Introducing Clove

Your dog is proficient in locating both Birch and Anise hides in all the elements (Interior, Exterior, Vehicle and Container), well done! You are now ready to introduce a third odor to your dog: Clove. In this 6-week online course, we will ensure your dog loves Clove as much as they enjoy finding Birch and Anise. Get ready to have a great time!

Course Details

With your dog understanding the value of locating novel odors, the process of introducing Clove is fairly simple. However, we do need to ensure that we neither rush the process nor neglect the progress our dog has made, and should continue to make, in their finding of the Birch and Anise hides.

In this vein, we will be tackling two learning pathways in this course: one will concentrate on introducing Clove, ensuring the dog finds this to be valuable and can locate it in the various search areas.

The second pathway will involve increasing the difficulty of the Birch and Anise hides, with their placement, odor concentration and fading of the pairing technique.

All of this will ensure the dog loves to find Clove as much as Birch and Anise, and that they will have developed the skills to locate harder hides in trickier search areas. By using the K9 Nose Work® training methodology, not only are we preparing you and your dog to succeed at NACSW™ trials, but we are giving you the tools to succeed with any Scent Work competition organization!

As if all THAT were not enough, we will stretching your dog by testing their confidence, independence in hunting, introducing how to deal with distractors, blank areas and running semi-blind searches.

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 containers, purse, 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 6 tins with holes

Course Outline

The Introducing Clove 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 in this course:

  • Adding Clove to the Party
  • Really Testing Confidence
  • Independence and Distractors
  • Introducing Blank Searches
  • Semi-Blank Searches
  • Prepping for ORT and NW1

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead 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


Auditor Enrollment

Perfect intermediary

Full access to all course materials

Full access to general forum

May view homework forum

May ask instructor questions


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


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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