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Reading Your Dog

One of the most important skills for any Scent Work handler to hone is being able to read their dog. Every dog will develop their own personal "tell". In this course we will break down the common signs your dog is in odor, heading toward and finding the hide as opposed to what it looks like when they get distracted, are crittering or investigating "dog odor". 

Course Details

If there was a common request among Scent Work handlers it would be, "I want to know when my dog has found the hide!" In other words, they want to be positive of what their dog is telling them. Now, every dog is an individual and what one dog does may be entirely different to what another dog does. However, there are some blanket rules we can apply to build to a foundation of understanding of what our dog is "telling" us. We will do just that in this course. Additionally, we will discuss exercises you can do as a handler to find out those subtle cues your own personal dog gives, when they are in odor, heading to the hide, at source, distracted, crittering, in "dog odor" or about to mark!

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!)
  • plastic lid container from a yogurt or similar container
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots

Course Outline

  • Noticing, Chasing and Finding Odor
  • Cataloguing and Triangulating
  • Crittering and Dog Odor
  • Frustartion and Signs of Stress
  • Overheating and Exhaustion
  • Analyzing Search Videos

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.

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