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Introduction to Nosework

From first session to ORTs preparation

Agnieszka Janarek Agnieszka Janarek
Start: 01 Dec 2023
Next: TBA


  • Duration: 6 weeks.
  • Learning materials: Written lessons with video tutorials.
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“Introduction to Nosework” is a comprehensive program that delves into the fascinating world of nosework, a sport that harnesses dogs’ natural olfactory abilities and develops them to perfection. Nosework has gained immense popularity as one of the top canine activities, inspired by the work of detection dogs trained to search for narcotics and explosives.

In this course, participants will learn how to engage their dogs in the thrilling pursuit of searching for hidden essential oils in various environments such as vehicles, interiors, water, exteriors, and containers. The course emphasizes inclusivity, as it is designed for dogs of all ages, breeds, and physical abilities, including old, retired, disabled, and even aggressive dogs. Whether your dog is purebred, a crossbreed, slow, fast, young, or old, nosework provides an enriching and fulfilling experience for both you and your canine companion.

Who would benefit from taking this course?

This course is ideal for dog Caregivers and enthusiasts who want to tap into their dogs’ incredible olfactory abilities and explore the world of nosework. Whether you are a pet caregiver looking for a mentally stimulating activity for your dog, a trainer seeking to expand your skill set, or a competitor in dog sports wanting to enhance your training repertoire, this course is for you. It is also suitable for individuals with older or disabled dogs who may not be able to engage in physically demanding activities but still crave mental challenges and stimulation.

Furthermore, if you have an aggressive dog and are seeking a non-confrontational and enjoyable outlet for their energy, nosework can provide a positive and rewarding experience.

What will you learn from this course?

Throughout the course, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of nosework and its fundamental principles. The key topics covered include:

  • Understanding Nosework: Learn about the rules and regulations of nosework, ensuring a solid foundation for participation in this sport.
  • Odor Conditioning: Discover the process of classically conditioning dogs to specific odors.
  • Building Alert Behavior: Develop a solid alert behavior in your dog using clicker training techniques, ensuring clear communication between you and your canine partner during searches.
  • Discrimination Training: Introduce the concept of discriminating between hot and cold objects, teaching your dog to differentiate between odors and focus on the target scent.
  • Odor Holder Introduction: Familiarize your dog with different odor holders, preparing them to search for and indicate the presence of specific scents.
  • Cardboard Box Training: Learn how to introduce and utilize cardboard boxes as search elements, enabling your dog to practice their search skills in a controlled environment.
  • Generalization: Help your dog generalize their nosework skills by expanding their search scenarios to different locations, surfaces, and situations.

By the end of this course, participants will have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in nosework activities with their dogs confidently. You will understand the fundamental concepts of nosework, possess effective training techniques, and have the ability to create engaging and challenging searches for your canine partner. Whether you aim to participate in competitive nosework trials or simply engage in a fun and mentally stimulating activity with your dog, this course will unlock the hidden potential of your dog’s olfactory abilities.

Course Testimonials

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 ?

Jennifer Will

June 30, 2023

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 🙂

Carol Milner

June 30, 2023

Another fantastic tromplo course. What is the most important to me, is that You do not need to rush to follow the lessons. Agnieszka individualize the program, so You and Your dog can achive the most. There is always clear feedback and You know what to do next, when to stop and practise more, when to progress.

From content persoective- all lectures are clear and packed with practical informations. Movies with instructions are short and exercises are very well presented. Course is suitable for auditors to follow along but I truly recommand to take course as premium participant, because with Agnieszka’s advices You can learn much more also from handling perspective and session design

Janina Gmiter

June 30, 2023


  • Week 1 01 Dec 2023

    • Welcome!

      Read this before proceeding to the first lesson!…

    • Samples preparation and handling odor

      When participating in nosework trials, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules…

    • Cocktail or not to cocktail?

      When it comes to introducing the odor in nosework, there are two options…

    • Classical conditioning of odor

      Classical conditioning, also known as Pavlovian conditioning, is a process where a neutral stimulus becomes a conditioned stimulus through its…

    • Hand touch

      Teaching the sustained hand touch or chin rest before introducing odor is beneficial for several reasons. The reason we start…

  • Week 2 08 Dec 2023

    • Tick tock!

      This exercise is based on Cyber Scent Around the Clock exercise. A course led by amazing Sarah…

    • Precision

      This week, our focus will be on shaping the alert behavior. We will begin with the first criterion, which is…

    • Duration

      This week we will focus on adding another criterion in the process of shaping the alert behavior.   The first…

  • Week 3 15 Dec 2023

    • 1. Duration part 2: chin rest in use (Free lesson)

      Throughout week 1 and 2, we practiced nose touch/chin rest. You may be wondering why have we done it? Why…

    • Cue for alert behavior

      This week, our focus will be on adding a cue to our target behavior. Specifically, I want your dog to…

    • Handler’s movement

      To progress in our training, we will now introduce competing stimuli, also known as distractions. The first distraction we will…

  • Week 4 22 Dec 2023

    • Nice weather today – Competing stimulus

      In today’s exercise, we will focus on adding a handler’s chit-chat as a distraction, ensuring that it does not affect…

    • Various holders

      During competitions, it is unlikely that the odor sample will be hidden in a tin, although we start working with…

  • Week 5 29 Dec 2023

    • Location of the holder – variations

      Once we have established a stable alert behavior on the tin and introduced new holders, we can further challenge our…

    • Discrimination

      We dedicated nearly five weeks to building the alert behavior, which serves as the first element in the chain of…

  • Week 6 05 Jan 2024

    • New locations

      The primary reason for unsuccessful results during exams is not a lack of searching skills, weak alert behavior, or an…

    • New objects

      This week, we will begin introducing plastic containers and cardboard boxes into our training. These new objects are another important…

    • Cue for search

      This week, we will focus on introducing the search cue in nosework training. In nosework, we will eventually need three…

    • Final Thoughts: Celebrating Achievements and Continuing the Journey

      Farewell and Keep Moving Forward! Mega Cheers…

Free Lesson

Duration part 2: chin rest in use

Throughout week 1 and 2, we practiced nose touch/chin rest. You may be wondering why have we done it? Why was it important? 

The answer is in the lesson. We will use nose touch, the dog can offer on our palm, to build duration on the tin with odor!

It is not mandatory to use it, we can build duration just using the progression from the previous lesson, but for some teams this is a useful troubleshooting tool! 



  • nose vertically on the tin, 
  • tin is hold in your palm
  • nose position maintained for a specific time

You will need: 

  • around 40 treats per session (it is good to use some of your dog’s daily portion)
  • duration on your nose touch behavior


  • correct, precise position and maintaining this position for specified in advance time. It can be one second for a start.

Delivery of treats:

  • you can use marker cue if you had used it for the nose touch alone
  • deliver treats from the second hand (not the nose touch hand) 
  • if you click deliver away from the source


  • nose touch no tin x3
  • nose touch tin x1 
  • nose touch no tin x3
  • nose touch tin x1 
  • end of session! When this goes well, you can start increasing the numbers of repetitions involving tin. 

This is a video of my former students Carol and Odie, doing variation of this exercise. Carol also shows a great way to deal with error – she just tossed a treat rest for another repetition.