West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club

West Los Angeles Obedience Training Club

Nose Work Classes

Nose Work classes are designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities, similar to the work of detection dogs!  

By having fun searches and scent activities, your dog will be able to build confidence, burn lots of mental and physical energy, and enjoy working with their handler. 

This is a safe activity as well as a sport for your dog.  It’s for all breeds and ages!

All of the nose work classes are taught by Sue Howarth and are held on Wednesday’s at the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, on Motor Ave near Pico Blvd, in West Los Angeles.

Google Map to Cheviot Hills Recreation Center | Map of Training Class Locations Inside the Park

Nose Work
Introduction to K9 Nose Work

Dogs will search exclusively for their Primary reward (i.e., either food or a toy) during this class, beginning with searching in boxes, but expanding to searching for hides outside of boxes.

No prior nose work experience is required.

Introduction to Odor

Successful completion of one or more Intro to Nose Work classes, and, permission of the trainer.


This class will continue where the Intro to K9 Nose Work class left off, beginning with Primary only, but at some point transitioning to imprinting the dogs on odor by use of “pairing” (i.e. placing the dog’s primary reward next to the target odor so the dog can self-reward).

Continuing Nose Work

Permission of the trainer is required for this class.


Intended for dogs that have been introduced to all target odors and that are capable of searching for them with or without pairing. Exercises will be adapted as needed to address varying levels of experience. All dogs should be capable of entering an ORT (Odor Recognition Test) and being successful (if the handler is interested in competing).

ClassDay - Time - TrainerSession Start DateRegister
Introduction to K9 Nose WorkWednesdays 8:45 am - 9:45 am (Sue)03/20/24 (6 weeks $150)Class Full
Introduction to OdorWednesdays 10 am - 11 am (Sue)03/20/24 (6 weeks $150)Class Full
Continuing Nose WorkWednesdays 11:15 am - 12:15 pm (Sue)03/20/24 (6 weeks $150)Class Full

Wednesdays 8:45 am - 9:45 am (Sue)
03/20/24 (6 weeks $150)
Class Full
Wednesdays 10 am - 11 am (Sue)
03/20/24 (6 weeks $150)
Class Full
Wednesdays 11:15 am - 12:15 pm (Sue)
03/20/24 (6 weeks $150)
Class Full