AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course
AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course
AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course
AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course

AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course

Regular price$230.00

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PRE-ORDER: Course materials released weekly starting on February 6th.

You and your dog are climbing the levels of AKC Scent Work, having earned your Advanced-level title, and now you are ready to tackle Excellent. There are some hefty challenges in this level! Let's ensure you and your pup are ready.

In this 6-week course, we will walk through the skills you, your dog and your team will need to succeed in an AKC Excellent-level trial. The course will concentrate on the Container, Interior, Exterior and Buried classes. We will ensure you both can tackle MASTER-LEVEL searches, so that the Excellent level classes are a breeze.


6 weeks


Dianna L. Santos


Have you earned your Advanced-level title? Firstly, congratulations! You should be quite proud of yourself, your dog and your team! Now is a perfect time to put a plan together to prepare to succeed in an Excellent AKC Scent Work trial.

Are you getting to trial? Perfect! This course was created with you in mind. Learn how to set yourself and your dog up for success both in and outside the search areas.

Are you a Scent Work instructor? Learn some tips and tricks of how to best prepare your teams and weave these into your curriculum and training program.


  • your dog
  • collar (flat or martingale)
  • harness (back-clip) (optional)
  • leash (6'-8') long line (10'-15')
  • treats (high-value and smelly)
  • crate or area your dog can wait while you set-up your searches boxes
  • minimum of 20 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
  • Birch, Anise and Clove scented q-tips and odor vessels
  • Distractors (non-food, food, auditory and visual)
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots


The AKC Scent Work: Excellent Level Trial Prep Course is designed to provide the same exact learning experience we provided to our in-person group dog training classes in a virtual format. Same great quality with more flexibility and convenience!

Here is a quick breakdown of the types of topics that will be covered each week:

  • Loving Birch, Anise and Clove
  • Multi-Hide Searches
  • Tackling Larger Search Areas
  • Distractors Galore
  • Inaccessible Hides
  • Improving Your Teamwork
  • Mock Trial Setups
  • Putting It All Together


Scent Work University is fortunate to have Dianna grant us license to feature her courses, seminars and webinars on our online dog training platform. All of the content in this offering is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Dianna L. Santos.


Probably sound like a broken record, but its easy to follow, makes me (and therefore my dog) enthusiastic, go at my own pace.

David L.
Introducing Birch Course

What did you enjoy about this course? Took me out of my comfort zone. Making me keep training logs. Teaching me to break down behaviors. That is huge because all I ever see is what I need to work on.

Kathleen V.
Now What Do I Do?! Course

I liked the pace of the course, how the material was presented and most importantly all of the wonderful feedback. I think the at-home learning experience was far better, due to the enormous amount of feedback (and encouragement!) that we would not get as much of in a live class.

Denise M.
Introduction to Scent Work Course

The explanation followed by the videos to show the skill or skills. That was helpful. The feedback on my videos was also helpful. The practices each week- gold!

Pat G.
NW3 Trial Prep Course

This was the most amazing and insightful seminar I have ever attended on Odor movement and hide placement. WOW! Thank you so very much

Ava H.
Hide Placement and Odor Movement Seminar

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