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Josette Kimes - Nose Work Fun Dog Training

Phone: (408) 839-0332

Nose Work Fun Dog Training at Pet Food Express

Trainer: Josette Kimes

Josette Kimes has been training as a Nose Work Instructor with the founders of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) since 2009 and became a Certified Nose Work Instructor in 2011.  K-9 Nose Work © is a sport that uses your dog’s natural instincts for hunting to train your dog to identify and locate food/toy/odor. It is a competitive sport that uses a detection style training to motivate your dog to search. Josette enjoys introducing Nose Work to owners and dogs and watching the enjoyment both have working in this new sport. The owner learns handling and observations skills, dogs learn to hone their hunting skills and communicate to their owner. The owner and dog become a working team that enjoy searching in different environments. K-9 Nose Work© has 4 elements: Containers, Interiors, Exteriors and Vehicles.

You will love Nosework!  It is something you can do just about anywhere: in the city, in the mountains, in your back yard, and is great while traveling.  It mentally challenges your dog’s mind as nature would, and helps them to live a balanced life. It is using the dog’s natural skills of searching to work with you, and have fun together.

Josette has 3 Entlebucher mountain dogs, the smallest of the Swiss Mountain Dogs. Riley has competed and has a NW1 and NW2 title and is a Therapy Dog. Elsa has competed and earned her NW1, NW2, and NW3 Elite titles (the highest title) with multiple First Place Overall ribbons.  Polly is beginning her completion in 2015. Josette has owned several breeds, and rescues.

Josette is the owner of Nose Work Fun, is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (CGC).  She is also member, breed committee member, and Event Co-chair of the National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association (NEMDA).

Class Schedule

Palo Alto                     Tuesdays: 5 - 5:30 pm Intro to K9 Nosework
                                                           5:30 - 6 pm Intro to Odor
                                                           6 - 7 pm Continuing Odor K9 Nosework
                                                           7 - 8 pm Advanced Odor K9 Nosework
San Jose North       Thursdays: 5 - 5:30 pm Intro to K9 Nosework
                                                           5:30 - 6 pm Intro to Odor
                                                           6 - 7 pm Continuing Odor K9 Nosework
                                                           7 - 8 pm Advanced Odor K9 Nosework

Register for classes and select the class you would like to register for. Start dates vary so please visit the website above for up-to-date class information.

Class Descriptions and Pricing

All classes are $28 per class and sessions run for 5 or 6 weeks

This class teaches your dog the game of searching and teaches you the abilities to recognize and reward your dog's searching behavior, keeping the game fun for you and your dog. This class builds searching skills, drive and enthusiasm while honing your handling skills. This class covers containers, interiors, exteriors and vehicle searches along with increasingly difficult searches. A 6 week session. 

This class blends the dog's scent discrimination skills, taught in the Introduction to Nose Work classes, with odor. All dogs are taught to identify the competitive odors, Birch, Anise, and Clove natural essential oils. Additionally, we introduce techniques and tactics for building better dog/ handler teamwork. We will work on more difficult searches, in all elements, (interior, exterior, vehicle, containers) and work on handler skills, as preparation for the Odor Recognition Test and trials. A 6 week session.

This class advances the dog's scent discrimination skills taught in the Continuing Odor class. We will work on more difficult searches, pattern training, odor and wind, honing the skills and building stamina, work on handler leash skills, and how to cover a room in three minutes or less, trial preparation, converging odor, etc.


  • Introduction to Nose Work, and Introduction to Odor are foundational classes and must be completed before continuing and advanced classes. Dog should be on all three odors or with instructor approval for continuing and advanced classes.
  • Dogs must be capable of handling confinement, being crated/ penned in class and away from their handlers.
  • Proof of vaccinations, must be provided.
  • Supplies: 6ft. leash, your dogs favorite treats or toy, nose work tins will be needed in the 3rd week and will be discussed in class.

Available at the following Pet Food Express locations:
Palo Alto | San Jose - North

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