Group training classes allow our instructors to teach you how to train your dog! 

Our group classes have 4-8  dog handler teams per class.  Classes are 1 hour long and are held on set day and time each week for a series of weeks. 

To register click on the class that works for you and complete the form and payment to reserve your spot.

If you don’t see a group class that works for you, contact us about private training lessons. Private lessons are customized to fit your schedule! 

Please note-If your dog has behavior concerns group classes are not appropriate and private training/behavior counseling is needed. No refunds can be given if dogs must be excused from class for disruptive behavior. 

 New to Scent Work? Enroll Today And Let The Searching Begin!

Ideal DOG owner and Certified Professional Trainer Lynsie Bernier has been teaching scent work classes since 2011. Lynsie was one of the first trainers in the Fox Valley to offer this unique training. Our teams have been competing at top levels with amazing results! We are a strong group of supportive, friendly and positive teams who love this sport! From starting out to seeking help with your teamwork, we hope you’ll join us!

Nose Work Classes and Event offerings:

Introduction to Nose Work  Nose Work is a new cool dog sport in which handler and dog teams compete to find the hidden scents. Beginning Nose Work class focuses on building a dog’s desire to hunt and scent independently. This 4 week class starts dogs searching boxes and hunting for a primary reward/food. The goal is to take the dog’s focus off of the handler and instead follow his/her nose. After completion, dogs and handlers are prepared to continue on to second level searching in new environments with more difficult hides. 

Class is 4 weeks and has a maximum of 5-8 students. 

Intro to Nose Work Step 2   

Intro to Nose Work Fun 2 continues strengthening the foundation of the game of Nose Work learned in Intro class. Motivation is increased and distractions are added by working in new environments each week, including exterior areas. The Level 2 class helps dogs develop a strong foundation for scent work. This strong foundation is important before odor is introduced. One of the many challenges faced by working canines and their handlers is encountering new environments. All work is continued searching for a primary reward.

Class is 4 weeks and has a maximum of 5-8 students.

Intro to Nose Work Step 3-Intro to Odor 

This third step class introduces dogs and handlers to searching for the odor scented swabs. Dogs and handlers must have completed both Intro and Step 2 class and have approval from the instructor to start work on odor. 4 weeks of training.

Class is 4 weeks and has a maximum of 5-8 students. 

Beginning Containers/Beginner Interiors/Beginner Exteriors/Beginner Buried/Beginner Vehicles

These first step skill building classes will help students learn about specific element searches at the very beginner level. Improving handling skills, and teaching dogs to perform focused novice searches. Pre-requisite Intro to Odor. Dogs should be on Birch/Anise and Clove.

Class is 4 weeks and has a maximum of 5-8 students.

Skill Building Nose Work Classes and Events

Our skill building classes and events are for teams who have completed Intro to Odor and Beginner Element classes and who are training for competition. Students build Skills at a variety of levels searching for Birch/Anise/Clove/Cypress.

Special event costs range from $30-$250


Search and Learn- Skill Building Nose Work Class 

Search and Learn classes are for students who are working on multiple odors, multiple hides(Birch/Anise/Clove/Cypress) and are looking to build their skills for higher level competition. Geared towards those who are competing at or above Excellent/NW2 Level. Different locations and challenges each week to work on Interiors, Containers, Exteriors, Buried, Vehicles. AKC and NACSW style searches are included.

Class limit 5-8 teams

Class listings are found here:

Classes are held on an ongoing basis for Ideal DOG continuing students. Contact if you are interested in joining.