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  • What is Scent Work

    What is Scent Work?

    Scent Work is an excellent option for all dogs, whether they are interested in competition or not! Allow your dog to tap into their amazing sense of smell.
  • Getting Started in Scent Work

    Getting Started in Scent Work

    With our Foundation Scent Work courses, you and your dog will learn the skills necessary to be successful in this wonderful activity.
  • Prepping for Trial

    Prepping for Trial

    With our competition venue-specific courses, we can help you and your dog get ready for trial, and develop the skills necessary to be successful.
  • Upcoming Courses

    Upcoming Courses

    See which online Scent Work courses are opening for enrollment in the coming weeks; you don't want to miss out!
  • Current Courses

    Current Courses

    Want to enroll in a course right now? We've got you covered! Check out those courses that offer rolling enrollment and get your learning on!

Quality Instruction

With a combination of informative narration, detailed video examples and helpful handouts, you will walk away understanding the hows and whys of each exercise.

Incredible Convenience

You have access to all the course and webinar materials for 1 full year. Refer back to this material as often as you like! Take your time and never feel rushed.

Flexible Learning

Choose the enrollment option that works best for you. Use the course forum to ask questions to the instructor as well as your fellow participants.

How Can Scent Work University Help You?

Getting Started in Scent Work

Start with our Foundation Courses.

Building Skills for Scent Work

Expand your sniffing game.

Prepping for Trial

Learn how to earn those ribbons!

Courses to Check Out

  • Introduction to Scent Work

    Introduction to Scent Work

    Does your dog love to sniff? Are you looking for a way to work them out mentally and physically with an activity that is still easy for you to do and fit into your busy schedule? Do you need something to help build your dog's confidence or curb unwanted behaviors stemming from boredom? Great! Then the Introduction to Scent Work course is for you! Read More
  • Introducing Birch

    Introducing Birch

    In this 6-week online course, your dog will learn to find a new novel odor: Birch. Teams will be concentrating on searching interior and container search areas. Handlers will also learn the importance of reward placement and timing, as well as how they can further support their canine partner, all while following the K9 Nose Work® methodology. Get ready to take your searching to the next level! Read More
  • Building Endurance for Scent Work

    Building Endurance in Scent Work

    Scent Work is an exhausting activity for the dog, both mentally and physically. Therefore, we must consciously train to build upon our dog's endurance, especially as we prepare to enter the higher levels of competition. In this course, we will outline how you can get your dog comfortable with routinely finding 8, 10, 15 or even more hides within a single search area! Read More
  • Reading Your Dog for Scent Work

    Reading Your Dog

    One of the most important skills for any Scent Work handler to hone is being able to read their dog. Every dog will develop their own personal "tell". In this course we will break down the common signs your dog is in odor, heading toward and finding the hide as opposed to what it looks like when they get distracted, are crittering or investigating "dog odor".  Read More
  • Handler Discrimination

    Handler Discrimination

    In AKC Scent Work, competitors also have the opportunity to enter the handler discrimination class, where the dog will locate an article with their scent in the Novice levels, or a scented q-tip or cotton ball in the upper levels of competition. We will cover how you can introduce this concept to your dog and ensure their success! Read More
  • Only Odor Proofing Course

    Only Odor Proofing Course

    Once our dogs understand the concept of the Scent Work game and they have their foundation skills cemented, our next step is to ensure the dog is only interested in odor. This means setting up proofing exercises that are designed to stretch the dog without setting them up to fail or posing trick questions to them. We will do just that in this 6-week course.  Read More
  • NW2 Trial Prep

    NACSW: NW2 Trial Prep

    The NW2 Trial Prep class will mentally and physically prepare teams for NACSW™ NW2 trials.  Some of the topics covered include training with distractions, searching for multiple hides and solving converging odor problems, how to read your dog sourcing an inaccessible hide, covering the search area, working under pressure as well as tips on how to prepare for the day of the trial will be covered. Read More
  • NW3 Trial Prep

    NACSW: NW3 Trial Prep

    The NW3 Trial Prep class will mentally and physically prepare teams for NACSW™ NW3 trials.  Some of the topics covered include covering the search area and reading when your dog has found all of the hides or if there are no hides, building stamina, training for high hides, how not to get lost during the search, dealing with the stress of the unknown, working under pressure as well as tips on how to prepare for the day of the trial will be covered. Read More
  • Scent Work Coaching: Handler's Choice

    Scent Work Coaching: Handler's Choice

    Every Scent Work team has different goals. Some people practice every day, others are lucky to practice once a week (or less!). Many feel that they aren’t getting the most out of their practice. What should you practice? Do you know what you will do if a problem arises? Do you feel like you’re walking your dog from hide to hide (or giving them “hints”) instead of letting them work out the odor problem? With this course, we will coach YOU on how to be a better handler and Scent Work team as a whole! Read More
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What SWU Students Say

  • One word to sum up my experience is tremendous. After taking the Building Speed in Scent Work and Odor Only Proofing, Guinness and I have grown by leaps and bounds. The format is fantastic, in a traditional class setting nuances are missed or you don't realize you're doing or not doing something, but when your training session videos are critiqued, you are coached through the minute details; it’s these little things that make a huge impact. Thank you SWU!!
  • Currently taking Building Endurance in Scent Work and loving it! I am learning so much about myself and my dog, Dianna's feed back is wonderful and so motivating! I selected this course because even though we have been very successful a the lower trial levels as we move on to advanced work we are facing some challenges and this course is helping us immensely! Thank you Dianna! You rock!

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Give It a Try

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