Watch your pet! Pawtropolis webcams Facebook Email Twitter Youtube

Beyond Basics




K9 Nose Work
Taught by Vicki Truelove-Tate, Certified Nose Work Instructor

About Nose Work

Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work® is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise. K9 Nose Work® starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and competition skills are taught. Email Vicki with questions,

Some of the many benefits of K9 Nose Work®:

  • Dogs easily burn lots of mental & physical energy doing searches. Equals 3-4 mile run with your dog!
  • Searches can be done anywhere you can take your dog.
  • No prior training is required and no obedience is needed.
  • In classes, dogs work one at a time and rest crated or safely in a vehicle between searches so reactive dogs put their energy into fun searches.
  • Stronger bond between dog & handler as handler learns to observe, understand, and rely upon his/her dog.
  • Any age dog, blind, deaf, senior, puppy, handicapped can do this.
  • No expensive equipment needed.logo

Level 1: Into to Nose Work - Containers and Interiors
November 4th
Saturdays 9:00am
Westside Pawtropolis
6-weeks $150

This class is designed to get your dog excited about using his nose to seek out his favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, we'll introduce new challenges and searches beyond the box.

Level 2: Intro to Nose Work - Exteriors and Vehicles
November 4th
Saturdays 10:30am
Westside Pawtropolis
6-weeks: $150

We'll build on the hunting foundation developed in Level One to introduce new search challenges, including vehicles, exterior and interior spaces. We’ll continue to use boxes in some situations, but the dogs will progress to learn to search any part of their environment, with or without boxes. Your dog will continue to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward at this level.


Level 3: Food Trucking & Level 4: Sniff-This
November 1st
Wednesdays 6:00pm
Westside Pawtropolis and various locations
6-weeks: $150

Level 3: Food Trucking & Level 4: Sniff-This
November 4th
Saturdays 12:00pm
Westside Pawtropolis and various locations
6-weeks: $150

This course will meet in a new, real-world location each week where we’ll focus on one of the elements and the unique challenges posed by novel environments, weather and environment. This class will be tailored to needs of students. Email Vicki if interested,

Hooked on Nosework Advanced - "Advanced Team Pawtropolis"
Saturdays at 12:00pm
Westside Pawtropolis
6-weeks: $150

This course is for students who are preparing to trial, already trialing, or have taken 1-4 classes. If you've taken classes elsewhere and feel you are ready for this class. Contact Vicki for approval.


ORT and Trial Prep offered per student request
Email Vicki with questions or if interested,


Competition Obedience
Sally Bunker-May

Please Contact if interested

The Intro to Competition class is designed for those who want to compete in AKC Beginner Novice or Novice Obedience or for owners just looking for the next fun step in their training. The basic skills that your dog already knows gets more formal and consistent. Though Sally will use a variety of training tools and devices depending on what the owner wants, she works hard at keeping the training class fun and upbeat, coming up with creative ways to motivate the dogs and keep their tails wagging. Sally has years of experience in training and competing and is excited to see the Athens community getting more envolved with competing.

You'll prepare your dog for the following exercises:

  • Heads up heeling
  • Formal Recall
  • Stand for examination
  • Sit and down stay
  • How to warm up for the obedience ring
  • Intro to open work

Beginner Rally
Tamela Boyd

September 28th
Thursdays 6:00pm
Westside Pawtropolis

Taught by Tamela Boyd, Rally (or Rally-O for Rally Obedience) is a new dog sport that the dogs love!! A cross between traditional obedience and agility, Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace (very similar to rally-style auto racing) through a course of designated stations (10-20 depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed.

Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience and “perfect” heel position is not required. In fact, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement!

Rally provides a link from the basic house manners and the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program to competitive agility or obedience…or can be a stand-alone sport for fun and companionship.

Your dog is eligible if he/she knows how to sit, down and has basic control while on the leash and is over 6-months old. Come play with us! 


Kathie Spring

Westside Pawtropolis
Email below if interested
Open Drop-In

This drop-in course is designed to meet your handling needs from beginner to advanced. The matted training room will provide an opportunity to work your dog and polish both your and your dog's skills. Bring appropriate training equipment for your breed and small, easily digested treats. 

Email if you'd like to schedule a drop-in time