Reading Your Dog Course
Reading Your Dog Course
Reading Your Dog Course

Reading Your Dog Course

Reading Your Dog Course

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

One of the most important skills for any Scent Work handler to hone is being able to read their dog. Every dog will develop their own personal "tell". In this course we will break down the common signs your dog is in odor, heading toward and finding the hide as opposed to what it looks like when they get distracted, are crittering or investigating "dog odor".

If there was a common request among Scent Work handlers it would be, "I want to know when my dog has found the hide!" In other words, they want to be positive of what their dog is telling them.

Now, every dog is an individual and what one dog does may be entirely different to what another dog does. However, there are some blanket rules we can apply to build to a foundation of understanding of what our dog is "telling" us. We will do just that in this course.

Additionally, we will discuss exercises you can do as a handler to find out those subtle cues your own personal dog gives, when they are in odor, heading to the hide, at source, distracted, crittering, in "dog odor" or about to mark!


What did you enjoy about this course? "Learning terms for things I had noticed in my dog and understanding how to work with them better." Carmel N.


Are you unsure when your dog has truly found a hide?

Learn how to better identify all of your dog's tells throughout the entirety of the search, including when they have found source.

Are you interested in competing or are you already competing?

Being able to properly read your dog is key when trialing in Scent Work! After all, you have no idea where the hides are...or how many there are...or if there are any at all in the upper levels of competition. Learn how to read YOUR dog's tells and utilize these skills at your next trial and beyond.

Are you an instructor?

Garner tips on how to help your clients better read their dogs throughout the entirety of the search.


  • Noticing, Chasing and Finding Odor
  • Cataloging and Triangulating
  • Crittering and Dog Odor
  • Frustration and Signs of Stress
  • Overheating and Exhaustion
  • Analyzing Search Videos


  • 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!)
  • plastic lid container from a yogurt or similar container
  • 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 webinar 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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