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Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch

Has your dog graduated from the Introducing Birch course? Are they ready to take their skills to the next level? Wonderful! This 6-week online course will cover how to introduce your dog to the concept of searching for Birch in exterior and vehicle search areas, both of which can be rather challenging. Gain the skills you need to succeed! 

Course Details

This course will concentrate on how to introduce your dog to the concept of searching exterior and vehicle search areas for Birch. We will discuss the various considerations which should go into hide placement to ensure your dog can be successful. These include how the environment and wind will affect the odor as well as safety concerns handlers should always be mindful of. Additionally, we will cover how handlers can both help set their dog up to succeed while still pushing them to further improve and build upon their skills and capabilities. As with the Introducing Birch course, we will be using pairing to allow the dog to self-reward at source, as source needs to be the most rewarding thing! By following the K9 Nose Work® training methodology, not only are we giving your dog a strong foundation so they my be successful at a NACSW™ trial, but they will be successful competing with other Scent Work competition organizations as well!

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 5 novel containers (e.g. Tupperware, purse, bag, etc.)
  • 1-3 vehicles (e.g. car, SUV, truck, tractor, riding lawnmower, etc)
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots
  • q-tips
  • Birch (“Sweet Birch” aka Betula Lenta)
  • minimum of 3 tins with holes

Course Outline

The Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch course is designed to provide the same exact learning experience we provided to our in-person group dog training classes in a virtual format. Same great quality with more flexibility and convenience!

Here is a quick breakdown of the types of topics that will be covered each week:

  • Introduction to Exterior Searches with Birch
  • Using Boxes to Expand Your Search
  • Wind, Start Lines and Distractors
  • Introduction to Vehicle Searches with Birch
  • Multiple Hides on a Vehicle
  • Putting it All Together

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

Next Session Starts April 6th

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 Getting Started With Odor Course Package and enjoy a 10% discount!

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