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March 23, 2024

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Ever notice how much your canine pal uses their nose? Maybe you’ve seen them point their head downward and follow an invisible scent trail on the ground during walks — or perhaps they occasional aim upward to catch a whiff of something that’s probably a lot farther away that we realize.

A dog’s sense of smell helps keep them safe, active, and mentally stimulated. For that reason, dog nosework training (sometimes spelled nose work instead) can be a great activity for any canine companion to enjoy. You can even easily start training nosework at home!

What is nosework?

Nosework, also known as scent training for dogs, is an activity designed for canines to tap into their superior senses of smell to explore the fun and focus of scent detection. Scent detection is done by many working dogs to aid their human handlers with tasks ranging from K9 nosework to search for missing persons or illegal contraband, sniffing out diseases like cancer, detecting pests like bed bugs, and even finding culinary delicacies like truffles.

While nosework pulls from the same structures and objectives as scent detection, it's generally used as a fun activity for non-working dogs, and affords countless benefits to both the pets and their parents.

Why are nose work games good for dogs?

In order to understand what makes nosework so beneficial for dogs, it’s important to consider just what the act of sniffing means to a canine.

Dogs rely on their sense of smell more than sight or hearing

Like people, dogs rely on the five neurological senses of sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch to navigate the world around them.

Unlike us humans, though? Smell is by far a dog’s most utilized sense! Our pups' noses help them decode and understand messages like:

  • where they are in relation to home
  • if familiar people and animals are around
  • even details such as the age and sex of another dog based on clues left at an oft-frequented pee break spot out in the neighborhood.

Your dog's nose is much stronger than your own

Equipped with 1.5 million olfactory receptors, dogs’ noses are a huge help to them countless times per day. In addition to that wet snout, dogs possess something called the Jacobsen’s organ, which is located inside the naval cavity and opens into the top of the mouth. When the canine nose picks up a scent, the undetectable chemical components found within that smell go to the Jacobsen’s organ. Filled with nerves, the organ then sends these messages straight to the dog’s brain, where it processes them accordingly.

Some “scents” that work through the Jacobsen’s organ include pheromones. Pheromones help mature dogs mate with potential partners, and newborn puppies identify their mothers and locate their milk before they’re able to see or hear anything.

Nosework can help your dog become more confident

Allowing and encouraging a dog to use their phenomenal sense of smell helps them become confident in their surroundings and their ability to navigate it.

By assigning your companion a task like canine nosework, you’re setting them up to succeed by relying on what already comes naturally to them. This makes learning fun, especially as there’s a reward in it for them! Sniffing might even help reduce canine anxiety.

Nose work games can prevent behavioral problems

Activities like scent training — even just doing some casual nosework at home — van prevent your dog from developing behavioral problems. This is especially true for issues that often arise from boredom, like destructive chewing.

Why does nosework help? Because it's fulfilling! Physical exercise alone isn't enough to keep our pups satisfied. Making sure your dog gets enough canine enrichment can help them feel calmer, which means they're better able to relax and handle all the different stimuli in our modern human world.

Nosework also builds impulse control, a vital skill for pet dogs to have, in a great way: through simple games they enjoy. Scent work can be a fun part of your dog's training throughout their life!

Nosework can strengthen your relationship with your dog

As an added bonus, nosework training can help strengthen the bond between you and your dog by relying on direction, reward, trust, and teamwork to reach a goal together.

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What kind of dogs do nosework?

Working scent hounds are generally limited to a few specific breeds — but nosework can be enjoyed by any dog, regardless of their breed, age, sex, or temperament. Rescue dogs are great candidates for nosework too!

Many people introduce their dogs to nosework to raise their confidence levels, help them improve their ability to focus on one task, or just to keep them mentally stimulated, which can be of huge help to dogs who spend a lot of time at home alone.

Additionally, nosework can benefit dogs who simply don’t enjoy group activities — or who may be a little up there in age or weight, which might make taking part in more demanding physical activities a bit difficult for them.

In short: Dog-friendly scent games are for every canine companion. Any dog can be a detection dog, at least in the comfort of your own home!

How to get started with nose work games

If you’re interested in nosework for your dog, getting started is pretty simple and straightforward. There are just a few things to keep in mind to get the most out of you and your dog’s sessions.

