My 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.
Canine Scent Work
Canine scent work is a relatively new sport that is modeled off of professional canine detection work. Dogs work to find the source of a specific essential oil that has been hidden from view by a judge.
This sport is unique in that your dog is the leader! This independent activity, when built up with solid foundations, can change even the meekest dog into a confident sniffer! The relationship that you can create through training scent work is a working relationship that can be transferred into "normal" life and through any other dog sports.
I'm always amazed at how sensitive our dogs are to odor, our influence, and the environment. Through training, I can help you start to observe how amazing your dog's nose really can be!
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 ready to do well in competition.
In-person classes are currently on hold, but will be resuming in late winter / early spring.
Scent Work Classes for Winter 2021:
Online: Unlimited number of people, cost: $70
Held in the Release Canine Student Forums.
Weekly written assignments and lessons will be posted on Mondays. Live lecture (zoom, attendance not required, recorded) will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm.
Missed classes are not credited forward or refunded.
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.