AKC Scent Work: Advanced Level Trial Prep Course

AKC Scent Work: Advanced Level Trial Prep Course

Regular price $230.00
  • Student Session: March 4th.
  • AKC Scent Work Program
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Effective Training Technique
  • Recorded & On-Demand
  • Continual Access

You and your dog have earned your AKC Scent Work Novice level title and are ready to embark into Advanced-level classes. Great! Let's ensure you both are ready to succeed.

In this 6-week course, we will walk through how to best prepare you and your dog to succeed an AKC Scent Work Advanced-level trial, concentrating on the Container, Interior and Exterior classes. This will be done by ensuring you both can tackle EXCELLENT-LEVEL searches, so that the Advanced level classes are a breeze.

NOTE: If you are looking for help in the Buried class, we recommend you check out the Working Water Hides course by Natalie McManus.



Are you training in Scent Work right now?

Ensure you and your dog are practicing the skills you will need to be successful in an AKC Scent Work Advanced-level trial.

Are you getting to trial?

Perfect! This course was created with you in mind. Learn how to set yourself and your dog up for success both in and outside the search areas.

Are you a Scent Work instructor?

Learn some tips and tricks of how to best prepare your teams and weave these into your curriculum and training program.


The AKC Scent Work: Advanced Level Trial Prep 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:

  • Purses, Luggage and More
  • Advanced Interior Searches
  • Advanced Exterior Searches
  • Making Trialing Fun
  • Handler Mental Management Skills
  • Mock Trial Set-Ups
  • Putting It All Together


  • your dog
  • collar (flat or martingale)
  • harness (back-clip) (optional)
  • leash (6'-8') long line (10'-15')
  • treats (high-value and smelly)
  • crate or area your dog can wait while you set-up your searches boxes
  • minimum of 20 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
  • Birch, Anise and Clove scented q-tips and odor vessels
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots

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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