Building Independence in Scent Work Course
Building Independence in Scent Work Course
Building Independence in Scent Work Course

Building Independence in Scent Work Course

Building Independence in Scent Work Course

Regular price $160.00
  • Advanced Topics Program
  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Effective Training Technique
  • Recorded & On-Demand
  • Continual Access

Scent Work is one of the few dog sports where the dog must take the lead. After all, they are the one with the amazing sense of smell! For many of our dogs, it is scary or unnerving to the take the reins as it were. Oftentimes, it is even harder for handlers to give up a level of control! We will address both of these concerns head-on! We will help your dog to develop a level of independence and confidence while helping you know the difference between hindering v. helping.


Dogs must showcase a certain level of confidence and independence to be successful in Scent Work. The ability to work independently, make decisions and not simply cue off the handler is of paramount importance.

In this 6-week course, we will go over a variety of exercises designed to help your dog develop the confidence and independence they need. These exercises will also help you as handler have a better understanding of when you should step back and let your dog work, or when you may need to step in help.


"I really liked how it provided a framework to help you assess your training and look for areas to improve. Excellent resource for problem solving" - Cliff E.

""I started the course to build independence and confidence in a sensitive Beagle. Following the assessments and exercises she made great progress. She is now searching independently and will drive into hard to access areas or try to climb or reach areas Ashe was shy of before. In addition, using Dianna’s modifications I was able to stretch my very confident Beagle. I have a list of exercise and puzzles to review every so often. I added many of these to the pre active list. Thanks for the great class. Now I’m going to sign up for the Building Endurance class." Carrie A.


Do you find your dog regularly looking to you for help during their searches?

With this course we will outline how you can help your dog rely more on their amazing sense of smell to solve their odor puzzles. This will shift you into a more supportive role, as opposed to doing it for them!


  • Trusting the Dog
  • Reading the Dog v. Leading the Dog
  • Independent Searches
  • What About Patterns?
  • When to Step In v. When to Push
  • Test Your Progress


  • your dog
  • flat or martingale collar
  • back-clip harness (optional)
  • 6'-8' leash
  • 10'-15' long line
  • LOTS of high-value and smelly treats
  • crate or area you can stage your dog in while setting up your searches
  • minimum of 10 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
  • minimum of 10 novel containers (Tupperware containers, purses, bag, etc.)
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots
  • q-tips
  • Birch ("Sweet Birch" aka Betula Lenta)
  • Anise ("Aniseed" aka Pimpinella Anisum)
  • Clove ("Clove Bud" aka Eugenia Caryophylatta)
  • minimum of 10 tins with holes

Owner and Lead Instructor

Dianna L. Santos

Dianna L. Santos grants Scent Work University license to feature her courses, seminars and webinars on our online dog training platform.
All of the content in this online course is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Dianna L. Santos.



Enhanced option allowing for 1 video review and questions answered without the pressure of submitting weekly homework or videos.


- Full access to all course materials.
- Go through the material at your own pace.
- May have 1 video reviewed by instructor.
- Email support from instructor.


Basic access option which grants the greatest level of flexibility. Go through the material at your own pace and add video reviews when needed.


- Self-taught option.
- Full access to all course materials.
- May add video reviews for a fee.
- May add email support for a fee.

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