Nosework Stage 2

Getting ready for your first trial!

Agnieszka Janarek Agnieszka Janarek
Start: 01 Jul 2024
Next: 01 Sep 2024


  • Duration: 6 weeks.
  • Learning materials: Written lessons with video tutorials.
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Welcome to where more fun begins!

  • do you want your dog to do awesome vehicle searches?
  • do you want to learn about scent theory?
  • do you want your dog to serach exterior and interior locations?
  • do you want to build rock solid start line routine?
  • do you want to move your dog’s nosework sills to another level?

You are in a perfect place, where we will build upon the foundational skills covered in the Introduction to Nosework course. This time, our aim is to further prepare you and your dog for exams, ORTs, and your first trials. Our focus remains on a precise and clear training loop, as well as clarity in search criteria. Building upon the knowledge gained in the Introduction course, we will delve deeper into various aspects of nosework. And you and your dog are going to LOVE IT!

Who would benefit from taking this course?

If you have completed my Introduction to Nosework course and are eager to take your nosework journey to the next level, this course is tailored specifically for you. Whether you aspire to participate in exams, ORTs, or your first trials, or you just want to teach your dog more cool skills, this course will give you the necessary tools and strategies.

What will you learn from this course?

  • Mastering start line routines.
  • Introducing various search patterns.
  • Developing proficiency in managing search behavior duration.
  • Refining handling techniques for optimal performance.
  • Ensuring crystal-clear cues during search patterns.
  • Enhancing the ability to generalize searches across different locations.
  • Conducting detailed task analysis for effective searches.
  • Exploring the fundamentals of scent theory.
  • Tackling more intricate puzzles.
  • Learning how to plan personalized training sessions with confidence.

By completing this course, you will be well-prepared to advance your nosework journey and achieve remarkable results in exams, ORTs, and trials.

If you’re looking to start nosework journey – check out this course first:

Course Testimonials

I love this course! It was fantastic continuation of stage 1, where we learn basic behaviours and concepts. On this course, I understood the nosework much better, as well as my dog. It was very packed with knowledge and very inspiring for practise developement. We gain new skills so we can play nosework much more widely and be more creative. Agnieszka gave us tools how to solve problems, progress and make searches more interesting, challenging or just more fun. I learn how to progress and regress exercises, on what aspects I need pay more attencion and how to solve problems. We were working on observation skills, but also on my behaviour, that influence all process of searching and communication. It was awesome to observe that Fredzio is gaining new skills, become more and more confident and all this brings him good fun <3 After this course, I think me and Fredzio are much better nosework team…on the other hand, I see many more aspects and skills that we should work on…I want more 😀 After taking this course for shure I will continue nosework learning jurney with my dog 🙂

Thank You very much Agnieszka!

Janina Gmiter

April 15, 2024

Another super course focusing on important foundations to build motivation, confidence and understanding. Just perfect for my cocker who has improved dramatically over the 6 weeks. We’ve both loved it and will be eager to do more scentwork courses when they pop up. Thanks so much Aga!

Jennifer Will

June 30, 2023


  • Week 1 01 Jul 2024

    • Welcome!

      Read this before proceeding to the first lesson! Welcome, students! …

    • Baseline

      Before we start and dig deeper into course content, I would like to see where you are right now. I usually…

    • Chains in nosework

      The search pattern is a classic example of backchaining.   When working with dogs you often hear the term ‘behavior chain’.

    • ABCs of the search

      We have already deciphered behaviors that are part of the search chain. Now it’s time to use this knowledge. We…

    • Our variables

      What variables can we change to target the start line routine and efficiency of the search?  For our current work,…

    • Start line routine

      This is a part of the lesson in stage 1. I have added some new information – so even if…

    • Aging

      Until now, this is how our searches looked like: – you placed the hide in the room, – let the…

    • Introducing search

      The crucial element that is often forgotten is how we introduce searches to our nosework dogs. For me the ideal…

    • Duration of the search part of the chain

      We are now after over a week of doing searches with scent as a start cue.  If your dog starts…

  • Week 2 08 Jul 2024

    • Introduction to scent theory

      Why do we need scent theory? Because it directly influences the learning process.  We set up puzzles to target particular skills.

    • Inaccessible v. Accessible

      In nosework, you will encounter: – accessible hide – inaccessible hide – visible hide – invisible hide Very often two…

    • Introducing exteriors – boxes on the road

      Exteriors can be complicated for many reasons; wind, temperature, changing weather conditions, environmental distractions. The impact of all these factors…

    • Introducing Exteriors: single hide

      After you had some practice with tins or boxes outside, we can introduce exterior searches.   Until you are fluent with…

  • Week 3 15 Jul 2024

    • Handler’s job

      One of the widespread tendencies that can be noticed in nosework trials in Poland is the excessive interference of the…

    • Vehicles – introduction

      This week we will start the vehicle adventure!  Please check your venue’s rules regarding this element.  Introduction to vehicles will…

    • Adding complexity to the search

      As you are working on increasing the duration part of the search chain, we can introduce some complexities. Objective: Dog…

    • Change of behavior

      Nosework is a team sport. Although we put a lot of emphasis on the independence of our dog during the…

    • No visual cues

      This exercise targets relying on scent cues more than on visual cues.  Some dogs have an issue with this task…

  • Week 4 22 Jul 2024

    • Vehicles – cold vehicle

      This exercise should only be done if your dog is fluent in wrapping around a single-vehicle.  Today we will introduce…

    • Cues in nosework

      What is a cue? This is an excerpt from the lesson from my course Trainer’s Toolbox.  A cue is a…

  • Week 5 29 Jul 2024

    • Duration of the search part of the chain, part 2/3

      The previous step focused on searches in the corridor, the location that blocked side trips. Today we are removing one…

    • Crazy handler

      Dogs pay very much attention to our movement. At the training, we care not to…

    • Adding complexity to the search part 2/2

      Pooling odor is the theme of this lesson. This is the most common phenomenon your dog will encounter as you…

  • Week 6 05 Aug 2024

    • Reducing strength of odor and increasing aging time

      We can divide complexities one may find in nosework puzzles, into two categories.   Handler dependent factor:   aging accessibility  strength…

    • Duration of the search part of the chain, part 3/3

      One of the very important skills to have for a nosework dog is to maintain duration on the search part…

    • Planning

      The training sessions should always be planned. But in nosework, we often forget about it. We treat this activity differently…

    • What if?

      Things don’t always go as planned. Technically this is not a problem, not until we make it a problem. Errors…

    • Final Thoughts: Celebrating Achievements and Continuing the Journey

      Farewell and Keep Moving Forward! Mega Cheers…

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