Online Scent Work Classes

Registration OPEN

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.

The summer session will be only online. 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! 

Online classes:

Introduction to Scent Work, Skills and Drills (all levels), The Competitive Push, Trial Video Review

Online Classes: 30 participants, cost: $130 (6 weeks)​*

Classes Open May 25th at noon AZ Time, Registration links will be at the bottom of this page.

Summer Classes Start June 6th and go until July 17th.


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 week.

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. 

* Trial video review class is run slightly differently and is only $50 for 6 weeks.


Introduction to Scent Work

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.

What to 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. 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.

Class details: 

OFFICE HOURS: All students have access to "Live Lecture" on Tuesday from 5:30-5:55 pm. These hours are virtual and done through a zoom call. You can ask to have a video reviewed, ask questions, or just listen in. They will be recorded. 

LECTURES: You will have a written lecture with video assignment examples each week. These lectures are detailed and written for you to understand not just what to do, but why we are doing it.

FORUMS: All students have access to an online forum (on this website) where you can post your video links (uploaded to youtube, Vimeo, or a google drive) and have your work reviewed. The forums are just for the class and you can use them as much as you'd like! The video review is an amazing way to learn since it can help you understand smaller details and moments than you would otherwise see. It also helps me catch issues as you go along to make sure we are tailoring the course for YOUR dog. Not all teams are the same! You have the ability to post in the forums up until the end of week 6, after that you won't get any feedback, but you do have access to them for a full year to go back and reference.

Want to enter?! Scroll down and select the class :) Looking forward to having you part of the class!

Skills & Drills (All Levels)

Dogs must already be working odor. Class assignments will be broken down by level, allowing you to work on the difficulty level that is appropriate for your team. The concepts we talk about each week will touch on everything from foundation to upper-level skills.  These drills are something you can do at home, or apply away from home to help generalize the concepts.

You can expect to work on skills needed to do well in competition, but also to reinforce your dog's understanding of different types of hides. We also will be doing a week on "alerts" to help solidify their understanding of how to alert on various different types of hides, as well as where NOT to alert (false alerts). We will touch on containers, interiors, exteriors, and various odor puzzles.

Live Lecture: Tuesdays at 6pm-7pm on Zoom. Recorded and available to view up to one year. Link will be posted within the forums each week.

Forums: You will have a forum specifically for this class. Each week will have a different topic and your assignments will be posted within that week's post. Please post your own videos within this post for review. Forums will be available for you to review up to one year.

The Competitive Push

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 Elite/Summit. 

You can expect to learn more about reading your dog, clean up your handling, and create independent problem-solving of complex odor problems for your dog. We will review some trial videos. We also will be talking about mental management, a major component of being successful in competition. How to manage a "NO", keep focused after a difficult search, and prime yourself for setting achievable goals.

Live Lecture: Tuesdays at 7-8pm on Zoom. Recorded and available to view up to one year. Link will be posted within the forums each week.

Forums: You will have a forum specific for this class. Each week will have a different topic and your assignments will be posted within that week's post. Please post your own videos within this post for review. Forums will be available for you to review up to one year.

Trial Video Review (requires minimum of 8 students)

This is an opportunity for anyone to submit and request that their video is reviewed. This class is for any level of handler.

You can expect: We will look at handling, dog's changes of behavior, false alerts (and maybe why they happened), search area analysis, etc. If there aren't enough student videos, I have my own trial videos I'm happy to share and pick apart!

Time: WEDNESDAY 6pm-7pm (AZ time) - Zoom link will be sent to all students.

Cost is $50 for the 6 weeks of video review online sessions. Students can submit up to 3 videos for review over the 6-week session (if we have time, I can accept more). I anticipate being able to do 3-5 videos a week.

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

  • The location could be my home or a nearby park or space.