Introducing Cypress

In addition to Birch, Anise and Clove, dogs must be able to locate and hunt for Cypress in AKC Scent Work trials. In this course, we will cover how you should introduce this new odor to your dog and incorporate it into your training. We will also discuss rules specific to AKC, and steps you should take to set your dog up to succeed.

Course Details

Once your dog has mastered locating Birch, Anise and Clove in all four of the elements, you are ready to have them find Cypress. We will cover how you may properly introduce this new odor to your dog, getting them accustomed to the concentration levels used in AKC Scent Work as well as discuss how to get them ready for the Master-level of competition!

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 competing in the upper levels of AKC Scetn Work? If so, you and your dog must be familiar in searching for Cypress in all the offered odor classes. We will discuss how you and your dog can prepare for the upper levels of competition in this course.

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 5 novel containers (e.g. Tupperware containers, purse, 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)

  • Cypress (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

  • minimum of 6 tins with holes

Course Outline

  • Adding Cypress to Your Search

  • Container Searches with Cypress

  • Interior Searches with Cypress

  • Exterior Searches with Cypress

  • Endurance Searches with All Four Odors

  • Prepping for Master-Level Searches

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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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