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Building Speed in Scent Work

When dogs are competiting at Scent Work trials, they are not only judged on whether they find the hide, but how quickly. Now, every dog has their own search style and no two dogs are the same. However, we are going to cover exercises designed to help your dog be as speedy as THEY can be. We will also discuss the importance of speed v. rushing. 

Course Details

It is important to note that every dog is an individual and no two dogs should be compared when it comes to hunting and search styles. A Malinois is not going to work the same way a Whippet does. However, every dog can improve upon their efficiency and speed in which they work. The key here is how effective they are. Rushing around a search area will only result in disturbing the odor. A dog who frantically zips around the search area may appear to onlookers as the speedier searcher, but this dog may actually need more time to find the hide than another dog who is more methodical and careful. In this course, we will discuss a variety of exercises all handlers can try with their canine companions. Some will be designed to help focus the frantic ping-ponger. Others will help to build more enthusiasm and drive in the dog who has become pokey in their searching. All the exercises will focus on keeping the dog engaged, happy and loving the search!

What You Will Need:

  • your dog
  • flat or martingale collar
  • back-clip harness (optional)
  • 6'-8' leash
  • 10'-15' long line
  • LOTS of high-value and smelly treats
  • crate or area you can stage your dog in while setting up your searches
  • minimum of 10 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
  • minimum of 10 novel containers (Tupperware containers, purses, bag, etc.)
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots
  • q-tips
  • Birch ("Sweet Birch" aka Betula Lenta)
  • Anise ("Aniseed" aka Pimpinella Anisum)
  • Clove ("Clove Bud" aka Eugenia Caryophylatta)
  • minimum of 10 tins with holes

Course Outline

  • Improve Upon the Dog You Have
  • Focus v. Frantic
  • Find It Fast Game
  • Timing Your Search
  • Efficient v. Learning Moments
  • Test Your Progress

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor

KPA-CTP

CPDT-KA

CNWI

AKC Scent Work Judge

USCSS CSD and Judge

AKC CGC Evaluator

C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor

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Student Enrollment

Intensive learning experience

Full access to all course materials

Full access to course forum

Submit homework and videos

Detailed review from instructor


 $230.00

Auditor Enrollment

Perfect intermediary

Full access to all course materials

Full access to general forum

May view homework forum

May ask instructor questions


 $185.00

Watcher Enrollment

Self-taught option

Full access to all course materials

May view general forum

May view homework forum

May not post or ask questions


 $95.00

NOTE: You will be directed to the Online Dog Training University website to complete your purchase.

This is where you will login and access your course and forum.

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