Scent Work

Scent work classes are offered by Hutchinson Kennel Club.

Scent Work Class Descriptions

Cost for Scent Work 1 and 2 is $85.00
Cost for Scent Work 3, 4, 5 and 6 is $95.00

Scent Work 1 (SW 1): Introduction to Scent Work
Summary: In this class, the dogs are introduced to the game of Scentwork. The dog searches boxes for treats or a toy. This is known as “Primary”. This is the beginning of building of a solid foundation. “Elements” are also introduced.
Class length: 6 weeks (90 minutes)
Max number of dogs: 6
Prerequisite: None

Scent Work 2 (SW 2): Different Places/ Leash Handling
Summary: This is a continuation of Scent Work 1 with the dog still looking for treats or a toy. There is an emphasis on leash handling. This class will be held in a different location each week.
Class length: 6 weeks (90 minutes)
Max Number of dogs: 6
Prerequisite: Must have completed Scent Work 1

Scent Work 3 (SW 3): Introduction to Odor (Birch)
Summary: Here is where the dog will be introduced to it’s first target odor (Birch). The handler will learn how to properly handle and store odor as well as loading swabs. Different types of containers will be demonstrated as vessels for containing the swabs. The essential oil is used here as well as using treats or a toy (pairing). Boxes are also still used.
Class length: 6 weeks (120 minutes)
Max number of dogs: 6
Prerequisite: Must have completed Scent Work 2

Scent Work 4 (SW 4): Introduction to Anise
Summary: The dog is introduced to a 2nd target odor (Anise). The same as Scent Work 3; essential oil and treats and or a toy are used. Boxes are also still used. Both Birch and Anise will be used.
Class length : 6 weeks (120 minutes)
Max number of dogs: 6
Prerequisite: Must have completed Scent Work 3 or have Instructor approval.
Cost: $95.00

Scent Work 5 (SW 5): Introduction to Clove and Cypress
Summary: The dog is introduced to a 3rd and 4th target odor (Clove and Cypress). The same as Scent Work 4, essential oils and treats and or a toy are used. Boxes are also still used.
Odors used: Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress
Class length: 6 weeks (120 minutes)
Max number of dogs: 6
Prerequisite: Must have completed Scent Work 4 or have Instructor approval.
Cost: $95.00

Scent Work 6 (SW 6): Introduction to Myrrh and Vetiver
Summary: The dog is introduced to a 5th and 6th target odor (Myrrh and Vetiver). Boxes are still used but real life searches are incororated.
Class length: 6 weeks (120 minutes)
Max number of dogs: 6
Odors used: Birch, Anise, Clove, CypressMyrrh and Vetiver
Prerequisite: Must have completed Scent Work 5 or have Instructor approval
Cost: $95.00

Scent Work Practice Groups
Summary: Scent Work people getting together to have fun and practice in different locations. Different elements will be employed here depending on the location, time of year, weather, time of day. Both dogs on primary and on odor are invited to participate.
Class length: On going (120 minutes)
Max number of dogs: 8 **MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE
Prerequisite: Must have completed Scent Work 2 or currently trialing.
Odors Used: Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress (possibly Myrrh and Vetiver)
Cost: None