The main components of dog nosework training are:

  • using something your dog likes the smell of (favorite smelly treats are great to start with)
  • hiding that thing in a scent container, often a plastic container or cardboard box
  • encouraging your dog to find the right scent container, perhaps using some guidance from you, in a scent game

Nosework supplies for your training sessions

To get your dog using their nose, you’ll need to get a few nosework supplies, which you may already have around your home.

One of the most fun parts of creating your nosework scent kit is identifying a smell that your dog absolutely loves and will be happy to sniff out. This item will depend on your individual dog, but some popular materials include deli slices, small bits of cheese, training treats, or even a favorite toy.

Next, you’ll need to hide this item inside of something called a scent container – many people like to use cardboard boxes, although some prefer plastic cups or bowls. It’s recommended that you start out with only a couple of boxes to let your dog experience finding the target before working your way up, which will guarantee success and keep things fun and rewarding for your canine pal.

Get your dog the safe enrichment they need by renting a Sniffspot

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Getting started with nose work games at home

For basic DIY nosework at home, take your valuable scented resource and hide it under one scent container.

You will either need to leash your dog up somewhere away from the scent containers, have them hold a sit or down stay, or have a friend hold them back while you hide the treat — but allow them to watch as you touch the boxes, move them around, and hide the treat at first (just be careful not to transfer the scent of the treat onto the other boxes, which can result in confusion for your dog).

If your dog is new to scent games...

If your canine friend is new to dog nose work games, start with just one or two scent containers in the room, and just let them use their nose to sniff out the treat. If they’re having a little trouble understanding the objective — which is completely normal for beginners — you can guide them a little toward the box that the treat is hidden under.

It’s generally discouraged for handlers to get too involved in the sniffing out process, but some dogs may take a little time catching on to the game, so feel free to walk with your dog as you both meander around and through the boxes you have laid out, or even pretend to look or poke around boxes as well, which may encourage your friend to get into the rhythm of things.

Stay patient and keep things fun!

Dog scent training games are meant to be fun and stimulating for your dog, so remember to be patient and encouraging if your dog isn’t quite sure what to do — while also keeping in mind that scent games are meant to teach your dog to rely on their nose, and not your instruction. (Obedience training and activities like rally and agility are more designed for that in-the-moment partnership.)

Reward when your dog finds the right scent container

When your dog has identified the correct box, give them the high-value reward they sniffed out immediately, and be sure to do this at the box they stopped at, praising them for a job well done. Once your dog has gotten the hang of it, add more boxes to the mix — but be sure to only place the reward under one of the boxes.

If you had your dog leave the room before, try experimenting with leaving them in the room while you hide the reward, and pretend to hide it under several different boxes so that they really have to use their nose to find the right box the treat is hidden beneath.

Go beyond nosework at home with dedicated training classes

If DIY dog nosework training isn’t working for you or your canine friend — or if you just want more guidance and additional mental stimulation for your dog! — there are classes and seminars designed to teach dog nosework training.

Professional trainers can help you and your pup reach the never level.

You might get into more advanced nose work training through:

  • Local trainers and training facilities in your area may offer dog nosework classes in person.
  • Online videos can also provide a wealth of practical knowledge to help you get started along your nosework journey, with tips and suggestions for the beginner, along with advanced varieties and techniques for those looking to increase their challenge level.
  • You can also check out blogs written by reputable dog trainers to learn efficient and effective ways to properly teach your dog nosework.

Sniffspot Dog running on field

Get safe exercise for your dog by renting a private dog park near you

Beyond an introduction: Intermediate and advanced nosework

Has your dog mastered the DIY nosework course you’ve mapped out for them? Looking to continue their growth and challenge them even more?

There are a number of things you can do to help your dog continue to excel, including AKC nosework. These classes mimic the training that scent detection K9 officers undergo as part of their job, and entails a bit more skill and precision.

Intermediate and advanced AKC nosework supplies

To teach your dog AKC scent work, you’ll implement the same format using different materials. Supplies include:

  • high-value favorite treats
  • birch oil, one of the most common target odors to start with
  • cotton swabs
  • gloves
  • one scent container, a small plastic jar with holes in the lid
  • another scent vessel, a small lidded glass jar
  • an empty container large enough for a cotton swab
  • tweezers

Get started with intermediate and advanced nosework

To begin, leave the room your dog is in, put on your disposable gloves, and add two drops of birch oil — your target scent — onto two cotton swabs.

