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Nose Work w/Noah

October 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Goleta Valley Dog Club is excited to offer Nose Work classes, beginning in September. The Instructor is Noah Gaines; he and his Brittany Iona attended two sessions of classes with the Perfect Puppy Academy, and then did GVDC Agility classes as well. More information on what Nose Work is and Noah’s bio can be found as you scroll down this message.


Here are the details:

  • The first session is 6 weeks long, taking place on Friday evenings from 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • The class dates are 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27 and 11/10
  • The cost of the 6-week session is $120/GVDC members and $150/non-members
  • All classes will be held at the education room at the Santa Barbara Humane Society: 5399 Overpass Road, SB, 93111

Enrollment opens on Tuesday August 29th at 7:00am. Please do not email me before then, I cannot take entries before that date and time. If you are seriously interested in these new classes, I would recommend contacting me on 8/29 in order to reserve your spot in the class.

Class Description:

In Nose Work, the dog is the star of the show. The team walks up to the start line together, but when the handler says “search”, the dog’s nose leads the charge. The human’s job is to call “alert” when the dog has located one of these hides. These searches start out easy (10 boxes in a room), but quickly become more difficult and can involve multiple hides, varying elevations, and environmental distractions. In addition to containers, the teams will soon learn how to search inside rooms, outside buildings, and around cars.

Nose Work is truly a sport for any dog and any handler. All ages and breeds are welcome to attend. It is also easy to practice Nose Work at home as you do not need much equipment or space. In the class, each search will be run one dog at a time, so this is a great opportunity for anxious, fearful, or even reactive dogs to participate in a sport. Nose Work builds confidence in dogs and helps them approach situations that contain triggers. If you have a reactive dog, please have them wear a red bandana so that others can keep their distance. A dog with anxious reactivity may also wait in your car in the parking lot. Please note that any dog behaving aggressively towards humans or canines may be asked to leave. Nose Work is a stimulating mental and physical exercise that helps burn energy and form a bond between you and your dog.

Introduction to Odor.

In this class, we will introduce our dogs to odor! From their very first class, they will learn to search for odor and not food. You will learn how to prepare odor, place hides, handle your dog, and mark alerts. We will make searching for scent extremely fun, positive, and rewarding. By the end of the class, most dogs will be ready to pass their Odor Recognition Test and will consistently find odor and stay at source.

About the Instructor:

Noah Gaines is excited to begin teaching Nose Work at Goleta Valley Dog Club. He is lucky to have shared the last four years with a spunky working-line Brittany (Iona) who has thrived in the sport of Nose Work. Together, they have competed in multiple trials and training events, consistently receiving high marks. In 2016, Iona received her Nose Work 1 (NW1) title from the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). She recently earned High in Trial at a United States Canine Scent Sports (USCSS) Intermediate Trial. She is currently excited to learn about buried hides, and handler discrimination so that she can begin competing in the new AKC Nose Work trials. Noah is looking forward to bringing this sport to more teams in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area.

Nose Work w/Noah


October 27, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Noah Gaines


Humane Society
Overpass Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA United States
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