AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course
AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course
AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course

AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course

AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course

Regular price $160.00
  • AKC Scent Work Program
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Effective Training Technique
  • Recorded & On-Demand
  • Continual Access

You and your dog are climbing the levels of AKC Scent Work, having earned your Advanced-level title, and now you are ready to tackle Excellent. There are some hefty challenges in this level! Let's ensure you and your pup are ready.

In this 6-week course, we will walk through the skills you, your dog and your team will need to succeed in an AKC Excellent-level trial. The course will concentrate on the Container, Interior and Exterior classes. We will ensure you both can tackle MASTER-LEVEL searches, so that the Excellent level classes are a breeze.

NOTE: If you are looking for help with the Buried class, we strongly recommend that you take Natalie McManus' Working Water Hides course.


"I appreciate the clarity of the lessons. I usually watch the video a couple of times then use the handout to guide my set up for hides. Also, Dianna’s constant reminders to celebrate all hides is needed. It’s too easy to just go on to the next hide without a 30 second celebration. I started timing the celebrations. Very well crafted course! Thank you!" Carrie A.


Have you earned your Advanced-level title?

Firstly, congratulations! You should be quite proud of yourself, your dog and your team! Now is a perfect time to put a plan together to prepare to succeed in an Excellent AKC Scent Work trial.

Are you getting to trial?

Perfect! This course was created with you in mind. Learn how to set yourself and your dog up for success both in and outside the search areas.

Are you a Scent Work instructor?

Learn some tips and tricks of how to best prepare your teams and weave these into your curriculum and training program.


The AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course is designed to provide the same exact learning experience we provided to our in-person group dog training classes in a virtual format. Same great quality with more flexibility and convenience!

Here is a quick breakdown of the types of topics that will be covered each week:

  • Loving Birch, Anise and Clove
  • Multi-Hide Searches
  • Tackling Larger Search Areas
  • Distractors Galore
  • Inaccessible Hides
  • Improving Your Teamwork
  • Mock Trial Setups
  • Putting It All Together


  • your dog
  • collar (flat or martingale)
  • harness (back-clip) (optional)
  • leash (6'-8') long line (10'-15')
  • treats (high-value and smelly)
  • crate or area your dog can wait while you set-up your searches boxes
  • minimum of 20 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
  • Birch, Anise and Clove scented q-tips and odor vessels
  • Distractors (non-food, food, auditory and visual)
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots

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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