Place the swabs in the glass jar, seal it, and throw your gloves away in a far away receptacle, taking extra care to not transfer the oil onto your hands by turning the gloves inside out.

Then, use your tweezers to place a swab in the empty container, and seal your tweezers in a bag (it’s extremely important that you not contaminate anything with an item that came into contact with the birch oil, as the scent can throw the entire session off).

Introduce your dog to the target scent by allowing them to smell the scent vessel and giving them a reward with a verbal command, like “yes,” every time they smell it, and repeat this a few times.

Finally, place the scent container that’s holding the swab in your plastic jar and repeat, allowing your dog to smell it and offering a reward when they do. You can try placing the jar in plain sight on the ground a few times as well and reward your dog when they smell it to get them acclimated with the objective. Once you have this down, hide the jar and see if your dog can find it, rewarding them as soon as they do.

Take things outside for more variety

In addition to nosework games inside of your home or training facility, conducting scent work sessions outdoors may break up the routine, as well as offer added stimulation thanks to a wealth of environmental scents around you. Nosework games can also be done in other enclosed areas, like inside of vehicles, for example. Interior, exterior, and vehicular searches are all part of K9 nosework competitions, in which additional scents, like anise and clove, are added to the courses.

Variants on nose work activities

Because a dog’s nose is so strong and relied-upon, there are a seemingly endless number of opportunities to utilize it for their benefit, with a little creativity on your part.

  • Nosework toys can be purchased in pet supply stores or online, and can make nosework games possible for dogs in limited spaces, like small apartments.
  • A variety of nose work games, especially for nosework at home, can be played to break things up and encourage your dog to explore scent detection even more.
  • You can keep things fun simply by switching out the containers you hide the reward inside of for other objects, like cups, bowls, or flower pots.
  • To create your own DIY nosework toy, try placing tennis balls on top of a muffin tin, then place your reward under one of the balls, allowing your dog to sniff out the right one.

Get your dog the safe enrichment they need by renting a Sniffspot

Sniffspot Dog swimming in pool

Other nosework resources

Dog nosework can be enjoyed as an at-home activity to keep your dog stimulated with fun games, or as a competitive sport.

If you’re looking to expand your dog’s involvement in nosework, the National Association of Canine Scent Work is a great resource for learning more about the sport, connecting with other nosework pet parents, and finding classes and competitions around the country.

Additionally, the Barn Hunt Association offers nosework competitions, and the NACSW Facebook page provides a great place to connect with other canine nosework enthusiasts.

Trainer Review of this Article

There is so much misinformation out there, we want to make sure we only provide the highest quality information to our community. We have all of our articles reviewed by qualified, positive-only trainers.

This is the trainer that reviewed this article:

* All Sniffspot articles are reviewed by certified trainers for quality, please see bottom of article for details *

Ever notice how much your canine pal uses their nose? Maybe you’ve seen them point their head downward and follow an invisible scent trail on the ground during walks — or perhaps they occasional aim upward to catch a whiff of something that’s probably a lot farther away that we realize.

A dog’s sense of smell helps keep them safe, active, and mentally stimulated. For that reason, dog nosework training (sometimes spelled nose work instead) can be a great activity for any canine companion to enjoy. You can even easily start training nosework at home!

Sniffspot Dog running on field

Get safe exercise for your dog by renting a private dog park near you

What is nosework?

Nosework, also known as scent training for dogs, is an activity designed for canines to tap into their superior senses of smell to explore the fun and focus of scent detection. Scent detection is done by many working dogs to aid their human handlers with tasks ranging from K9 nosework to search for missing persons or illegal contraband, sniffing out diseases like cancer, detecting pests like bed bugs, and even finding culinary delicacies like truffles.

While nosework pulls from the same structures and objectives as scent detection, it's generally used as a fun activity for non-working dogs, and affords countless benefits to both the pets and their parents.

Why are nose work games good for dogs?

In order to understand what makes nosework so beneficial for dogs, it’s important to consider just what the act of sniffing means to a canine.

Dogs rely on their sense of smell more than sight or hearing

Like people, dogs rely on the five neurological senses of sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch to navigate the world around them.

Unlike us humans, though? Smell is by far a dog’s most utilized sense! Our pups' noses help them decode and understand messages like:

  • where they are in relation to home
  • if familiar people and animals are around
  • even details such as the age and sex of another dog based on clues left at an oft-frequented pee break spot out in the neighborhood.

