Erica Wells, CNWI and Mimi – K9 Nosework Demo


Dog’s Day Out is thrilled to have Erica Wells, CNWI now teaching this fun new dog sport!

Erica is one of only four Certified Nose Work Instructors in Seattle. Trainers must be a CNWI to teach the sport. 

An exciting new sport you can practice anywhere! Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. For this class all your dog needs is a nose and something to work for.

In our K9 Nosework series we will introduce you to this new sport and literally watch your dog follow his nose to success! You will be amazed at how excited your dog is to search for his favorite toy, food and the three scents used in K9 Nosework competitions.

Courses are open to dogs of ALL ages and temperaments.

NOTE: When your dog is not working he must be able to be kept in your car.

5 week Nosework courses are INTRO LEVEL ONLY and MIXED LEVEL for ALL Levels (Intro level can take this class too)
In this 5 week series we will cover why a dog’s nose is their greatest strength and how using it can help them gain confidence and mentally tire them out by channeling their inner hunter. Intro is the gateway to upper level scent work from finding your keys to competition. This is a great class for ANY dog for fun, confidence building, and mental and physical stimulation. INSTRUCTOR: Erica Wells, CNWI

Once you’ve completed the Introductory class you may choose which direction you are interested in going. If you have prior Scentwork class experience with another instructor please contact before signing up for a mixed level class. After Intro, classes are all “Mixed Level.”

Mixed Level Nosework: Competition Track, 5 weeks, 75 minute sessions.
In this Nosework class we will be introducing the target odors we use in competition Birch, Anise and Clove. You don’t need to compete to learn how to play the game the competition way. This class will repeat until your dog is ready for advanced classes. INSTRUCTOR: Erica Wells, CNWI

Mixed Level Nosework: It’s Your Choice! 5 weeks, 75 minute sessions.
In this class YOU decide what you want your dog to find and bring those items to class. Maybe you want your dog to bring something that smells like you or find your keys or phone, almost anything you can think of goes in this fun class! (Please do not bring any live animals other than your dog):) INSTRUCTOR: Erica Wells, CNWI

How much do classes cost? Please see our rates and services page for class, daycare and seminar costs.

How do I sign up? Click the link for the class you would like on the right side of this page or, for advanced K9 Nose Work contact Erica directly at

When are classes offered? Please check our SCHEDULE for current listings and locations of all our classes.

For more information on the sport, read Erica’s guest post on K9 Nosework for Seattle DogSpot, or check out her bio in the About Us section.