What is K9 Nose Work?

The exciting sport of K9 Nose Work® has been designed to help you and your dog work together to use their natural desire to hunt with their nose. By providing a constructive outlet, K9 Nose Work® is a sport that challenges dogs both mentally and physically and is a very healthy way for them to release energy.

No previous experience or training is necessary for the teams involved since this wonderful sport is open to dogs and handlers of all breeds, ages and abilities. Human companions of reactive, shy or nervous dogs will be pleased to know that K9 Nose Work® is a very suitable sport for their dogs. Not only does nose work help to build confidence but each nose work sniffinar is set up in a way that only one dog will work at a time therefore limiting any competing motivators or fear inducing stimuli present during the work.

sniffWhat Will You Learn in this Sniffinar?

This seminar will focus on building your dog’s hunt drive and teaching you how to read your individual dog. In your working sessions with Dana, you will learn how to set up training sessions on your own to continue to practice after the sniffinar is over and she will show you how to use the equipment and tools involved in the sport.

Learn how to build your dog’s focus, improve your relationship with your dog and get out and have some fun! You will love watching your dog in this sport. They are naturals at it and they love it too!


What You’ll Need to Bring to the Sniffinar

Crate: (where your dog will rest between runs). Dogs must be crate-trained unless other accommodations are available.  Dogs may be crated in vehicles, weather permitting.

Chair: (There may be facility chairs, but you may prefer something more comfortable at some locations)

Water: (For you and your dog)

Flat Collar: (buckle or Martingale style) or a well-fitted traditional style harness during the class.  No head halters or Easy Walk harnesses during runs but they may be used to and from the search area as needed.

Leash: A 6-foot light-weight leather or nylon leash (no chain or retractable). All dangling items, rings, charms, poop bags holders must be removed so as not to distract the dog.

Toys and/or treats:  HIGH VALUE toys and treats!  For example: If your dog loves the tennis ball or the rope…bring it, not the stuffed toy he doesn’t play with; If your dog loves chicken but is not jazzed about snausages, bring the chicken.  Bring a few things in case what you thought was going to work doesn’t.  Sometimes, your usual food reward for other activities is not high enough value for Nose Work. We’ve found some of the following to be very motivating: Tuna, sardines, salmon, bleu cheese, ham hocks, sausages, meatballs, liverwurst, and hot dogs.

Treat pouch/bait bag: Please bring a small container, bait bag or “Tug N Treat” in which to put the food.  (no plastic baggies)

Hungry & Motivated Dog: Please either don’t feed your dog before the class, or feed a reduced meal so that your dog is hungry and motivated.  Also if you have a high energy dog, please don’t burn them out with a long hike or play session before the class.

 Dana Gallagher, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, ANWI

Dana Gallagher is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP), an ANWI with the National Association of Canine Scent Work, and member of the President’s Choice International Superdogs Performance Team. She is also the owner and operator of Kinetic Dog Training, a company based out of Vancouver BC that specialized in behavior modification and dog sports.

Vancouver born and raised, Dana worked in public relations and communications before following her dream of working with people and their dogs, which she has happily done since 2001. Dana trains using only scientifically proven, positive reinforcement-based methods.

As part of her professional continuing education, Dana is finishing the final requirements to become a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), as well as a Certified K9 Nose Work Instructor (CNWI). Dana maintains her professional development with regular attendance at seminars and workshops in a variety of topics.

Dana has also worked in many other areas of the pet industry, including dog daycare, a pet supply store, a humane society and as a dog walker.



In addition to teaching and training, Dana volunteers her time with various canine rescue groups as a foster home and behavioral consultant. She also volunteers with her dogs doing pet therapy at a senior’s residence, does demos with The Paws Squad, and as part of the BC SPCA Bite Safe program. She has adopted all but one of her own dogs from private rescues and animal shelters.

Dana’s dogs have collectively trained in agility, rally obedience, flyball, nosework, musical freestyle, tracking, carting, herding, obedience, and freestyle flying disc.

Registration Details:

When: We are hoping to offer 2 or 3 classes depending on the interest. The next session(s) will be around July 4th.

Each class holds a maximum of 10 dogs and lasts for 4 hours, so there is a lot of time for you to work one-on-one with your dog.

  • Intro – Level 1 (Fundamental Skills)
  • Level 2 – (exteriors & vehicles)
  • Level 3 – Transferring to Odour
  • Level 4 – Beyond the Box

Cost (TBA)


To register or for more information, please contact:

Barb King @ info@fitpets.ca


NOTE: Dana has a severe nut allergy!!!

DO NOT bring ANY Peanut products or products that “may contain”. Please read the label