Your dog's nose is much stronger than your own

Equipped with 1.5 million olfactory receptors, dogs’ noses are a huge help to them countless times per day. In addition to that wet snout, dogs possess something called the Jacobsen’s organ, which is located inside the naval cavity and opens into the top of the mouth. When the canine nose picks up a scent, the undetectable chemical components found within that smell go to the Jacobsen’s organ. Filled with nerves, the organ then sends these messages straight to the dog’s brain, where it processes them accordingly.

Some “scents” that work through the Jacobsen’s organ include pheromones. Pheromones help mature dogs mate with potential partners, and newborn puppies identify their mothers and locate their milk before they’re able to see or hear anything.

Nosework can help your dog become more confident

Allowing and encouraging a dog to use their phenomenal sense of smell helps them become confident in their surroundings and their ability to navigate it.

By assigning your companion a task like canine nosework, you’re setting them up to succeed by relying on what already comes naturally to them. This makes learning fun, especially as there’s a reward in it for them! Sniffing might even help reduce canine anxiety.

Nose work games can prevent behavioral problems

Activities like scent training — even just doing some casual nosework at home — van prevent your dog from developing behavioral problems. This is especially true for issues that often arise from boredom, like destructive chewing.

Why does nosework help? Because it's fulfilling! Physical exercise alone isn't enough to keep our pups satisfied. Making sure your dog gets enough canine enrichment can help them feel calmer, which means they're better able to relax and handle all the different stimuli in our modern human world.

Nosework also builds impulse control, a vital skill for pet dogs to have, in a great way: through simple games they enjoy. Scent work can be a fun part of your dog's training throughout their life!

Nosework can strengthen your relationship with your dog

As an added bonus, nosework training can help strengthen the bond between you and your dog by relying on direction, reward, trust, and teamwork to reach a goal together.

Get your dog the safe enrichment they need by renting a Sniffspot

Sniffspot Dog swimming in pool

What kind of dogs do nosework?

Working scent hounds are generally limited to a few specific breeds — but nosework can be enjoyed by any dog, regardless of their breed, age, sex, or temperament. Rescue dogs are great candidates for nosework too!

Many people introduce their dogs to nosework to raise their confidence levels, help them improve their ability to focus on one task, or just to keep them mentally stimulated, which can be of huge help to dogs who spend a lot of time at home alone.

Additionally, nosework can benefit dogs who simply don’t enjoy group activities — or who may be a little up there in age or weight, which might make taking part in more demanding physical activities a bit difficult for them.

In short: Dog-friendly scent games are for every canine companion. Any dog can be a detection dog, at least in the comfort of your own home!

How to get started with nose work games

If you’re interested in nosework for your dog, getting started is pretty simple and straightforward. There are just a few things to keep in mind to get the most out of you and your dog’s sessions.

The main components of dog nosework training are:

  • using something your dog likes the smell of (favorite smelly treats are great to start with)
  • hiding that thing in a scent container, often a plastic container or cardboard box
  • encouraging your dog to find the right scent container, perhaps using some guidance from you, in a scent game

Nosework supplies for your training sessions

To get your dog using their nose, you’ll need to get a few nosework supplies, which you may already have around your home.

One of the most fun parts of creating your nosework scent kit is identifying a smell that your dog absolutely loves and will be happy to sniff out. This item will depend on your individual dog, but some popular materials include deli slices, small bits of cheese, training treats, or even a favorite toy. You'll add extra scents over time as your dog gets better at the game.

Next, you’ll need to hide this item inside of something called a scent container – many people like to use cardboard boxes, although some prefer plastic cups or bowls.

It’s recommended that you start out with only a couple of boxes to let your dog experience finding the target scent before working your way up to more complicated searches, which will guarantee success and keep things fun and rewarding for your canine pal!

Sniffspot Dog running on field

Get safe exercise for your dog by renting a private dog park near you

Getting started with nose work games at home

For basic DIY nosework at home, here's a simple introductory dog scent game to play.

Take your chosen kind of scent — probably a favorite treat — and hide it under one scent container.

You will either need to leash your dog up somewhere away from the scent containers, have them hold a sit or down stay, or have a friend hold them back while you hide the treat — but allow them to watch as you touch the boxes, move them around, and hide the treat at first (just be careful not to transfer the scent of the treat onto the other boxes, which can result in confusion for your dog).

