Introducing Birch Course
Introducing Birch Course
Introducing Birch Course
Introducing Birch Course

Introducing Birch Course

Introducing 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

In this 6-week online course, your dog will learn to find a new novel odor: Birch. Teams will be concentrating on searching interior and container search areas. Handlers will also learn the importance of reward placement and timing, as well as how they can further support their canine partner, all while following the K9 Nose Work® methodology. Get ready to take your searching to the next level!


Have you graduated the Introduction to Scent Work course, or similar, and are ready to introduce your dog to concept of searching for Birch? Great!

In this 6-week online course, we will discuss how odor works differently from food, how to prepare and set your hides and to ensure your dog still loves the game.

We will be relying heavily on an approach called pairing, where we will be placing a treat directly with the hide. This will ensure the dog understands exactly what the rewardable behavior is: finding the hide!

Utilizing the K9 Nose Work® training methodology will not only ensure your dog has the preparation necessary to succeed in NACSW™ trials, but in any Scent Work competition organization.


"Oodles of clearly delivered relevant information with lots of ideas of how to create a search for MY dog. I love the fact the each lesson has clearly defined goal as to the purpose of the search and really makes you think about how to lay a search for my dog. Best of all, the focus is on our dogs being successful and enjoying the game. My dog is happy, I am happy. Thank you." Clare P.

"The focus on the basics to build success and how to allow your dog to learn and be successful.  This is a very good course that I would highly recommend after taking the scent work basics course." - Cliff E.

"I liked everything about this course. I found the videos very helpful in the set up of the search." Lynn S.

"It's informative, detailed, easy to follow and challenging." - Leann S.

"I enjoyed the methodical progression--emphasis on incremental increases in difficulty, starting and ending each week's training sessions with a straightforward easy search. Building dog's confidence and enthusiasm throughout--loved it." Gail B.


Have you taken the Introduction to Scent Work course or a similar course? Now that your dog has an understanding of what the Scent Work game is all about, we can introduce them to the concept of hunting for novel target odors.

Are you interested in competing in Scent Work trials? Birch is one of the most common novel target odors used in Scent Work competition organizations. By taking this course, your dog will have a solid understanding that Birch is indeed valuable and worth hunting for!

Are you already competing and noticing issues (lack of enthusiasm, holes in your foundation training, etc)? It is always beneficial to go and shore up your foundation if you beginning to notice issues when training or trialing. We will do just that in this course!

Are you enrolled in the CNWI Program? Enrolling in this course as a Student and completing the weekly homework and video assignments will fulfill the Introducing Birch requirement!


The Introduction to 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:

  • Proper Introduction to Birch
  • Using Boxes to Build Drive
  • Broadening the Search with Birch
  • Interior Searches with Birch
  • Honing Your Handling Skills
  • 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.)
  • 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 webinar 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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