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K9 Nose Work® is the new, exciting, urban detection-style dog sport that is designed to develop dogs’ natural scenting abilities by using their curiosity, their instinctual desire to hunt, and their love of toys, food, and exercise. This sport turns you and your dog into a fine-tuned detection team, locating target rewards and target scents* in challenging search environments. It’s a great way for any dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. The art and practice of nose work has made basic search dog skills available to companion dogs, creating a new sport arena for dog enthusiasts. Not only has it proven to be a great activity for all types of dogs, but the founders' techniques make this one of the most accessible activities for the widest variety of dog owners regardless of previous training experience.  K9 Nose Work® is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes - absolutely zero prior obedience training required! Dogs are sniffing it up!! (*Note: this activity is strictly for fun and sport - the target odors used in the sport are 3 particular essential oils).



Leah Gangelhoff , a professional Canine Training & Behavior Specialist since 2001, owns & operates Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC.  While living in Los Angeles and before the sport of K9 Nose Work was born, Leah studied under, trained with, and certified dogs in narcotics detection with K9 Nose Work® co-founders Ron Gaunt & Amy Herot beginning in 2004 and was part of a weekly on-going detection training group with Ron, Amy, and third co-founder, Jill Marie O’Brien through 2006.


The sport of K9 Nose Work® had it’s first sanctioned competition trial in California in 2008.  Leah became the first National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™) Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor (CNWI), in the Southeast region in March of 2011.  Leah is an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member, instructs at K9 Nose Work® Training Camps at various locations around the country, teaches seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams across the country, and is active in developing and teaching Continuing Education Programs for Certified Nose Work Instructors.  She also serves as a Certifying Official and Judge for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Competition Trials and as a Certifying Official and Judge for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs).


Leah teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® for fun and/or competition, offering group classes locally and private sessions locally and remotely. She books full-day Coaching Days locally or in your area for up to 8 handler/dog teams for serious competitors. By invitation from those interested, she books 2-Day K9 Nose Work® workshops on a variety of topics nationally and internationally.  Leah and her German Shepherd, Konner, have earned their Elite Champion Title in K9 Nose Work®, and are now competing in the Summit Division, the highest level of competition in the sport.



Cost for Each 6-Week Course: $185.50


INTRO TO NOSE WORK 1 & 2 - (Two 6-Week Courses) Start the foundation skills and get your dog using his or her natural scenting abilities.  No prerequisite for Intro to Nose Work 1; prerequisite for Intro to Nose Work 2 is Intro to Nose Work 1.  High food or toy motivation is beneficial for this class. No prior training of any kind is required - any dog can do it!


INTRO TO ODOR 1 & 2 - (Two 6-Week Courses) Prerequisites: Intro to Nose Work 1 & 2.  These courses are for those who are already having fun training their dog in the basics of K9 Nose Work and want to take the next step.  Dogs are introduced to the first target odor, Birch, a natural essential oil used in K9 Nose Work® trials.  High food or toy motivation is beneficial for this class.


Dogs/handlers must have completed both Intro to Nose Work 1 & 2 (and Intro to Odor 1 if signing up for Odor 2) and be able to demonstrate skill proficiency with box hides, elevated hides, and various environmental hides. The first target odor is introduced in this class. Your instructor will assess your dog’s readiness for the odor courses.  A good guideline for knowing when you and your dog are ready for Intro to Odor:


  Your dog sees a configuration of boxes, and knows the nose game is on!

  Your dog has experienced and can search in 5 different locations of varying environment types (i.e. living room other then the dog's, garage at a friend's house, park like area, office, etc.)

  Your dog will search an entire search area, not just boxes and/or objects, to find his reward

  Your dog has built stamina to do several searches and maintain focus and energy

You know what really motivates your dog and overrides other interests (in people, dogs, environments)


INTERMEDIATE NOSE WORK - For dogs that have completed Intro to Nose Work 1 & 2 and Intro to Odor 1 & 2 and have met minimum proficiency in finding their initial target odor. Additional target odors are introduced in this ongoing level class and handlers are challenged to learn new skills and increase searching challenges. Handlers interested in entering trials with their dogs will learn trial rules and build skills to help them be successful in earning their first titles - NW1 & NW2!


ADVANCED NOSE WORK - Designed for the experienced teams who have earned their NW2 title or above. Advanced level training will expand both the handler's understanding of the concepts of Nose Work and expand the dog’s level of experience in problem-solving more difficult searches. This level, which is offered on an ongoing basis, is geared towards tactics, advanced handling, off-leash work, and trial preparation. The teams will learn to navigate more intricate and challenging training scenarios to prepare them for their NW3 titles and beyond.


About the classes:

  The classes meet once a week for 60 or 90 minutes

  Each class is limited to 6-8 dog/handler teams or less

  Each dog will be worked individually during the class

  Dogs will need to be crated and/or kept in your vehicle (during nice weather) between working times (indoor climate-controlled crating area available) - If crated, dogs must be able to rest calmly in a crate.


Who can participate?

  Any dog or puppy 4 months old and up! Younger puppies can start in Private sessions!

  Even retired dogs or dogs with physical limitations (as long as they are mobile)

  EVEN dogs who are fearful of other dogs and/or reactive toward other dogs can participate! We create a safe environment where only one dog at a time is working in class and the others are crated out of sight in a separate area.  This is great because owners of reactive dogs can relax and enjoy the FUN!!

  Dogs with aggression issues toward people or dogs who have caused serious injury to other dogs are better suited for private nose work sessions.  Use the form below to get started.























For more information about the activity and competition sport of K9 Nose Work®, visit:

K9 Nose Work® Website


National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™) Website


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