Princeton Dog Training Club

Intro to K9 Nose Work 1 This class introduces dog/handler teams to the game of K9 Nose Work. Dogs learn to hunt with the "box game" using treats or toys. As the dog's hunting skill is increased, handlers learn how to read their dog's body language. Dogs work individually and then rest in their crates between runs. Handlers are encouraged to watch the other dog/handler teams work, to help strengthen their own handler skills. This class builds search skills indoors, adding difficulty to the box searches each week.

Intro to K9 Nose Work 2  This class continues with box work as well as starting to use environmental items for the dog/handler teams to search. Teams begin to search chairs, desks, tables, cabinets, high and low hides etc.  Exterior and Vehicle searches will also be introduced. The handler continues working on leash skills, learning to read their dog and scent theory.

Intro to Odor  Dogs and handlers are now searching interior and exterior environments, as well as vehicles, with confidence. This class begins to transfer the dogs' desire to search for its primary reward of food to odor, the essential oils: birch, anise and clove. The handlers continues to fine tune their leash handling and rewarding techniques.  They continue to develop their reward timing and placement, which becomes more important as the primary reward is faded out.  Once the dog recognizes odor and can reliably tell their handler where it is, the team is ready for their 1st step towards competition - the ORT (odor recognition test).

Advanced K9 Nose Work  This class is for dogs and handlers who have successfully completed NW 1 & 2 as well as Intro to Odor. Teams are now searching for odor alone, and can be on birch, anise and/or clove. Teams will gain experience in all 4 elements. Teams who wish to compete will be working on trial skills. As this is an individual sport, each run is tailored to each dog/handler team.

In case of inclement weather

Please call the Club phone at 908-431-0460 after 3:30 PM - recorded message will inform you if class is cancelled.

Griggstown Bridge closed? Call 908-359-3222 – Police Dispatcher.

Alternate Canal Road flooding directions: Route 518 to Route 27 to Bunker Hill Road and then left on Canal.




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Class size is limited to 6 dog and handler teams per class. But, if there is sufficient interest, we will attempt to add additional classes whenever possible.

Unleash Your Dog's Nose!!

K9 Nose Work is a unique activity and sport. K9NW is inspired by work detection dogs and developed into an enriching and bonding activity for you and your companion dog. This is a fun scenting activity for almost all dogs and people. It is easy to learn, builds confidenceand is a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise. K9 Nose Work starts by using your dog's favorite toy or treat to encourage your dog to begin serching boxes, then expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. Essential oils are introduced as 'target odors' as your dog progresses and you are ready to work towards competition!

This is also a great activity for kids: you only have to be 13 years old to compete at NW trials!

Class descriptions are below. Not all classes are offered every session -- please see application for current offerings and class times. Contact the K9 Nose Work Director to inquire about classes not offered.

PDTC Class Refund Policy

Cancellations must be in writing to the class registrar before the 2nd class.

A refund will be given only if withdrawal is made before the 2nd class.

No refund will be given after the 2nd class, with the exception of illness or injury to the dog or handler. In such cases, any refund will be determined at the discretion of the Board.