Agnieszka Janarek

Nosework Stage 1

From first session to ORTs preparation

course has started
1 January 2022



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Dogs’ olfactory abilities amaze us and what they manage to do with their noses is truly astounding.


Nosework is a sport that uses most natural, amazing dog’s abilities and develops them into perfection.


Nosework is one of the greatest dog sports, making its way to the top most popular canine activities. Inspired by working detection dogs searching for narcotics, explosives, nosework makes it available for everyone. Dogs are searching for essential oils hidden in vehicles, interiors, water, exteriors, and containers and they love it!


“No limitations”
This sport is for everyone!


It is a perfect activity for old, retired, or disabled dogs who want to stay in shape but can’t be physically challenged. Aggressive dogs are welcome too!

Pure breed, crossbreed, old, young, slow, fast – it doesn’t matter what type your dog is!


During the course we focus on:

  • what is nosework; rules reading
  • classically conditioning odors
  • building solid alert behavior using clicker training
  • introducing discrimination between hot and cold objects
  • introducing various odor holders
  • introducing cardboard boxes
  • generalization


To take this course as a Premium Member you need to finish Trainer’s Toolbox first (as Premium or Auditor)

There are 3 more nosework course stages.


Nosework stage 2 – getting ready for your first trial! Sign up here:



Course syllabus:

Week 1:
Lesson 1 – Welcome and Introductions
Lesson 2 – What is nosework?
Lesson 3 – Nosework International and methods we use
Lesson 4 – Samples preparation and handling odor
Lesson 5 – Cocktail or not to cocktail?
Lesson 6 – Classical conditioning of odor
Lesson 7 – Hand touch


Week 2:
Lesson 8 – Tic-tac!
Lesson 9 – Precision
Lesson 10 – Duration


Week 3:
Lesson 11 – Cue for alert behavior
Lesson 12 – Handler’s movement



Week 4:
Lesson 13 – Competing stimulus
Lesson 14 – Various holders


Week 5:
Lesson 15 – Location of the holder – variations
Lesson 16 – Discrimination


Week 6:
Lesson 17 – New locations
Lesson 18 – New locations
Lesson 19 – Cue for the search

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Reviews for this course

2020-11-11 19:38:01

This is the second course I've done that has been taught by Agnieszka and I enjoyed this one as much as R+ course.  Agnieszka is an exceptional tutor demonstrating enviable patience and teaching skills and brilliant problem solving solutions!  I always wanted to do nosework with Odie and I loved that the course was broken up into perfect bite size chunks with excellent video demonstrations.  We got way further than I was expecting with the content, despite me really learning what works for my boy (thanks to great advice from Agnieszka!), and it has given me lots of work to do to ensure I've got fluent behaviours before we go on to Nosework Stage 2. As with my previous Tromplo course it's made me think so much about the way I train and ensuring I set my dog up for success even if that means 30 second training sessions to prevent "away with the faeries" moments!  Thank you so much Aga, me and Odie had a blast!  I hope we'll see you soon for Nosework Stage 2 :-)

Jennifer Will
2019-05-15 17:51:06

Nosework Stage 1.
We do some scentwork in the uk but there were a few things that I wanted help with and it’s always good to revisit foundations especially if they have been trained a bit differently. What a huge help it was...and the freeze indication that Pie had (which was a bit messy and meant...”I can smell something vaguely in this area ?”) has been replaced with a lovely precise nose freeze ? Thanks so much to you Aga for your infinite patience and your great suggestions...we are a much better team now! And I’m itching to dive into Stage 2 in July ?