Prerequisite: Family Dog 1 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

Scent detection classes exercise your dog’s amazing sense of smell while promoting confidence and bonding with you. Inspired by working detection dogs, Sniff and Search is a fun search and scenting activity for dogs of all ages and their people. This class is an easy to learn sport that builds confidence and focus in many dogs and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.

Nose work starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. Prepare for a lifetime of fun with your dog with Sniff and Search!

Please bring proof of vaccinations the first week of class 

Registration: Register for Sniff & Search
Duration: 5 weeks
Cost: $130 for Shelter Adoptees, $140 for General Public

Sniff & Search: Thursdays, 5:45 to 6:45 pm
Location: Alternates between Pet Food Express in Carmel and SPCA Training Center, 1002 Monterey-Salinas Highway every other session


We recommend at minimum a flat or martingale collar with a 6 foot leash. Sometimes we will suggest the addition of head halters or front hook harnesses, If you need a harness we can sell you one after class. Please no choke or pinch collars, or retractable leashes. We have found that good training with comfortable, non-aversive equipment will enable your dog to perform consistently better!

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