All About Scent Work Podcast

Ep. 68: Roundtable: Managing Expectations

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Michelle Doram, Jill Marie O'Brien, Jessica Koester and Monica Flores

In this roundtable discussion headed by Michelle Doram, we hear from the three varied experiences on how to manage expectations when competing in Nose Work.

Ep. 67: Understanding Canine Body Behavior

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos

In this episode, we discuss the importance for everyone, but particularly trainers, instructors and trial officials, to have a solid understanding and education regarding canine body behavior to ensure everyone stays safe.

Ep. 66: Spotlight: Dana Zinn and Sue Sternberg Collaborative

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Dana Zinn and Sue Sternberg

In this spotlight episode, we speak with Dana Zinn and Sue Sternberg about their collaborative. Dana and Sue are helping Scent Work teams elevate their training by focusing on the handler, highlighting what we are saying to the dogs during a search and how we may be clearer and more supportive throughout.

Ep. 65: Enough is Enough

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos

In this hard-hitting podcast episode, Dianna encourages the Scent Work community to be better. Stop bashing one another on social media. Stop stealing joy from other. Professional trainers and instructors stop expecting reverence instead of simply sharing their expertise. Enough is enough.

Ep. 64: That Was Too Easy...Or Was It?

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos

In this episode, we discuss the importance of keeping in mind what our goals are when we are training and properly rewarding the dog when they do what we were looking for in the first place. If your dog aced the same search in a trial, you would be THRILLED. Why then are you disappointed in training?

Ep. 63: Instructor Talk - Dealing with Expectations

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Michelle Doram, Michele Ellertson, Michael McManus and Khara Schuetzner

This roundtable discussion is dedicated to all the Scent Work instructors out there. In this episode, we discuss dealing with expectations and how instructors can steal their own joy if they are not careful. 

Ep. 62: Instructor Talk - Cringey Trial Moments

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Michelle Doram, Michele Ellertson, Michael McManus and Khara Schuetzner

In this roundtable episode, we discuss what makes Michelle Doram, Michele Ellertson, Michael McManus and Khara Schuetzner cringe at Scent Work trials. We hope that everyone who competes gives this episode a listen to ensure they are not causing their trial officials to cringe.

Ep. 61: Spotlight - Becky Thomas Growing K9 Nose Work in Australia

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos and Becky Thomas

In our latest Spotlight episode, we have the distinct privilege of speaking with Becky Thomas of The Ultimate K9 in Australia about how she has been helping to grow K9 Nose Work® in Australia.

Ep. 60: Dealing With Failure

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Michael McManus, Khara Schuetzner

In this roundtable discussion, we cover ways instructors can help their students better cope after a "failure" at trial, ways to set better expectations and so much more.

Ep. 59: Responsibilities of Scent Work Instructors

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos

In this podcase episode, we highlight how being an instructor and trainer is indeed an honor and privilege that we need to take very seriously to ensure we ae doing all we can to help our human and canine students learn, grow, progress and succeed.

Ep. 58: Spotlight: Natalie Duberow and Growing Scent Work Worldwide

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Natalie Duberow

In this spotlight episode, we speak with Natalie Duberow, an approved USCSS CSD and Judge and AKC Scent Work Judge, who is quite literally helping to spread the word about Scent Work worldwide! Natalie travels the globe providing workshops for dog handlers, competitors and those interested in becoming trial officials with United States Canine Scent Sports.

Ep. 57: Spotlight: Michele Ellertson and PACE Team Games

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Michele Ellertson

In this spotlight episode, we have the privilege to speak with Michele Ellertson, CNWI, a professional dog trainer, instructor, CO with NACSW and the owner of The Dog's PACE about her PACE Team Games program. This program is a fabulous way to encourage people to support one another while tackling challenging, and FUN, searches. It has been a big hit in the Northeastern US and the Los Angeles-area as well.

Ep. 56: Spotlight: Marcella Winslow, Photographer Extraordinaire

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Marcella Winslow

In this new series, we are highlighting individuals and businesses who are giving back to the Scent Work community. For this episode, we spoke with Marcella Winslow, a professional photographer who has been instrumental in creating memories for countless dog and handler teams throughout the Western United States.

Ep. 55: Are You Rewarding Effectively

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos

As dog trainers and handlers, we use rewards to communicate to our dogs when they have done a good job. But when it comes to Scent Work, this message can be easily muddled and confused depending on the reward placement and timing! In this episode, we discuss the importance of effective reward usage as well as exercises you can try to improve your own timing and mechanical skills.

Ep. 54: New Dog Woes

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Michelle Doram, Michael McManus, Natalie McManus

A challenge many experienced Scent Work handlers will encounter is trying to adjust to a new canine teammate. You, as the handler, have more knowledge and experience, perhaps even reaching high levels of success, but your new dog does not. We discuss this, and more, in this roundtable discussion.

Ep. 53: Helping Instructors Go Virtual

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Geryah Dingle

In this episode, we speak with Geryah Dingle of Dingle Days YouTube channel about her dog training journey, how she got started in Scent Work and the consulting services she offers to help dog training professionals bring their services into the virtual space.

Ep. 52: K9 Nose Work Shelter Program

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Jill Marie O'Brien, Steve DeTata

In this episode, we speak with the Co-Founder of NACSW™ and Founder of the K9 Nose Work® Shelter Program, Jill Marie O'Brien and Steven DeTata, CNWI who is spearheading the growth of the program and spreading the word on social media. This wonderful program pairs up of K9 Nose Work® certified instructors, or those who are going through the certified instructor program, with shelters and rescues to provide much-needed enrichment to shelter dogs.

Ep. 51: My Dog Lies or Does He

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos

It common to hear some handlers proclaim that their dog "lies" when searching...but is this true? Are dogs purposefully deceiving their people? Or could it be that the dog is playing the game they way they thought it was supposed to be played? In other words, is there a fundamental misunderstanding about the sniffy game overall that is causing these mistakes?

Ep. 50: Cyber Scent Work Shelter Dogs

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos

In this short episode, we continue to discuss Cyber Scent Work, Inc. and how it can help resident shelter dogs. This is a feature of Cyber Scent Work, Inc. that we are particularly excited about!

Ep. 49: Cyber Scent Work Something New

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Sean McMurray

In this podcast, we learn about brand new virtual organization meant to bridge the gap between training and trialing in Scent Work: Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

Ep. 48: Rewarding at Trial

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Michelle Doram, Michael McManus, Natalie McManus, Khara Schuetzner

This roundtable discussion is tasked with answering this question: at an AKC Scent Work trial, a dog hits upon a blue "x" showing where a hide used to be - do you reward or not?!