What is Scent Work

Scent Work, otherwise known as Nose Work or Canine Scent Training, is an excellent activity that quite literally any dog can excel in. Formally created as a sport by National Association of Canine Scent Work, otherwise known as NACSW, Scent Work has exploded on the scene. The sport of Scent Work has grown tremendously in the United States and is beginning to grow internationally as well. 

But What IS Scent Work?!

Essentially, it is the opportunity for your dog to be a dog! With Scent Work, dogs are permitted to use their amazing sense of smell to find novel target odors (ie. Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress, Myrrh, Thyme, Wintergreen, etc.) hidden within a variety of search areas.

Here are a few examples of the types of searches that are commonly associated with Scent Work: 

Sir Valor Demonstrates the Types of Scent Work Searches

One of the best parts of this activity is everyone can play the game, whether they are interested in competition or not! The benefits of playing Scent Work with your dog are plentiful:

  • Gives your dog a proper outlet
  • Helps them use their brain
  • Can help tucker them out
  • Shown to improve their overall behavior
  • Builds and improves upon the communication between dog and handller
  • ...It is fun!

What is Scent Work Webinar

Want a more detailed breakdown of what Scent Work is as an activity and sport? In this webinar, we discuss how Scent Work came to be, the benefits of it as well as the difference between the GAME and SPORT of Scent Work.
$25.00 Live | $20.00 Recorded

Introduction to Scent Work Online Course

You can see Scent Work offers many benefits for your dog. But where to start?! No worries, we will walk you through the process with this 6-week online course. Focused on having fun with your dog, you both will have a ton of fun!
All Three Levels Available!