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AKC Scent Work


Discover Scent Work!

The latest AKC training activity that develops your dog’s natural scenting abilities through fun and games.  This class leverages every dog’s amazing sense of smell and their love of performing a task.  Geared for dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages, Scent Work has found enthusiastic participants seeking a lower impact canine activity that offers great rewards for both handlers and their dogs.  SW classes teach basics all the way to competition level of search skills. Scent work builds dogs confidence, burns off mental and physical energy, and reinforces the bond between dog and owner. It is helpful to have taken basic obedience classes prior to enrolling in Scent Work.

Not all classes are offered every session.


This class teaches the basics of how to handle oils, making hides, and doing simple searches. A hide will be provided for home practice. Necessary items for an AKC Scent Work Kit and other searching equipment will be discussed, along with those necessary for progressing to the Elements class.


Applying the principles of Foundation, the team will learn about Interiors, Exteriors, Buried, Containers, and Vehicles. To enroll in this class, dogs and handlers must have completed Foundation or its equivalent, and must have a Scent Work Kit including the 4 AKC approved oils as discussed in Foundation.


The teams will expand their skills in searching and handling with the goal of successful competition.  Dogs and Handlers must have completed the previous two classes to be approved to enter this class.


Independent competition style searches offered for teams fluent in all 4 AKC odors.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:  Flat buckle collar.  Most Scent Work handlers transition to harnesses for searching as their education progresses.  6-15 foot lead.  Retractable leashes may be used for searches only.  Students must have their own AKC approved scent work kit for the Elements and Competition levels (including birch, anise, clove and cypress). Many SOFT small treats, and a hungry dog.

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