Teaching Scent Work


Teaching Scent Work

  • Online seminar you may access at any time

    • Continual access. NO cut-off dates or deadlines

  • Combination of narration, video examples and handouts for a complete learning experience

  • Will occasionally offer 1.5 hour live Q&A sessions

    • May order this if purchased the seminar


Dianna L. Santos

Lori Timberlake


Designed to help newer and experienced instructors alike, this seminar will outline how best to help your human and canine clients succeed and reach their training goals, regardless of what your training methodology is.








NOTE: Seminar content will be released on August 8th.

Scent Work continues to explode in popularity around the globe. More and more instructors and trainers are deciding to take the plunge, offering Scent Work training services for their clients.

However, Scent Work as an activity offers unique aspects from other types of dog training or dog sports. Working with odor alone and designing effective search areas can throw many instructors and trainers for a loop. Even experienced professionals may find themselves in a rut, struggling to continually find new ways to help their dog and handler teams further progress or stay engaged in the game as time goes by.

Therefore, this seminar is designed to help newer and experienced instructors and trainers alike. Topics discussed will help regardless of the preferred training methodology or school of thought.

The promotion of more dogs and handlers playing the sniffing game, whether they are interested in formal competition or not, is a GOOD thing! An important part of this equation are the instructors and trainers who are working with these teams. Thus, see how you can develop your own training program, or improve what you are currently offering, with this seminar!

Our seminars are designed to closely mimic in-person intensive learning experiences without the need to travel, take time off of work or get a dog or babysitter! Enjoy all the learning without any of the hassle.


We will be partnering with our team of instructors to offer add-on modules to this Teaching Scent Work Seminar. These modules will take a deeper dive into a specific element of teaching Scent Work. You may pick and choose which modules you think will best serve yourself and your dog training program.

Teaching Mixed-Level Classes Seminar Module Add-On

with Michael McManus and Natalie McManus

For many years, Michael and Natalie McManus, CNWIs, taught nose work classes in the standard categories by experience level. Over 5 years ago, they switched to mixed-level classes and have seen many benefits, for beginners, advanced students, and themselves.

They will discuss pros and cons, discuss levels vs topics, show examples from classes, and get into the details of when and how to customize exercises for different teams.

NOTE: The material from this add-on module will be available after August 8th. 

Pre-order your access to this add-on module here.


8 hours


Benefits of Offering Scent Work

Finding and Identifying Your Potential Clients

Understanding How Odor Works

Ways to Keep Everything Safe

Assessing Canine Clients

  • Understanding Canine Body Behavior

  • Understanding Hunt Behavior

  • How Scent Work Ties into the Hunting Sequence

Assessing Human Clients

  • Understanding Human Body Behavior

  • Learning Styles and Reaching Your Students

  • Injecting Stress Thoughtfully

Logistics for Classes, Private Sessions and Sniff N' Go's

Building Dog-Specific Skills

  • Truly Understanding the Game

  • Independence, Confidence and Problem-Solving

Building Handler-Specific Skills

  • Reading the Dog, Decision Making, Leash Handling

Trial Prep Dog-Specific Skills

  • Develop Totality of Skills Inside and Outside Context of Scent Work

Trial Prep Handler-Specific Skills

  • Develop Proper Mental Management and Goal Setting

Ensuring Proper Progression for the Dog, Handler and Team

  • Single-Level Classes

  • Mixed-Level Classes

  • Mock Trials and Sniff N' Go's

Building Baby Trainers

Trial Coaching

Suggestions for Common Problems, Issues and Pitfalls

Ways to Better Help Your Students


Are you interested in adding Scent Work classes or services to your dog training business? This seminar will offer a comprehensive view of what you should consider when designing your program, how to best ensure you are helping your human and canine clients and common pitfalls to avoid. 

Are you currently teaching Scent Work, either in group classes, private sessions or Sniff N' Go's? See how you can further build and improve your program to meet the needs of all your human and canine clients.

Dianna L. Santos


Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor

Short Bio:

The President of Online Dog Training, Inc. and Cyber Scent Work, Inc., Dianna is the Owner and Lead Instructor for Scent Work University. She is passionate about Scent Work and loves the benefits it awards dogs and handlers alike.

Lori Timberlake


Lori Timberlake

NACSW Program Instructor

Short Bio:

The owner of Do Over Dog Training, Lori is an approved trial and official for several Scent Work competition organizations, hosts many trials and events every year and is an accomplished competitor in her own right!

We're Privileged to Share This Seminar With You!

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 offering is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Dianna L. Santos.