AKC Scent Work is a sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent and communicate to the handler that the scent has been found. Real-life detection dogs are trained to search for a variety of things–drugs, explosives, human remains, currency, other contraband, living humans (such as for Search and Rescue), and much more. AKC Scent Work takes this amazing working relationship and turns it into a fun game that any dog can play.
AKC Scent Work is broken down into two divisions. The Odor Search Division, in which the dog is searching for the odor of one or more specific essentials oils (birch, anise, clove and/or cypress) and the Handler Discrimination Division, in which the dog is searching for the scent of their handler.
Dogs must be capable of handling confinement during the class, either crated away from their handlers or in a properly equipped vehicle.
No dogs with any aggression towards people.
AKC Scent Work Class Descriptions
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AKC(R) is now offering titling classes in scent work and there are some new elements in their competition classes. This six week class focuses on introducing your dog to handler discrimination, distractions of mimic, auditory and visual, and buried hides in preparation for the novice and advanced levels of competition. It will also introduce your dog to the scent of cypress.
Prerequisite: Foundation nose work training, including introduction to odor.
Length: 6 weeks
Thinking about competing in AKC Scent Work? Our AKC Mock Trial Practices give you get a chance to work timed odor searches based AKC's Scent Work searches and rules. It's a great way to hone your skills in the newest competition in scent work.
Each week is a separate practice session focusing on a specific AKC level (Novice or Advanced) and category (interiors, exteriors or containers).
Length: 1 week per type
Duration: 1 hour
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