K9 Nose Work

Why Nose Work?

Nose work is FUN, builds confidence, and provides essential mental stimulation for all dogs, whether they’re young energetic dogs or aging dogs with some physical limitations. Read more about this sport here!

What will you learn in class?

Your dog will learn to seek out hidden odors and you’ll gain the skills to make searching fun — it’s similar to the kind of training that search and rescue dogs do.

You don’t need to have any special skills or equipment!

Your instructor will guide you through the steps, and we think you’ll see why this activity is so much fun for both dogs and people! We welcome everyone to class, whether you’re taking the class just for fun, or plan to compete one day.

At Learning to Dog, Nose work classes are taught by a certified instructor, Julie Rice, of Ascent Dog Training.

Contact us if you have questions! marsha@learningtodog.com or ascentdogtraining1@gmail.com


Introduction to K9 Nose Work® and Advanced K9 Nose Work®

Instructed by Julie Rice MT(ASCP), KPA-CTP, CNWI™,PCO™

These are open enrollment classes, which means you can start anytime during the semester!


For dogs 4 months and older.

There are no prerequisites for the Introduction to K9 Nose Work® class!

The advanced class requires completion of the Introduction to K9 Nose Work® class or the instructor’s permission. Contact us to register for the Advanced class: marsha@learningtodog.com


Classes are held at 902 Cleveland Street, just outside of Downtown Durham.

We have free parking in our lot.

Questions? Contact us at: marsha@learningtodog.com or ascentdogtraining1@gmail.com

Providing professional force-free, positive reinforcement training, including puppy school, private puppy training, puppy classes, dog training, canine good citizen, and more in Durham, and surrounding areas including Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Morrisville, Bahama, Northwest Raleigh. Our puppy classes are held in our training studio in central Durham (902 Cleveland Street).