Scent Fun For Your Dog!

Indoors and outdoors with Doggone Smart Nosework in Vancouver, BC

Proud member and trial Judging official for Sporting Detection Dog Association


Build confidence & exercise the mind

Big or small, shy or boisterous, puppies or the elderly; this up and coming sport is not only enjoyable, but is a great way to build your dog’s confidence and tire their brains. Classes are structured so that each dog and handler trains on his own with minimal distractions.

New location! 

Top Dog Canine Training Centre
#4 -9079 Shaughnessy Street in South Vancouver



Contact Rich at doggonesmart (at) outlook(dot)com

............And it is so much fun!!

............And it is so much fun!!

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Level One

This Introduction to Nosework demonstrates how the power of the marker and food reinforcement can be used to shape your dog’s searching behaviour. Only one dog trains at a time! Once the dog has learned how to search in the Top Dog Canine Training centre sniffing for high value treats, the odour of three essential oils (wintergreen, pine and thyme) will be added as part of the progression. Soon, you and your dog will be enjoying the game of canine detection!

Class Details

5 classes – 1 1/4 hrs per class
Max. 3 dogs per class – 1 dog per handler

*This group class has now been to reduced to 3 dogs to reduce downtime and increase the fun! 

Cost: $190.00 + GST

Makeup classes for missed are not guaranteed. Rescheduled class times and days are at the discretion of trainer.  



2019 Class Schedule


Class Dates & Times

October 20 to November 24 ( No class Remembrance Day weekend)

  • 9:30 am - Now Full

  • 11:00am - Now Full

  • 12:30pm - Now Full

  • Cancellations do ocassionally occur. Please sign up below if you wish to be placed on waiting list.



Class time: 6:30pm

Class dates:

  • September 11 to October 9 - Now Full

  • October 23 to November 20 - Now Full

Level One Sign Up

Fill out the form below to secure a spot for Nosework with Rich, held at #4 - 9079 Shaughnessy Street, Vancouver

Please sign up below for preferred date and class times. Rich will email you back to confirm your spot 

Name *
Please select a class start date and time.
About My Dog
Please check all that apply *


Level Two classes are available to dogs who have completed level 1 or have odour recognition and an identifiable final response at the source of the target odours. 

We introduce distractions and take your dog’s skills to the outdoors! Exterior building, vehicles and area searches will be included. We will add multiple hide searches and for those ready to compete at trials, or just for the fun of it! The last day will include the Sporting Detection Dog Association DOT (Designated Odor Test).

Class Details

Cost: $190 + GST
Duration: 5 classes, 75 minutes per class

Max. 3 dogs per class – 1 dog per handler

Prerequisite Level 2: Successfully completed Nosework Level 1 or consult with Rich prior to registering.

Classes will be held at indoor & outdoor locations within Vancouver. 

Dates: September 8 to October 6 - Sundays

  • 9:30am - Now Full, 11:00am - Now Full,

  • 12:30pm - Now Full

NEW Dates! September 7 to October 5 - Saturdays

  • 9:30am - Now Full, 11:00am - Now Full

If spots are full, you are still able to sign up below to be placed on waiting list.

Max locates odour in container in the outdoors

Max locates odour in container in the outdoors

Cosby demonstrates "sit alert" on birdhouse

Cosby demonstrates "sit alert" on birdhouse


Name *
About My Dog
Classes will be held at outdoor locations within Vancouver.
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Saturday Drop-Ins are back!

Looking to brush up on your dog's nose work skills? We're offering preregistration drop-in classes for Advanced and Level 2 students! 

We will go outside if its nice!

We will go outside if its nice!

Details & Registration

Cost: $37 per class (includes GST)
Duration: 75 minutes per class

Maximum 3 dogs per drop-in time slot.
Classes can be held indoors or outdoors

On Mondays after 8am, all eligible students  will receive an email invitation for Drop Ins

Time slots are first come, first serve. if you would like to attend, simply reply to the Monday morning email with your choice of time slots.

Dates &Times: 

Oct 19th, 26th, November 2nd, 16th and 23rd.

9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm

Participation is for handlers and dogs that have completed Level 1 or 2. or have Odour recognition for Wintergreen, Pine and Thyme. Email Rich at: (doggonesmart(at)outlook dot com) for more information


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Private or Semi Private Classes

Improve your Nosework skills with private or semi private classes with us. This is an excellent option for dogs of all levels, from beginners to nosework, those that are shy, reactive, has disabilities, or for advanced trial dogs.

Skills we can work on:

  • Ignoring distractions

  • Improving final response

  • leash techniques

  • Problem solving

  • Eliminate false alerts


All packages are for 60 minute lessons. You can purchase a private on your own, or bring a friend and just add $20 per class. Maximum two dogs per semi-private class.

TWO classes - $190 + GST
FOUR classes - $360 + GST
SIX classes - $500 + GST

To register

Contact Rich at doggonesmart (at)

Trial Ready with Dee!

Are you looking to Title your dog? Having troubles with food distractions? high hides? false alerts? clear final response?

Dee has a long successful career in professional dog handling and is a two time Canadian National Detector dog Champion. She knows dogs, she knows handlers, and she knows Trials!

Regardless of your level, book some private sessions  to get your dog that next Title!

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About the Instructor

Rich Hatchman

Rich is a retired Vancouver Police officer who spent 7 years of his career as a Narcotic detection dog handler with the VPD Dog Squad and another three years managing Vancouver’s Urban Search and Rescue K9 team.

After retirement, he completed the Animal Behaviour College Dog Trainer’s Certification program, and trained Narcotic detection dog, Tya, for private work. Rich studied several different training methods and has put together the most efficient and enjoyable way of showing your dog this great game of canine detection.