the class descriptions.

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K9 Nose Work® starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes,  eventually expanding the game to   entire   rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and  if   desired competition  skills are taught.