Dog Training Philosophy

Trust your dog.

Your dog's actions speak loudly if you take the time to listen and understand what they are trying to tell you. 


By listening and using your dog's actions to guide how to train, it is possible to create the right environments for optimum learning and utmost joy.


My primary goal in training is to ensure the dog is having fun learning what we are trying to teach it - whether that be how to sniff out birch odor, how to balance on a curb, or how to cope with arousing environments. 


Scent Work Classes

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.


All in-person scent work classes will have an accompanying online class. Release Canine classes run consecutively for 6 weeks unless otherwise noted. Continuing students get the first choice in class selection.

Scent Work Classes for Fall 2020: 

  • In-person: Maximum 4 people, must be masked at all times outside of your vehicle, cost: $145

    • Students also have access to online class materials and discussions

  • Online: Unlimited number of people, cost: $130

    • Online students will have the option to sign up for a drop-in time slot ($5 a slot) where they can come work the puzzles as set for class that week. The schedule drop-in slots depend on my availability; they will be Thursdays, Fridays, and some Saturdays.​

Payment is due by first week 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 makeup class will be available.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming classes or events, please subscribe to the Release Canine emails.

Scent Work Trials

AKC Scent Work is growing! Aleks has been helping get trials started in the valley and is helping clubs learn how to hold well-run and efficient trials. Arizona is currently working on building their own Scent Work Club to help in this endeavor! If you are interested in joining this group, fill out the membership form and send in your membership. A list of trials in the Phoenix Area are listed below,  will make an effort to post the PDF of the premiums associated with each trial when they are available.


AKC trials scheduled for Phoenix Valley:

Superstition Kennel Club - December 12 & 13, 2020 - Shoppers Supply, Chandler 
I am not involved in this one, a premium should be available on AKC's website and SKC's Scent Work Facebook page when it is posted :)
Jumping Chollas Agility Club - February 13 & 14, 2021 - Phoenix Children's Hospital Conference Center* 
Premium will be posted here when it is available.

NACSW scheduled:

ORT in early winter (date not yet determined)
NW1/NW3 January 16/17, 2021

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