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Elements w/Noah, 1 of 6

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$150 – $180

** This session will be 6 weeks long, taking place on Friday evenings. I will be offering two classes.

Intro to Odor will take place from 5:45 – 6:45
Elements will take place from 7:00 – 8:00

** The class dates are
May 18
May 25
June 8
June 15
June 22
June 29

**The cost of the 6-week session is $150/GVDC members and $180/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 Friday April 20 at 8:00am and ATTENDANCE WILL BE CAPPED AT 6 TEAMS for each class. Please email me at: NoahGaines@gmail.com to register.

About Nosework:

Nosework is a new dog sport where your dog can learn how to its nose just like a professional detection K9. However in our case, your dog will search for cotton swabs scented with birch oil. Your team will start with easy searches: small rooms and boxes. As you search exteriors of buildings and vehicles, it gets more difficult. Nosework is a great opportunity for your dog to develop confidence in their surroundings and independent problems solving skills. Working together as a team to solve complex problems will strengthen your bond with your dog.

Nose Work is truly a sport for any dog and handler and all ages and breeds are welcome to attend. It is easy to practice Nosework 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 and fearful dogs to participate in a sport. We will make every effort to accommodate all dogs and handlers. However, please note that any dog behaving aggressively towards humans or canines, may be asked to leave.

Class Description:

Intro to Odor:

In this class, the goal is to teach your dog to search for odor! 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 be able to find odor and stay at source.

Nosework Elements:

This class is the follow up session to Intro to Odor. This class is appropriate for dogs that are already on Birch. In this series of classes, your team will learn how to search interiors, exteriors, vehicles, and containers. You will work high and low hides, accessible and inaccessible hides, thresholds and corners. This will give your team confidence to search anything! The session will progress at your dog’s pace and it will likely take several sessions to get through everything. Get excited, because it is about to get fun!

About the Instructor:

Noah Gaines is excited to begin teaching Nosework at Goleta Valley Dog Club. He is lucky to have shared the last four years with a spunky 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. Noah is looking forward to bringing this sport to more teams in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area.

* Payment for the class session is due on the first day of the session. Checks are made out to “GVDC”.
*Please arrive 15 min early to potty your dog.


May 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$150 – $180
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Humane Society
Overpass Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA United States
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Noah Gaines