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Building Independence in Scent Work

Scent Work is one of the few dog sports where the dog must take the lead. After all, they are the one with the amazing sense of smell! For many of our dogs, it is scary or unnerving to the take the reins as it were. Oftentimes, it is even harder for handlers to give up a level of control! We will address both of these concerns head-on! We will help your dog to develop a level of independence and confidence while helping you know the difference between hindering v. helping. 

Course Details

Dogs must showcase a certain level of confidence and independence to be successful in Scent Work. The ability to work independently, make decisions and not simply cue off the handler is of paramount importance. In this 6-week course, we will go over a variety of exerises designed to help your dog develop the confidence and independence they need. These exercises will also help you as handler have a better understanding of when you should step back and let your dog work, or when you may need to step in help. 

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

  • Trusting the Dog
  • Reading the Dog v. Leading the Dog
  • Independent Searches
  • What About Patterns?
  • When to Step In v. When to Push
  • Test Your Progress

Meet Your Instructor:

Dianna L. Santos

Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor

Dianna's Credentials

KPA-CTP

CPDT-KA

CNWI

AKC Scent Work Judge

USCSS CSD and Judge

AKC CGC and Trick Evaluator

C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator

Associate Trick Dog Instructor

Student Enrollment

Virtual equivalent to in-person group classes. Submit videos of your homework assignments and work directly with an online instructor.

Includes:

  • Full access to all course materials
  • Full access to course forum
  • Submit homework and videos
  • Detailed review from instructor

 $230.00

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Grants you access to all the course materials and forum for one full year.

Auditor Enrollment

Enhanced option with the ability to post to the forum and ask instructor questions without the pressure of submitting homework or videos.

Includes:

  • Full access to all course materials
  • Full access to general forum
  • May view homework forum
  • May ask instructor questions

 $185.00

Rolling Enrollment

Grants you access to all the course materials and forum for one full year.

Watcher Enrollment

Basic access to course materials, this is the most flexible option where you can go through the material at your own pace, when it works best for you. 

Includes:

  • Full access to all course materials
  • May view general forum
  • May view homework forum
  • Unable to ask instructor questions 

 $95.00

Rolling Enrollment

Grants you access to all the course materials and forum for one full year.

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.

Want to take more than one course?

Check out the Sniffing Sensei Course Package and enjoy a 10% discount!

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