Only Odor Proofing Course

Once our dogs understand the concept of the Scent Work game and they have their foundation skills cemented, our next step is to ensure the dog is only interested in odor. This means setting up proofing exercises that are designed to stretch the dog without setting them up to fail or posing trick questions to them. We will do just that in this 6-week course.

Course Details

Especially when we are interested in competition, we need our dog to ignore or quickly work through potential distractions. These can be planned parts of the search areas, or outside distractions that no one planned for! 

In this course, we will be covering some fun ways we can design engaging games that proof our dog's ability to stay focused on the task at-hand, without setting them up to fail, diminishing their drive or enthusiasm for the game or posing trick questions to them. Fun will be had!

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?

Have you been struggling with distractors up to this point? This course will help you design customized training solutions to help you and your dog.

Are you interested in competing in Scent Work trials? As you go up the levels you and your dog will encounter both planned, and unplanned, distractors. Taking this course will help you both be better prepared.


Dog must be solid on at least Birch and Anise.

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

  • Types of Distractors

  • Proofing v. Trick Questions

  • Odor Is Better!

  • Non-Food Distractors

  • Audio and Visual Distractors

  • People as Distractors

  • Keeping It Fun

We're Privileged to Share This Course With You!

Scent Work University is fortunate to have Dianna grant us license to feature her courses, seminars and webinars on our online dog training platform. All of the content in this course is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Dianna L. Santos.


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