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Welcome to Good Scents

Elevating Your Dog’s Natural Abilities Through K9 Nose Work®

At Good Scents, we believe in unlocking the full potential of your dog’s remarkable olfactory abilities through an enriching scent work course: K9 Nose Work® (K9NW℠). Developed by the National Association of Canine Scent Work® (NACSW℠) in the USA, this methodology brings detection-style scent work to companion dogs in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment.

What is K9 Nose Work®?

K9 Nose Work® is a structured, engaging activity that allows your dog to harness its natural hunting and scenting abilities. Dogs are trained to independently search for specific odours and alert their handlers to the presence of these scents. This training not only provides mental stimulation and physical exercise, but also builds confidence and strengthens the bond between you and your pet.

Course Structure:


The game begins! In this level we introduce your dog to the game of scent work with the aim to comfortably have your dog searching for a specific odour indoors and out. Environmental thresholds are managed to build your dog’s confidence weekly. Handler observation and leash skills are developed.


Problem solving skills and challenges are presented at a deeper level in this course. Complex exteriors, vehicle searches, different environments, and weather patterns all await our intermediate handler and dog teams.

You must have completed the Foundation level to progress to Intermediate level.

Benefits of K9 Nose Work®:

K9 Nose Work® offers numerous benefits for both dogs and their owners:

  • Mental Stimulation: Scent work engages your dog’s brain, providing a fulfilling mental workout.

  • Physical Exercise: The active nature of scent searches provides excellent physical exercise.

  • Confidence and Independence: As dogs learn to navigate scent challenges, their confidence and independence increase.

  • Strengthened Bond: Working together on scent tasks can significantly enhance the bond between you and your dog.

  • Accessible to All Dogs: The course is open to all dogs, regardless of size, breed, age, or experience level.

Why Choose Good Scents?

Good Scents is proud to be the first provider of K9 Nose Work® training in South Africa. Our courses are led by experienced and certified Associate Nose Work Instructors (ANWI™) Adri Albertyn and Natasha Donovan, who bring a wealth of knowledge and a passion for canine scent work to their teaching.

  • Expert Instruction: Our instructors are certified by the NACSW℠, ensuring that your dog receives the highest standard of training.

  • Personalized Attention: We maintain small class sizes to provide personalized attention and tailored training plans for each dog.

  • Diverse Training Locations: Classes will be held at the Cabanga Conference Centre in Randburg, with additional sessions at various locations to expose your dog to new and exciting environments.

  • Community and Support: Joining Good Scents means becoming part of a supportive community of dog enthusiasts and professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is K9 Nose Work® suitable for older dogs?

A: Absolutely! K9 Nose Work® is a low-impact activity that can be adapted to suit dogs of all ages, including seniors.

Q: Do I need any special equipment to start?

A: A harness, and your dog’s favourite treats

Q: Can reactive dogs participate in the course?

A: Yes, reactive dogs can benefit greatly from K9 Nose Work®. Our instructors are experienced in working with dogs of all temperaments.

Q: How often do classes meet?

A: Classes typically meet once a week, with additional practice sessions encouraged at home.

Q: What happens if I miss a class?

A: We will work in additional time in a future lesson to ensure you and your dog don’t fall behind.

Join Good Scents today and discover the joy and satisfaction of K9 Nose Work® with your canine companion. We look forward to helping you and your dog embark on this exciting journey!

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