AKC Scent Work: Novice Level Trial Prep Course
AKC Scent Work: Novice Level Trial Prep Course
AKC Scent Work: Novice Level Trial Prep Course

AKC Scent Work: Novice Level Trial Prep Course

AKC Scent Work: Novice Level Trial Prep Course

Regular price $160.00
  • AKC Scent Work Program
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Effective Training Technique
  • Recorded & On-Demand
  • Continual Access

You and your dog are loving playing the game of Scent Work and are interested in trialing. AKC Scent Work catches your eye, and you want to enter...but are you ready?!

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


Dogs should be solid on searching for Birch in Containers, Interiors and Exteriors.

If you are looking to introduce your dog to the concept of hunting for Birch, be certain to check out these courses:



Are you training in Scent Work right now?

If you haven't already, it is possible you will be "bit by the bug" and want to compete. Why not ensure you and your dog are fully ready to succeed at 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: Novice 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:

  • LOVING Container Searches
  • Solidifying Those Interior Searches
  • Focused and Joyful Exterior Searches
  • Buried Searches Without the Headaches
  • Trial Site Dog Skills
  • Trial Site Handler 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 15 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
  • Birch and Anise 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.



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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