Combo Odors Course
Combo Odors Course
Combo Odors Course

Combo Odors Course

Combo Odors Course

Regular price $160.00
  • Intro to Odor Program
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Effective Training Technique
  • Recorded & On-Demand
  • Continual Access

Now that your dog has an understanding of what Birch, Anise and Clove are individually, it is time to show them the concept of combo odor hides. Otherwise known as "cocktail hides", this is when a single odor vessel will contain a multitude of scented cotton swabs of any combination, be it 1 Birch, 1 Anise and 1 Clove, or any combo therein.

In this 6-week course, we will outline how you may introduce this concept to your dog and have them work out these interesting odor puzzles in all four search elements (Interior, Exterior, Vehicle and Container). Furthermore, we will ensure your dog still understands the singular target odors are indeed valuable and worth hunting for!

We will stretch the dog with challenging exercises and reinforce their joy with fun and engaging exercise as well. Additionally, you will be prompted to design your own searches, pulling upon your skills as a handler and "baby trainer" in your own right to customize and individualize all the exercises. In short, fun will be had!


Are you interested in competing?

Some competition organizations provide for combo hide placements, particularly in the upper levels of competition. Therefore, you will want your dog to be familiar with this concept.

Are you looking for ways to further develop your dog's skills when it comes to hunting for a target odor?

Really stretching their understanding, as far as combo odors and how they AND the individual odors are still valuable, is a wonderful approach to take.


  • Introducing Combo Odors
  • Advanced Searches: Interiors and Containers
  • Advanced Searches: Exteriors and Vehicles
  • Ensuring Individual Odors Hold Value
  • Blank, Inaccessible, Suspended and Converging Odors
  • Putting It All Together


  • 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)
  • minimum of 6 tins with holes

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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