To compete in the sport of K9 Nose Work®, dogs will need to transition from searching for food or toys to searching for a "target odor". Target odors for competition in NACSW™ K9 Nose Work® events are made using 100% cotton swabs, cut in half and scented with one of the three essential oils: Birch, Anise, and Clove.
Target odors are introduced in training in the following order:
Birch (“Sweet Birch” aka Betula Lenta)
Anise (“Aniseed” aka Pimpinella Anisum variety – NOT Star Anise, Illicium Verum)
Clove (“Clove Bud” aka Eugenia Caryophylatta or Syzgium Aromaticum)
Students enrolled in an Intro to Odor K9 Nose Work® class with a certified instructor will receive a small number of scented cotton swabs to use for practicing outside of class. If you have completed an Intro to Odor class and/or workshop, and you are interested in additional supplies for practicing, go to All Good Dogs LLC. All Good Dogs LLC is an NACSW™ authorized vendor of K9 Nose Work® products. All Good Dogs is also the provider of the official odors and kits used in NACSW™ K9 Nose Work® trials.
Nose Work oils, scented cotton swabs and other accessories produced by All Good Dogs, LLC are to be used to train for success and fun in the sport and activity of K9 Nose Work! Cotton swabs may be used multiple times. Keep away from open flames and hot or cold temperature extremes. Please do not allow your dog to ingest the oils or other parts as they are not for human or animal consumption. If you have any other health concerns, please consult your Veterinarian.