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Online Scent Work Classes

Session 2 of 2024 is OPEN for registration 

Release Canine Scent Work classes help teach you and your dog about the amazing sport of scent work. In classes, either online or in person, we will work to create clarity and confidence while you both learn to become a strong working team ready to do well in competition.

All classes are listed below. Please select the class you want to register for and choose either to pay online or to pay in person (payment due the first day of class). DETAILS for classes are listed below. Preference is given to continuing students.

All online classes have a weekly "live" lecture on Tuesday evenings on Zoom, which is recorded and available for you to watch up to a year after class finishes. There also is a written lecture with written assignments, sometimes with a video demo or setup help. For video feedback you will need to upload your videos (to youtube, vimeo, or google drive) and share the video within the forums, guidance on how to do this can be found in the forums. I will regularly be reviewing and commenting on your videos to help you improve! It is up to you how much you participate. Some students sit in on Tuesday evenings and do the assignments at home, others submit several videos per week for feedback. Choose your own adventure!

Online Classes (March/April):

Novice Scent

Drive Alone to Source: Working independence in all your skills!

Limited to 50 participants, cost: $130 (6 weeks)​

Online only: Unlimited questions and video feedback.

You will be given a lecture and assignments each week.

​Payment is due by the first day of class to reserve your place in class.

Material presented in class builds on the previous week. Missed classes are not credited forward. 

No refunds, make-up classes, or substitues if you have to miss a week.


Novice Scent - Online Only

Who: You've started competing or have trained to the level that you can, this class is for you! Dogs should be confidently searching birch (or more!) in different environments and have done container and area searches.

What you can expect: We will be working on reading your dog, building more confident alerts, and learning how to handle. Each week your dog will be working on different skill-building puzzles while we get to work on your own skills in handling and reading your dog.  Topics include:

·        Cleaning/creating communication at the odor source

·        Buried Hides (AKC)

·        Expectations & Assumptions

·        Handling

·        Containers

·        Multiple hides (finding UNFOUND odor)

Classes start on February 26th (lecture posted Monday, live lecture Tuesday), and go for 6 consecutive weeks. Please choose only ONE dog to work through this class. I'm happy for you to test it with more than one, but I will be giving feedback and watching videos for only one dog. Thanks! If you have multiple dogs you would like feedback on (changes of behavior mainly for this class), you can sign up once with each dog (2 registrations).

Live online lecture (attendance optional, meeting is recorded): TUESDAY evenings at 6pm AZ Time

(No "In-Person" classes)

Driving ALONE to Source - Online Only

This 6-week class will focus on building and improving your dog's skills in working odor independently. We will work on various types of independent skills, and discuss how our own actions can impact our dog's ability to do their job. This class is suitable for any dog that is currently competing. There will be assignments each week at various levels of experience, you pick your level of difficulty!

This class focuses on building confidence and drive in your dog to lead you through the search (when odor is or isn't present, and through pooling odor), source without "your help" and be able to indicate source, regardless if they can see you! If you have started competing and have been struggling with your dog checking in too much or moving away from you, this is definitely a class for you! 

Payment either through Paypal on the website, or you can arrange to get me a check/cash/zelle. Please contact me directly if you would like to pay outside of the website. Once payment is received, you will be added to the class.

Each week you will learn a different element about independent skills.

Topics include:
•    Independent Hunting/Searching - this is in the absence of odor! Upper-level dogs can expect to work on this skill in blank searches as well as large empty areas within a search

•    Independent Sourcing - can your dog work to source, regardless of where you are and what you are doing? 

  • Drive to source - building your dog's desire to source a hide, even when objects are in the way (layering!) 

  • Sourcing without your support - proofing games. 

  • Upper-level dogs can expect to do this game with more difficult types of hides, including elevated, deep, inaccessible, threshold, and converging

•    Independent Indication - Alert behaviors at any distance, even when you are out of sight!

  • Alert behaviors are often unique to each dog, we aren't removing this element, just making YOUR dog's indication stronger. 

  • Building your dog's confidence to indicate, even they can't see you!

This repeat class will be a fun change of pace from typical skill building! It's goal is to create a stronger dog in searching (odor obedience!), and make them much less reliant on your own actions or decisions. Feedback from this class was fantastic! Rerunning by request.

Live online lecture (attendance optional, meeting is recorded): Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm

(No "In-Person" classes)

Beginning Competition (In Person)

This class is designed for teams that have just started competing, competing for a little while, or have trained to the level that can start! Dogs should be confidently searching birch (or more) in various environments and have done container and area searches. I have teams in this class that range from starting Novice/ORT to Competing in advanced AKC, NW2, and just starting in Excellent AKC.

In-Person classes:

Wednesday 10:30am - FULL

Thursday 6pm - FULL

Classes start on March 6th, and go for 5 consecutive weeks.

Competitive Push (In Person)

This class is designed for teams that are working with an unknown number of hides and focusing on scent puzzles and handling required to succeed in AKC Master/Detective or NACSW NW3/Elite.

In-Person classes:

Wednesday 8am, 9:10am, 6pm, 7:10pm

Thursday 8am, 9:10am, 10:30am, 7:10pm

Classes start on March 6th, and go for 5 consecutive weeks.

Thursday classes miss March 14th (4 weeks only).

Private 1-on-1 Services

1-week of unlimited Private Coaching OR One-hour private online zoom session ($50)

  • Any Topic​

  • Exchanged videos through any platform that works for you (youtube videos, Gdrive, private Facebook group)

  • Build a training plan specialized for YOUR team. 

    • We will create an action list (checklists!) of things you can work on to improve your weaknesses​

    • I will have different setups and exercises that you can do to target these skills

Zoom 1-on-1 room available to discuss or do live feedback (used for the 1-hour option). (contact me to arrange meeting time, the schedule in online booking is not updated with all my schedule)

1-week coaching: You have one week to work on assignments, we will go back and forth throughout the week to target specific skills. We will need a platform to share videos, this can be a facebook group, messenger, youtube playlist & email, or anything else that works for you! Videos are too large to email back and forth, so we will need some sort of platform to share them.

In-Person Private Lessons - ($65 - 1 hour)

  • Please contact me for availability - Currently booking at least 1 month out.

  • The location could be my home or a nearby park or space, depending on my schedule and topics needed to be worked.

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