Instructor: Catherine Gryniewicz

Phone -262-676-2238 or info@dogwellbalanced.com

Classes Start :  Thursday 1/11/18 – Class Times are 7 pm & 8 pm

Sunday  1/14/18 – Class Times are 8am, 9am, 10 am & 11 am.

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What Is Scent Work?

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. Scent Work is a positive, challenging activity that allows dogs the opportunity to use their strongest natural sense in a way that is fun, engaging, and that builds and strengthens a foundation of trust between the handler and dog

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The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs), employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances. Rather than searching for cocaine though, dogs in AKC Scent Work search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress. The cotton swabs are hidden out of sight in a pre-determined search area, and the dog has to find them. Teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate the find to the handler, who calls it out to the judge.

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In so many dog sports the handler is in control. The handler knows what has to be done, issues commands to the dog, and ensures that they are carried out. This isn’t true in Scent Work. Neither the dog nor handler know where the target odor is hidden, and the handler has no way to know. The handler has to rely on the dog, and follow the dogs nose to success. In Scent Work, it is the canine who is the star of the show.

Information regarding Scent Work taken from AKC Website