Nosework is a dog sport that mimics the professional detection dog task of locating a scent and communicating this to the handler.
Nosework is used synonymously with scent work and scent detection.
There are several organizations that host scent work sporting competitions, such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). These competitions have specific scents and rules for their programs.
The AKC utilizes four potential odors in their program: Birch (Betula lenta), Anise (Pimpinella anisum), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), and Cypress (Cupressus sempevirens). We used Anise in our product because it is considered the Canine Version of Catnip.
Nosework has become increasingly popular as a training tool because it is so versatile and beneficial for dogs. You can start nose work training anywhere - in a shelter or even in the comfort of your living room. This can be very important for dogs who are anxious, aggressive, or reactive.
Nosework requires you and your dog to act as a team and partner together.