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Online Scent Work Classes

Session 4 of 2024 open for registration
Registration closed on June 4th

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 (June/July):

4-week class: Introduction to Scent (COMPRESSED version) $130

and

3-week class: CAN'T REACH!: Inaccessible Hides $65

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. No substitues if you have to miss a week.

CLASSES

Introduction to Scent - COMPRESSED VERSION - 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.

This class is a compressed version compared to my usual 6-week class. It will be given in 4 weeks and will contain all the material from the usual 6 weeks. I recommend that this class be taken only with those who are able to commit to the full 4 weeks and can work material each week, there will be no "catch up" time built in. Cost is the same as the 6 weeks because the material is the same and you get even more timely feedback from me :)

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.

 

​Classes start on June 3rd (lecture posted Monday, live lecture Tuesday), and go for 4 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)

Can't Reach: Inaccessible Hides - Online Only

This 3-week class will focus on building skills within the dog to work inaccessible hides that you may see in the AKC Excellent and higher level, or NACSW NW2 or higher levels. The goal is to build understanding and drive in the dog, and confidence in the handler to read and call inaccessible hides.  

This is a unique 3-week class, perfect for early summer! It will cover elevated hides, deep accessible hides, inaccessible due to reach, and inaccessible due to containment. This class for dogs at any level, but preferably ones that have begun to compete and have a solid understanding of accessible hides.

The teams in this class should have a strong understanding that "odor pays" with accessible hides. Handlers will have a minimal role, mainly as observers, but for upper level teams, we will be introducing some proofing. 

Each week we will be touching on the topic of all three of these types of inaccessible hides. As we go through the weeks, you will be working on slightly different set ups to target a different element of these hides. Each week builds on the previous, but you can choose the level that is appropriate for you and your dog.

Each topic will have 3 levels of difficulty. The week’s focus will be to work on a specific skill of that type of hide, but the assignments will differ based on the level of you and your dog. You can choose to work any level (or all) of the assignments, keeping in mind that these skills need to be practiced and worked through experience! I do not expect that a dog can move from Level 1 to Level 3 necessarily all in one week, but it can be a good measure of what to work!

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).

Starts June 3rd, 2024

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

(No "In-Person" classes)

Private 1-on-1 Services

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

  • Any Topic​

  • 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)

In-Person Private Lessons - ($100 - 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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FUTURE CLASS SCHEDULE:
  • July 1st: Novice Scent & Odor Theory 
  • August 26th: Introduction to Odor & Trial Prep
  • October 14th: Novice Scent & ???
  • December 2nd (4 week class): Introduction to Odor COMPRESSED 
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