Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch Course
Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch Course
Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch Course
Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch Course

Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch Course

Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch Course

Regular price $230.00
  • Student Session: August 12th.
  • Intro to Odor Program
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Effective Training Technique
  • Recorded & On-Demand
  • Continual Access

Has your dog graduated from the Introducing Birch course? Are they ready to take their skills to the next level? Wonderful! This 6-week online course will cover how to introduce your dog to the concept of searching for Birch in exterior and vehicle search areas, both of which can be rather challenging. Gain the skills you need to succeed!


This course will concentrate on how to introduce your dog to the concept of searching exterior and vehicle search areas for Birch.

We will discuss the various considerations which should go into hide placement to ensure your dog can be successful. These include how the environment and wind will affect the odor as well as safety concerns handlers should always be mindful of.

Additionally, we will cover how handlers can both help set their dog up to succeed while still pushing them to further improve and build upon their skills and capabilities.

As with the Introducing Birch course, we will be using pairing to allow the dog to self-reward at source, as source needs to be the most rewarding thing!

By following the K9 Nose Work® training methodology, not only are we giving your dog a strong foundation so they may be successful at a NACSW™ trial, but they will be successful competing with other Scent Work competition organizations as well!


"The feedback was outstanding." Brenda C.


Have you taken the Introduction to Birch course or similar course? Now that your dog has an understanding that Birch is indeed a worthwhile and valuable scent to hunt for, you can now dive into having your dog work two of the trickier search elements: exteriors and vehicles!

Are you interested in competing in Scent Work? f this is the case, then you DEFINITELY want to have an understanding on how you can work an exterior and vehicle search area! Even for those competition organizations that may not offer a formal "vehicle search class", they will oftentimes allow vehicles to be in their exterior search areas!

Are you already competing and noticing some issues? We will be utilizing pairing in this course, focusing on helping the dogs understand how to work these two tricky search elements with proficiency, efficiency and lots of enthusiasm. So, if you are struggling at all, shoring up your foundation skills with these courses can really help!

Are you enrolled in the CNWI program and looking to fulfill the requirements? Enrolling in this course as a Student, and completing the weekly homework and video assignments, will meet the Exteriors and Vehicles requirement!


The Exteriors and Vehicles with Birch 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:

  • Introduction to Exterior Searches with Birch
  • Using Boxes to Expand Your Search
  • Wind, Start Lines and Distractors
  • Introduction to Vehicle Searches with Birch
  • Multiple Hides on a Vehicle
  • Putting it All Together


  • 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 5 novel containers (e.g. Tupperware, purse, bag, etc.)
  • 1-3 vehicles (e.g. car, SUV, truck, tractor, riding lawnmower, etc)
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots
  • q-tips
  • Birch (“Sweet Birch” aka Betula Lenta)
  • minimum of 3 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.



An intensive learning experience, you will submit weekly homework and video assignments to the instructor to review and provide feedback on.


- Full access to all course materials.
- Access to Student Facebook Group.
- Submit homework and videos.
- Detailed review from instructor.


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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