Building Distance in Scent Work

To be as effective as possible when hunting, our dogs will oftentimes need to work away from us. Yet, being able to work a distance away from the handler may be a challenging skill for some dogs. In this course, we will help your dog develop the comfort and confidence to work away from you!

Course Details

Odor is incredibly complex and our dogs need as much space as possible to work out these odor puzzles. Granting them this extra space will accomdate sudden changes in direction and speed our dogs may do while searching. However, these types of movement will not be as easy when we are right next to, or wost still on top of, our dogs.

Some Scent Work competition organizations have recognized the value of having a dog work away from the handler. As such, they offer specific classes that focus on this one skill!

In this course, we will outline fun and engaging exercises designed to help our dog increase the distance in which they can confidently work away from us.

Meet Your Instructor

Dianna L. Santos

Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor

AKC Scent Work Judge
USCSS Judge and CSD
AKC CGC Evaluator
C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor

Should I Take This Course?

Does your dog currently need to work very closely to you? We will outline a variety of fun and engaging exercises for you to try that will help build yoru dog's overall confidence, that will benefit them in every aspect of their lives!

Are you interested in competing in Scent Work? There are a number of trialing organizations which offer specific classes devoting on testing your dog's ability to work away from you. With this course, you and your dog will be ready!


Ideally, your dog is familiar with hunting for at least 1 novel target odor (Birch, Anise and/or Clove).

However, dogs who are hunting for primary alone are also welcome!

What You Will Need for This Course

  • 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 10 novel containers (Tupperware containers, purses, 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 10 tins with holes

Course Outline

  • Baseline Assessments

  • Building Distance While Maintaining Criterria

  • Is There Such a Thing as Too Far?

  • Test Your Progress

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