Scent Work Class


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Inspired by working detection dogs, Scent Work is an exciting and enjoyable search and scenting activity for dogs of all ages. While the main focus is for the dog and handler to be having fun, this new sport brings out the canine’s natural instinct to use his nose and helps build the dog’s confidence and focus, providing a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through both mental stimulation and physical exercise. Our Scent Work classes are suitable for all dogs with the exception of human-aggressive dogs.

Please note:  We must insist that all dogs be crated or in your car when they are not searching. There are 2 reasons for this:

  1. Safety is first and foremost. Dogs are not allowed to interact or go nose-to-nose before, during or after class in order to keep them focused on the sport. All dogs are crated when it’s not their turn to work the search area and only one dog works at a time.
  2. It’s important that you understand that you’ll learn so much by observing other dogs work and you really can’t do that if you’re dealing with your own dog

Introductory Scent Work – Level 1 

Scent Work was developed to provide a fun activity for pet dogs to give them an outlet to use their natural hunting and scenting abilities. This class is for dogs that are new to Scent Work and begins to teach the primary skills to progress in this sport whether for personal enjoyment or for competition.  At the same time it will strengthen the bond between dog and handler. As the dog’s skills increase, new challenges and dynamics in the search setting are slowly introduced beginning the underlying foundation to help build the dog’s confidence working around obstacles and in different search environments. This class may be repeated several times.  Please Bring: Lots of treats (or toys, if your dog does not like food), a crate, and a buckle collar.

Class Requirements: Dog must have previously attended this class. (NOTE: at the discretion of the Scent Work instructor, there may be exceptions.)

Aggressive dogs are not allowed.

Scent Work – Level 2

This class is for dogs that have completed Car-Dun-Al’s Introductory Scent Work-Level 1 class and will include the introduction of odor as the dogs continue to develop their primary skills and build their underlying foundation to progress in this sport. This class may be repeated several times.   Please Bring: Lots of treats (or toys, if your dog does not like food), a crate, and a buckle collar.

Class Requirements: Dog must have completed a Car-Dun-Al’s Introductory Scent Work-Level 1 class (NOTE: at the discretion of the Scent Work instructor, there may be exceptions.)

  Scent Work – Level 3
Dogs in this class are working on target odors for AKC Scent Work trials. It continues emphasis on new learning experiences and supports the dog’s independent problem solving, rather than the expectation that the dog perform a series of tasks in a predetermined manner. Scent Work is a team effort. While the dog further develops odor obedience, handlers further develop their ability to read their canine partner resulting in a better understanding of their dog’s search behavior. This class may be repeated several times.

Class Requirements: dogs must have previously attended this class. (NOTE: at the discretion of the Scent Work instructor, there may be exceptions.)

Class Fees for all Levels: $125.00 for 6 week class

If you have any questions regarding Friday classes, contact Judy Lantinen at 847-401-6890 or email k9-labs@comcast.net for Wednesday Evening classes contact Sherry Russo at sherryrusso22@gmail.com or Carol Ronan at ronanfieldgirls@gmail.com