If your dog is new to scent games...

If your canine friend is new to introductory scent games, start with just one or two scent containers in the room, and just let them use their nose to sniff out the treat. If they’re having a little trouble understanding the objective — which is completely normal for beginners — you can guide them a little toward the box that the treat is hidden under.

It’s generally discouraged for handlers to get too involved in the sniffing out process, but some dogs may take a little time catching on to the game, so feel free to walk with your dog as you both meander around and through the boxes you have laid out, or even pretend to look or poke around boxes as well, which may encourage your friend to get into the rhythm of things.

Stay patient and keep things fun!

Dog scent training games are meant to be fun and stimulating for your dog, so remember to be patient and encouraging if your dog isn’t quite sure what to do — while also keeping in mind that scent games are meant to teach your dog to rely on their nose, and not your instruction. (Obedience training and activities like rally and agility are more designed for that in-the-moment partnership.)

Reward when your dog finds the right scent container

When your dog has identified the correct box, give them the high-value reward they sniffed out immediately, and be sure to do this at the box they stopped at, praising them for a job well done. Once your dog has gotten the hang of it, add more boxes to the mix — but be sure to only place the reward under one of the boxes.

If you had your dog leave the room before, try experimenting with leaving them in the room while you hide the reward, and pretend to hide it under several different boxes so that they really have to use their nose to find the right box the treat is hidden beneath.

Go beyond nosework at home with dedicated training classes

If DIY dog nosework training isn’t working for you or your canine friend — or if you just want more guidance and additional mental stimulation for your dog! — there are classes and seminars designed to teach dog nosework training.

Professional trainers can help you and your pup reach the never level.

You might get into more advanced nose work training through:

  • Local trainers and training facilities in your area may offer dog nosework classes in person.
  • Online videos can also provide a wealth of practical knowledge to help you get started along your nosework journey, with tips and suggestions for the beginner, along with advanced varieties and techniques for those looking to increase their challenge level.
  • You can also check out blogs written by reputable dog trainers to learn efficient and effective ways to properly teach your dog nosework.

Get your dog the safe enrichment they need by renting a Sniffspot

Sniffspot Dog swimming in pool

Beyond an introduction: Intermediate and advanced nosework

Has your dog mastered the DIY nosework course you’ve mapped out for them? Looking to continue their growth and challenge them even more?

There are a number of things you can do to help your dog continue to excel, including AKC nosework. These classes mimic the training that scent detection K9 officers undergo as part of their job, and entails a bit more skill and precision.

Intermediate and advanced AKC nosework supplies

To teach your dog AKC scent work, you’ll implement the same format using different materials. Supplies include:

  • high-value favorite treats
  • birch oil, one of the most common target odors to start with
  • cotton swabs
  • gloves
  • one scent container, a small plastic jar with holes in the lid
  • another scent vessel, a small lidded glass jar
  • an empty container large enough for a cotton swab
  • tweezers

Get started with intermediate and advanced nosework

To begin, leave the room your dog is in, put on your disposable gloves, and add two drops of birch oil — your target scent — onto two cotton swabs.

Place the swabs in the glass jar, seal it, and throw your gloves away in a far away receptacle, taking extra care to not transfer the oil onto your hands by turning the gloves inside out.

Then, use your tweezers to place a swab in the empty container, and seal your tweezers in a bag (it’s extremely important that you not contaminate anything with an item that came into contact with the birch oil, as the scent can throw the entire session off).

Introduce your dog to the target scent by allowing them to smell the scent vessel and giving them a reward with a verbal command, like “yes,” every time they smell it, and repeat this a few times.

Finally, place the scent container that’s holding the swab in your plastic jar and repeat, allowing your dog to smell it and offering a reward when they do. You can try placing the jar in plain sight on the ground a few times as well and reward your dog when they smell it to get them acclimated with the objective. Once you have this down, hide the jar and see if your dog can find it, rewarding them as soon as they do.

Take things outside for more variety

In addition to nosework games inside of your home or training facility, conducting scent work sessions outdoors may break up the routine, as well as offer added stimulation thanks to a wealth of environmental scents around you. Nosework games can also be done in other enclosed areas, like inside of vehicles, for example. Interior, exterior, and vehicular searches are all part of K9 nosework competitions, in which additional scents, like anise and clove, are added to the courses.

