Combo Odors

In the upper levels of competition, teams may encounter an odor problem where a single hide contains multiple q-tips scented with Birch, Anise and Clove or any combination therein. This is an advanced odor problem which can trip up many teams. This course will provide a variety of exercises to help teams navigate this advanced odor problem.

Course Details

Our motto at SWU is to always train for more than you will see in competition. This way teams are comfortable and prepared, and not over-faced or surprised when they arrive to the trial site. This 6-week course is designed to do just that. Exercises will be designed to maintain drive and enthusiasm with the hunt, while also teaching dogs how to indicate combo odor hides and single odor hides which may be in the same search area.

Meet Your Instructor

Dianna L. Santos

Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor

AKC Scent Work Judge
USCSS Judge and CSD
AKC CGC Evaluator
C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor

Should I Take This Course?

Are you interested in further stretching your dog and promoting their progress? If so, this course is exactly what you are looking for! We will offer a variety of challenging Scent Work searches and odor puzzles for your dog to sort out, all while using combo odor hides.

What You Will Need for This Course

  • 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

Course Outline

  • Introducing Combo Odor Hides

  • Finding Both Single and Combo Odor Hides

  • Avoiding Overwhelming the Dog

  • Variety of Odor Concentrations

  • Converging Odor Problems

  • Importance of Learning Moments

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


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