Ep. 22: What Does All of This Mean?!

Ep. 22: What Does All of This Mean?!

Nose Work. Scent Work. Detection. SAR. Tracking. Trialing. ... What the heck do all of these terms mean?! It is enough to cause someone to rip their hair out!

In this episode, we try to break down what each of these terms mean, where they come from and how they relate to one another. Is Nose Work and Scent Work really interchangeable? How does Detection and SAR relate to Nose Work or Scent Work...or do they at all? Where does tracking fit in? What about trialing?! For anyone who is more experienced, we also stress the important of remembering just how confusing all of this CAN be and the daunting amount of lingo associated with this activity.

If you are interested in learning more about Search and Rescue and professional detection work, check out the Penn Working Dog Center.

Here are some links for the current Nose Work/Scent Work competition organizations within the United States:


AKC Scent Work

UKC Nose Work

United States Canine Scent Sports

Performance Scent Dogs

CPE Scent Sports

K9 ABC Games

C-WAGS Scent Detective Program

Sniffing Dog Sports (unclear if still active)

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