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
All scent work classes require a minimum of 4 participants and are capped at 6 teams. Release Canine classes run consecutively for 6 weeks unless otherwise noted. Continuing students get the first choice in class selection.
Payment is due by first week of class and reserves your place in class. Material presented in class builds on the previous week, so it's important to plan to attend class. It is your responsibility to attend and missed classes are not credited forward. If a class has to be canceled due to environmental conditions or emergency, a makeup class will be available.
Occasional Drop-In Classes will be made available. Please see below for further information.
If you would like to be notified of upcoming classes or events, please subscribe to the Release Canine emails.
Introduction to Scent Work Classes
(Must be ready to work, dog under control and able to be on a flat buckle collar or harness (or martingale), ok with other dogs and people)
ONLINE - Drop in classes on March 11th, March 19th and April 9th. Optional.
Between age of 3 mo to 10 mo. Class limited to 5. Building drive and fun into scent work foundations.
Not offered this session
(must be proficient on birch, searched in at least 3 different locations)
Monday - 7:15am - Laveen
Tuesday - 6:30pm - Scottsdale
Wednesday - 8am - Scottsdale
Wednesday - 2:20pm - Scottsdale
Friday - 7:45pm - Chandler
(Must be proficient in Birch& Anise, Have successfully searched for hides 2' high, Have competed in at least 1 trial and achieved at least 2 novice AKC Q (or NW1), Have started toy distraction training)
Tuesday - 7:45pm Scottsdale
Wednesday - 9:15am - Scottsdale*
Wednesday - 12pm - Scottsdale
Wednesday - 7:45pm - Scottsdale
Thursday - 8:00am Scottsdale
Thursday - 9:15am - Scottsdale
Friday - 6:30pm in Chandler (This class will likely cover excellent topics)
Excellent & Master Classes (Must be proficient in Birch, Anise & Clove, Have successfully searched for hides 3' high, Have competed in at least 3 trials and achieved at least 1 novice AKC title (or NW1), Have started Food Distraction Training)
Monday - 8:15am - Laveen
Wednesday - 1pm - Scottsdale
Wednesday - 6:30pm - Scottsdale
Friday - 8:00am - Scottsdale
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, visit their facebook page. 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.
No Trials Currently approved for Phoenix Metro area.
Intro to Scent Work Seminars
Would your group like to host a seminar or workshop? Please contact Aleks for more information or if you would like to arrange something for your group!