Online Scent Work Classes

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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.

Fall 2021 Classes start the week of September 27th and go to the week of November 1st. 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 the class does not fill, we can discuss the 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 the 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 Odor

Who: This class is suitable for humans of any skill level, however, teams that have started competing will likely get more out of this class than brand new teams. The exercises can be set at various difficulty levels, allowing any level of scent work team to be able to use the information and excel within their training. 

What you can expect: This class is focused on building handler knowledge about the environment around you and how it affects the airflow and the way odor moves. We will be talking about corners, thresholds, heat/cold, air pressure, natural and artificial sources of airflow, concentration of odor, aging times, and so much more!

When: Online (for online students & in-person)- I have prerecorded lectures that will be uploaded with each week's assignments. I will be online for 30 minutes for puppy (5pm) and adult (5:30pm) on Tuesday evenings to answer questions and go into further explanation if needed. Attendance is not required, but recommended because it helps you keep on track and improving!

Online: COST: $130. Lectures posted on Mondays, Live meets on Tuesday evenings.

IN-Person class:

PUPPY Tuesday 9:15am (LAVEEN) - 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 - 

COST: $150 (OR drop in for $5 a class if signed up for online)

** Puppy is between 14 weeks and up to 8 months old.

** If your puppy has not had full set of immunizations, please plan to bring a large blanket and Xpen or leash to keep them on your "safe zone".

2 In-Person spots open! Please contact me if you would like to join this class.

ADULT Wednesday 10:20am (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 - $150

1 spot open - Please contact me if you would like to join this class.

Lectures posted: August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30rd, September 6th, and 13th.

Novice/Advanced (NW1) Level Class

Who: You've started competing, currently competing in Novice or Advanced, or have trained to this level, this class is for you! Dogs should be confidently searching at least birch 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

Online: COST: $130. Lectures posted on Mondays, Live lectures on Tuesday evenings.

IN-PERSON times/days (Preference 1st given to continuing students):

(Full) Wednesday 8:00am (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 - $145

(1 spot open) Thursday 9:10am (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/30, *no class*, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 (5 weeks) $120

(Full) Thursday 6:00pm (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/30, *no class*, 10/14, *no class*, 10/28, 11/4 (4 weeks) $97

Lectures posted: Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1.

(** those who are in-person on Thursdays and want access to the homework and live lectures for missed weeks, the cost is an extra $15 for each missed week, and you would have access to full video feedback for those weeks). 

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. *Some classes will be directed to higher-level challenges depending on the students in the class (Master/detective). Designated with a star below*

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 6:45-7:30 pm

Online: COST: $130. Lectures posted on Mondays, Live lectures on Tuesday evenings.

IN-PERSON times/days (Preference 1st given to continuing students):

*Tuesday 8:00am (LAVEEN) - 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 - $145

1 In-Person spot open! Please contact me if you would like to join this class.

(Full) Wednesday 9:10am (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 - $145

(Full) (EXCELLENT) Wednesday 6:00pm (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 - $145

(Full) * Wednesday 7:10pm (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 - $145

(Full) *Thursday 8:00am (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/30, *no class*, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 (5 weeks) $120

Lectures posted: Sept 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1.

(** those who are in-person on Thursdays and want access to the homework and live lectures for missed weeks, the cost is an extra $15 for each missed week, and you would have access to full video feedback for those weeks). 

Trial Prep (4 weeks only)

Who: Dogs who are actively competing in advanced and higher levels. The difficulty level of the search set will depend on the level of the students in the class. 

What you can expect: This class will focus on various elements of trialing. This class will focus much more on the handler end of the leash and less searching time. We will talk strategy, timing, stress, and confidence. Each week will have a different topic, and a large search to execute the skills and strategies discussed during the class. The material in this class will not be included in other classes during the week.

Lectures will discuss mental management and other aspects of trial preparation. We will be reviewing student videos during the 30-minute lecture. 

When: Online Live Lecture Tuesday at 7:30pm

Online: COST: $75. Lectures posted on Mondays, Live lectures on Tuesday evenings.

(FULL) IN-PERSON times/days:

Thursday 7:10pm (SCOTTSDALE) - 9/30, *no class*, 10/14, *no class*, 10/28, 11/4 (4 weeks) $100

Lectures posted: Sept 27, 11, 25, Nov 1.

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 ($65) 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)

    • Zoom 1-on-1 room available to discuss or do live feedback (used for the 1 hour option).

    • Build a training plan specialized for YOUR team. 

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

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

    • 1 week coaching: You have one week to work on assignments, we will go back and forth throughout the week to target specific skills. 

  • Private Lessons - ($65 - 1 hour)

    • Please contact me for availability