Scent work dogs

Scent Work Dogs

 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. The dog must use their nose to search out the hidden odors, and then alert their handlers when the odors are detected. Dogs may paw, bark, point with their nose or body, sit, lie down, or use any other behavior to communicate the location of the odor.  The odors used in AKC are: Birch (Betula lenta), Anise (Pimpinella anisum), Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), and Cypress (Cupressus sempevirens).

Searches in AKC Scent Work are completed in a variety of environments, known as “Elements.” The Elements in AKC Scent Work are:

  • Container: The target odor is concealed within a container (such as a cardboard box or briefcase), and the dog must indicate in which container the scent is hidden.
  • Interior: The target odor is concealed on or in an object in an indoor search area.
  • Exterior: The target odor is concealed on or in an object in an outdoor search area–this requires the dog to locate the scent despite changing airflow patterns, weather conditions, and natural distractions.
  • Buried: The target odor is concealed within a small container and then buried in a container of sand or water.

Ewald earned his Scent Titles - Novice, Container, Intereior, Exterior & Buried!  What to go Ewald!
Ewald earned his Scent Titles - Novice, Container, Intereior, Exterior & Buried! What to go Ewald!

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Cricket

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Papillon

Cricket qualifies 9 out of 12 classes at her first Scent Work Trial!  Way to go Cricket!


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