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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.

Spring/Summer 2021 Class start the week of May 3rd and go to the week of June 7th. All classes will have an online equivalent class that will be held in the Release Canine Forums. A live lecture (open for in-person or online students) will be held on Tuesday evenings (see below for time). The live lecture is recorded and will be accessible through the forums at any time for students in that class. ** NOT all in-person classes will be a full 6 weeks. Please note the dates below and corresponding prices. 

Online students will be able to post videos in the forums for my review and feedback. Videos do need to be uploaded to an external source (like unlisted Youtube), guidance on how to do this can be found in the forums.

In-person: Maximum 5 people, must be masked at all times outside of your vehicle, cost: $145* (6 weeks)

  • Preference given to continuing students

  • Students also have access to online class materials and discussions

  • No refunds or make-up classes if you have to miss a class; classes are full and likely there is no room to come to another time slot.

  • If you have more than one dog and would like to have a class for both, you can either alternate your dogs with the exercises OR if class does not fill, we can discuss a 2nd dog in class. 


Online: Unlimited number of people, cost: $130 (6 weeks)

  • Students have access to online class materials and discussions

  • Unlimited questions and video feedback. You will be given a lecture and assignments each week.

  • No refunds or make-up classes if you have to miss a class.

Payment is due by first day of class and reserves your place in class. Material presented in class builds on the previous week. Missed classes are not credited forward. If a class has to be canceled due to environmental conditions or emergencies, a make-up class will be available.

CLASSES

Introduction to Scent Work

Who: This class is for new teams that want to learn about the fun game of scent work. You will have the most success if you know how to motivate your dog (food or toy). No prior obedience training required. Suitable for dogs of all ages. Puppies must have all shots and have a working relationship with the human that will be training them.

What you can expect: Your dog will learn to recognize birch essential oil, communicate its presence to you, and start working simple search areas. Through this class, your dog will learn to hunt independently and confidently. 

When: Online Live Lecture Tuesday at 5:15-5:45 pm (UNLIMITED #)

IN-PERSON: FULL

  • Wednesdays 5:15pm (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th

Lectures posted: May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, June 7th

Novice/Advanced (NW1) Level Class

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 various 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.  

When: Online Live Lecture Tuesday at 6:00-6:45 pm

IN-PERSON times/days:

  • FULL Wednesday 7:45am (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th

  • FULL Wednesday 6:30pm (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th

  • FULL Thursday 8:50am (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 13th, (skipped week),27th, June 3rd, 10th

    • 5 weeks on Thursday - You can choose to do the missing class online ($135 cost) or just skip this week ($120, no access to online material for this week).

  • FULL Thursday 6:30pm (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 13th, (skipped week), 27th, June 3rd, 10th

    • 5 weeks on Thursday - You can choose to do the missing class online ($135 cost) or just skip this week ($120, no access to online material for this week).

Lectures posted: May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, June 7th

Excellent/Master (NW2/NW3) Level Class

Who: You and your dog have been competing and you're starting to move up in levels. It's time to work on building your teamwork and building confidence in calling finish and reading blank rooms. Good for teams that are moving into Excellent (or training that level) or already at the Master level.

What you can expect: You can expect to work on creating confident alerts, clear handling, and proofing past "dumb handler". Your dog will continue to gain experience in various different scent puzzles, while you learn how to use your pressure and leash handling to your advantage. We will be talking about reading your dog and understanding what they are doing during the search.

When: Online Live Lecture Tuesday at 7:00-7:45 pm

IN-PERSON times/days:

  • Tuesday 7:45am (Southern & SR202 - LAVEEN) - May 4th, 11th, 18th, 26th, June 1st, 8th

  • FULL Wednesday 8:50am (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th

  • 1 Spot Wednesday 7:40pm (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th

  • 1 Spot Thursday 7:45am (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 13th, (skipped week),27th, June 3rd, 10th

    • 5 weeks on Thursday - You can choose to do the missing class online ($135 cost) or just skip this week ($120, no access to online material for this week).

  • FULL Thursday 7:15pm (SCOTTSDALE) - May 5th, 13th, (skipped week), 27th, June 3rd, 10th

    • 5 weeks on Thursday - You can choose to do the missing class online ($135 cost) or just skip this week ($120, no access to online material for this week).

Lectures posted: May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, June 7th

ALL IN PERSON CLASSES - COVID PRECAUTIONS

  • All people must wear a mask anytime they are outside of their vehicle.

  • Remain a minimum of 6 feet from others in the class. Even if you interact with these people outside of class.

  • Please do not touch anything or anyone else's dog. 

  • The class will have much less discussion, more time on individual search time. This is why you will have access to the live lecture (Tuesday evenings) and posted a written lecture (Mondays).

I have decided on these guidelines to minimize risk of transmission of COVID for myself and all in-person students. If you are unable to do your part in this, I will ask for you to leave class. Please be prepared for these guidelines if you choose to sign up for in-person class.

 

Private 1-on-1 Services

  • 1-week of unlimited Private Coaching ($50)

    • Any Topic​

    • Through small assignments/setups, we will work through any training problem you might be having.

    • Exchanged video through any platform that works for you

    • Zoom 1-on-1 room if needed to discuss or do live feedback.

  • Trial Videos - Video review ($25 - 1 hour usually)

    • 2 videos from any trial​

    • We will go frame by frame to identify areas to improve for your dog or for you!

    • Develop a training plan to address these issues

    • Zoom 1-on-1 room used.

  • Private Lessons - ($65 - 1 hour)

    • Please contact me for availability​