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Online Scent Work Classes

Session 6 Open for Registration!
Session 6 will start September 25th, 2023

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. 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:

Novice Scent (dogs are on odor already, designed to follow "Intro to Scent" )

Odor Theory for Hide Placement (All Levels, learning is focused on the HANDLER end of the leash)

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 or make-up classes if you have to miss a week.


​Introduction to Scent - Online Only

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 is required. Suitable for dogs of all ages.

Your dog will learn to recognize birch essential oil, communicate its presence to you, and start working on simple search areas. Through this class, your dog will learn to hunt independently and confidently. You will learn about scent work competitions and what is expected from your dog to be ready to start competing. We will use a marking system to create clear understanding of how to earn a reward and to create value on odor.

Live online lecture (attendance optional, meeting is recorded): Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm

(No "In-Person" classes)

Trial Prep - Online Only

This class is suitable for any team that is actively competing, especially those in higher levels. 

This class will focus on various elements of trialing. This class will focus much more on the handler end of the leash and how to be the best handler for your dog on trial day. 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. This class will be an opportunity to review your own trial experiences through trial video review (learn how to do this yourself!) and how to apply learned lessons to the future. This is the same class that ran last fall. I will be sharing my own experiences and learning moments, as well as good strategies and techniques to help you achieve your own potential on the trial day!

  • How to have a plan, but still let the dog lead

  • How to review virtual briefings for successful searches

  • Using your own trial videos to develop a training plan.

  • Themes for the weeks: Purpose, Prepared, Present, Perspective, Pliable, and Post Trial

Online class will be Tuesday evenings at 7pm (AZ TIME) - This is recorded and can be viewed at any time. Each week will have an assignment for you to complete!

Beginning Competition (In Person) **FULL**

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 different environments and have done container and area searches. I have teams in this class that range from 16 weeks of classes to Competing in advanced AKC, NW2, and just starting in Excellent AKC. Topics include:

·        Clearing areas (blank areas within a search)

·        Presentations (how to get your dog to search something/somewhere)

·        Inaccessible hides (intro to them and maintaining drive to source)

·        Alerts & Cleaning up communication at source

·        Handling (TBD topic)

Games! Enjoying this awesome sport!

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. Topics include:

·        Blank Areas and Blank Searches

·        Presentations (how to get your dog to search something/somewhere without false alerts)

·        How to read dog at source for inaccessible hides

·        Video Review - breaking down your videos to find training goals

·        Handling (TBD topic)

Games! Enjoying this awesome sport!

Classes have been increased to 6/class. As a result I have a few openings:

  • Wednesday 6:30pm (1 spot)

  • Thursday 7:40pm (1 spot)


This session is 5 weeks for Wednesday classes (no class on 11/1; $125) and 6 weeks on Thursdays ($145). Starts September 27/28th. Please contact me if you would like to join one of these classes.


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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