Variants on nose work activities

Because a dog’s nose is so strong and relied-upon, there are a seemingly endless number of opportunities to utilize it for their benefit, with a little creativity on your part.

  • Nosework toys can be purchased in pet supply stores or online, and can make nosework games possible for dogs in limited spaces, like small apartments.
  • A variety of nose work games, especially for nosework at home, can be played to break things up and encourage your dog to explore scent detection even more.
  • You can keep things fun simply by switching out the containers you hide the reward inside of for other objects, like cups, bowls, or flower pots.
  • To create your own DIY nosework toy, try placing tennis balls on top of a muffin tin, then place your reward under one of the balls, allowing your dog to sniff out the right one.

Sniffspot Dog running on field

Get safe exercise for your dog by renting a private dog park near you

Other nosework resources

Dog nosework can be enjoyed as an at-home activity to keep your dog stimulated with fun games, or as a competitive sport.

If you’re looking to expand your dog’s involvement in nosework, the National Association of Canine Scent Work is a great resource for learning more about the sport, connecting with other nosework pet parents, and finding classes and competitions around the country.

Additionally, the Barn Hunt Association offers nosework competitions, and the NACSW Facebook page provides a great place to connect with other canine nosework enthusiasts.

We hope you and your pup love discovering the joys of scent work!

Trainer Review of this Article

There is so much misinformation out there, we want to make sure we only provide the highest quality information to our community. We have all of our articles reviewed by qualified, positive-only trainers.

This is the trainer that reviewed this article:

Olivia Peterson, CCS
Owner - Sound Connection Dog Training
WSU Bachelors in Animal Science Business Management
Northwest School of Canine Studies (NWSCS) Certification

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Ellen is the host of Country Pasture Getaway, one of Sniffspot's most popular sniff spots. She has taken the time to write up the lessons she has learned about how to be a great sniff spot host.

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How this Oregon Farmer is Making a Business From Renting Her Land to Dogs

Just 20 minutes outside of the busy city of Portland, Oregon, and settled right on the banks of the Columbia River, you’ll find what countless visitors have flocked to the area in search of – mountain views, crisp, clean air, and running water for miles. What you might not expect to find, however, is a hidden oasis designed just for dogs and their people, owned and operated by a farming couple and enjoyed by visitors on two legs, and four.  

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Host Tips: Fran T. Providing Great Guest Service at our Spot

Fran is the host of Ranch Setting, one of Sniffspot's most popular spots. She has taken the time to write up the lessons she has learned about how to be a great Sniffspot host.

Top dog trainers in the US

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The Best Dog Trainers in the United States of 2023

Welcome to the United States Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2023. This is a list of the top dog trainers in the United States based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 55,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used.

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The Best Dog Trainers in New Jersey of 2023

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The Best Dog Trainers in Michigan of 2023

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The Best Dog Trainers in Washington of 2023

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The Best Dog Trainers in Florida of 2023

City dog parks guides

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The Best Indoor Dog Parks in the United States

Looking for a space to play with your dog no matter what the weather’s like outside? Look no further than our list of the best indoor dog parks in the United States! These climate-controlled spaces are growing in popularity as pet ownership increases throughout the country. As a bonus, many of them also offer dog training, boarding, grooming, or daycare services on the premises.

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The Best Off-Leash Dog Parks in the United States

Looking for the perfect place to play with your dog? We’ve got you covered! It’s hard to narrow down, but we’ve put together some of the best off-leash dog parks throughout the country so you can plan your next adventure — along with a checklist of what to bring, what to know beforehand, and some frequently asked questions.

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The Best Las Vegas, Nevada Dog Parks

Looking for the perfect place to play with your dog in Las Vegas? We’ve got you covered! Take a look at the best local dog parks and plan for your next adventure in Sin City.

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The Best United States Dog Parks

Looking for the perfect place to play with your dog? We’ve got you covered! It’s hard to narrow down, but we’ve put together some of the best dog parks throughout the country so you can plan your next adventure. Here’s what the United States has to offer to its more than 90 million canine companions.

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The Best Portland, Oregon Dog Parks

Looking for the perfect place to play with your dog in Portland? We’ve got you covered! Take a look at the best local dog parks and plan for your next adventure in the City of Roses.