All About Scent Work Podcast

Ep. 21: Rehab a Dog with Scent Work

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this podcast episode, Dianna discusses how she used Scent Work to rehab her own personal dog and the importance of organizing searches and celebrations thoughtfully and carefully. At the very least, this episode should get everyone thinking about how they can apply Scent Work outside of simply getting their dogs ready to trial.

Ep. 20: A Summit Trial Experience

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Natalie McManus

In this podcast episode, we speak with Scent Work University Instructor, Natalie McManus, to hear about her Summit Trial experience, what she thinks dogs and handlers need to do prepare to successfully compete at this level as well as some pros and cons of this type of trial.

Ep. 19: Trials...What Takes So Long?!

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this podcast episode, we cover some of the reasons why a Scent Work trial may be taking longer than you expected. Additionally, we underline the need for everyone to recognize how difficult it is to put on a trial, that everyone involved is doing there best and how everyone needs to take a deep breath before we jump all over one another.

Ep. 18: Just Train For It: A Deeper Look

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this podcast episode, we discuss the inadvertent downsides to "Just Train For It", the need to be clear and thorough as well as how, as community, we need to reassess how we approach trialing and training. A ton of information jammed into one little podcast episode! Let's get to it!

Ep. 17: Winding Training Journey

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Lori Timberlake

In this episode, we speak with Scent Work University Instructor, Lori Timberlake, to learn more about her own personal training journey and highlight the importance of continual learning and building a strong foundation.

Ep. 16: Aging Dogs and Scent Work

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this podcast episode, we discuss some of the considerations of working an aging dog in Scent Work, the way certain competition organizations are designed to encourage competitors to make good decisions on behalf of their dogs as well as how we can better design our training exercises to keep our dogs in the game and not in conflict.

Ep. 15: Odor is Odor is Odor

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

We must understand that the principles of odor applies when our dogs are hunting for primary or novel target odors. It may very well be you can solve a stubborn Scent Work problem outside the context of a formal training session. We discuss this, and more, in this episode.

Ep. 14: Triangulating is What?!

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this podcast episode, we discuss what triangulating is, why dogs do it and how it drastically differs from when a dog may simply go back to a found they've already hide over and over and over again looking for free cookies.

Ep. 13: Cataloging...An Issue or Not?

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this episode, we discuss what cataloging is, what it means when your dog is cataloging, why they may be cataloging in the first place and whether cataloging is really an issue, or a training hill you should die on.

Ep: 12: Real Talk - We Need to Do Better

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

As a community, we all need to do better in how we interact with one another, especially as it pertains to different training approaches. We discuss why in this podcast episode.

Ep. 11: Boxes! Pairing! Boo! .... Or Not So Much

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

When it comes to training, we oftentimes want to take shortcuts or cannot wait to work on the "big dog stuff"! However dismissal of effective training tools or techniques in a desire to rush ahead is a disservice to the dog and the process.

Ep. 10: Patience, Grasshopper

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In order for you and your dog to develop into a stellar Scent Work team, you both must amass and perfect a slew of skills. Doing so will take time. We discuss the importance of patience in this episode.

Ep. 9: Confessions of a Nervous Competitor

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

By sharing personal stories of how she struggles with being a nervous Scent Work competitor, Dianna hopes to help other avoid the mental pitfalls that can be derail an otherwise stellar Scent Work team.

Ep. 8: So...What is a Reactive Dog?

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this podcast, we attempt to better define this term, outline the types of dogs who may be included in this category, while also talking plainly about which dogs specifically should not be competing at Scent Work trials at all (ie. aggressive dogs).

Ep. 7: Being a Good Scent Work Instructor

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

Do you teach Scent Work classes and/or provide private consultations? Then this episode is for you. We discuss a variety topics many instructors oftentimes overlook. 

Ep. 6: Hosting a Scent Work Trial

Speakers: Dianna L. Santos, Lori Timberlake, Kristina Sveinson

In this episode, we speak with Lori Timberlake of Do Over Dog Training and Kristina Sveinson of The Little Nose That Knows about what is involved with hosting a Scent Work trial.

Ep. 5 The Ideal Official

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this episode, we discuss all the things Scent Work competitors wished trial officials would do, and all those things officials do competitors utterly dread.

Ep. 4: The Ideal Competitor

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this episode, we will discuss ways Scent Work competitors can avoid committing the common offenses trial officials dread seeing at Scent Work trials. Follow these tips to help earn the title of "ideal competitor".

Ep. 3: It's Too Hot! Too Cold! Too Rainy! Too Snowy!...Is It?

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

Scent Work is one of the few dog sports that is held in all kinds of weather. If the thought of trialing in less than ideal conditions makes you stress out, you need to listen this episode!

Ep. 2: Battling Your Ego

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In this podcast, we will discuss the battle many dog trainers, instructors, handlers and owners will encounter at some point: keeping their own ego in check when it comes to training and competing with their dog. 

Ep. 1: Why is Scent Work So Popular?!

Speaker: Dianna L. Santos

In our inaugural podcast episode, we delve into the question: why is Scent Work so popular? We will also discuss some ways to get started in this activity and how training Scent Work online may be a great option.