NoseWork – New dog sport for companion dogs

Sonic indicates on target odor in the box by sitting and staring until a ball pops out.

Sonic indicates on target odor in the box by sitting and staring until a ball pops out.

Nosework is a great new sport for companion dogs.  It teaches them to use their nose to find hidden scents much like police detection dogs but they’re finding legal scents:  birch oil, anise oil and clove oil.  Michigan Dog Training LLC will be an ultimate training site for this new sport with behavior shaping devices, the only known scent wall in

MDT Scent Wall

MDT Scent Wall

Michigan, and Nosework Instructor Michael Burkey’s experience as a K9 Police Detection Dog Handler.  Additionally, MDT will host a nationally known NoseWork trainer, Andrew Ramsey. He will present a two-day NoseWork Seminar October 12-13, 2013 at MDT’s building in Plymouth, Michigan. There will be 12 working spots and unlimited auditing spots. For more information, contact Michigan Dog Training LLC at or call 734-634-4152.

Here is a video showing what Fasa, a Belgian Malinois has learned in only three NoseWork sessions at Michigan Dog Training LLC.

Here is a video showing what is expected for a dog to compete in Novice Level NoseWork indicating on the target odor of Birch oil.

For more information about Nosework classes or to attend Andrew Ramsey’s seminar contact us at Michigan Dog Training  by email at or by calling 734-634-4152.

About Michael Burkey

Michael Burkey is a professional dog trainer, behaviorist and owner of, a highly successful dog training company whose aim is to promote peaceful relationships between pets and families. Additionally, he is an expert trial witness, certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC), former Police K9 Handler, Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Training Director and SAR K9 Handler, obedience and rally competitor and social worker. Dog training is a complex science and art requiring knowledge of behavioral science and learning. You can rely on Michael's experience, teaching methods, and integrity. He can be contacted at or 734-634-4152.
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4 Responses to NoseWork – New dog sport for companion dogs

  1. Kalin says:

    Great video ! Thanks for sharing

  2. Anna says:

    Wish i lived closer to you all so I could come by. I want to get my vizsla into this. Do you know of any good books that explain how to get started. I have done field work with her but we are done with that so I think it’s safe to get going on some nose work stuff. I want to have the option to compete if she takes to it, so I want to teach it the right way from the get go. I have seen kits you can buy that have the birch scent and plan to go that route for now.

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