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NW640: Advanced Handler Discrimination Scent Work Skills

Instructor: Julie Symons

Course Details

Get ready to trial in the new AKC Handler Discrimination Scent Work division starting this fall! This class will cover the advanced skills needed to trial at Advanced, Excellent and Master AKC level Handler Discrimination classes.

We'll refresh our handler scent work from the intro class, jump right into searching for our scented cotton ball/swab in various search elements and end with "back to boxes" for our Novice level skills. By building strong value for finding our scent in non-container searches, we will increase success with the novice box level searches!

The target odor is the handler's scent. In the novice class, a cotton sock or glove is used in containers only. For all other classes your scented cotton ball or swab is placed in interiors, exteriors, containers and/or buried! 

We will split out the behaviors and work our way up to successfully searching our hidden scented item. We will also cover the types of distractions that can be found in the higher level classes.

Come join us in this new and exciting adventure in scent detection where we will take it to the next level!