20% Off All Online Courses and Webinars with Promo Code 2020


Scent Study Buddy

Want someone to tell you what to practice, and get personalized feedback?

This ongoing course features monthly topics (so you don't have to think of what to practice), but enough flexibility that it can be tailored to where you are in your specific scent work journey.

Film your practice of the monthly topic, and submit a video (up to 3 minutes) once a week for analysis and feedback.

Course Details

It's time to kick start your Scent Work training and get out of that funk! You can do just that with this ongoing course focused on helping you and your dog.

Every month you are part of the program, you will focus on a new skill. Here is a brief glimpse of what you will delve into:

  • MONTH ONE: Going on the Road
  • MONTH TWO: Start Lines and Thresholds
  • MONTH THREE: Creative Containers
  • MONTH FOUR: Confidence
  • MONTH FIVE: Vehicles
  • MONTH SIX: Rewarding
  • MONTH SEVEN: Exteriors
  • ...and much more!

NOTE: All enrollees will start at Month One and work their way through the program. The longer you are enrolled, the more material you get to work on!


Dog must be familiar hunting for at least one novel odor (ie. Birch, Anise and/or Clove). 

What You Will Need:

  • your dog
  • flat or martingale collar
  • 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
  • containers for practice sessions
  • 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

How This Course Works

Enroll by the start date (new sessions will start on the 1st of every month):

  • Receive access to all the Month One materials.
  • Submit (1) video a week during that month to be reviewed and then receive detailed feedback from Natalie.
  • You can combine several short searches into one video, bringing the total to a 3-minute video of sniffing goodness!
  • At the end of the month, you may opt to leave the program OR continue your membership receive access to the Month Two materials, submit your videos and so on.
  • This process will continue until you opt out of the program. 
  • You may opt out of the program at any time...but why would you?!

Meet Natalie McManus

Natalie McManus

Virtual Coaching Program Instructor


AKC Scent Work Judge

USCSS Judge and CSD

K9 Nose Work® Camp Insturctor

Learn More

Scent Study Buddy Member

Ongoing learning experience

Get the individualized help you need!

Submit 1 video a week

Receive detailed feedback

Stay in the program as long as you like

Opt out at any time


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.

Online Scent Work Skills Programs

Foundation Scent Work Program

Foundation Scent Work Program

Intro to Odor Program

Intro to Odor Program

Advanced Skills Program

Advanced Skills Program

Handler Skills Program

Handler Skills Program

Virtual Coaching Program

Virtual Coaching Program

Private Video Lessons

Private Video Lessons