Introducing Birch Course
Introducing Birch Course
Introducing Birch Course
Introducing Birch Course

Introducing Birch Course

Regular price$230.00

  • High-quality dog training instruction
  • Access materials no matter where you live
  • Continual access - no deadlines or cut-off dates

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In this 6-week online course, your dog will learn to find a new novel odor: Birch. Teams will be concentrating on searching interior and container search areas. Handlers will also learn the importance of reward placement and timing, as well as how they can further support their canine partner, all while following the K9 Nose Work® methodology. Get ready to take your searching to the next level!

Course Details

Have you graduated the Introduction to Scent Work course, or similar, and are ready to introduce your dog to concept of searching for Birch? Great!

In this 6-week online course, we will discuss how odor works differently from food, how to prepare and set your hides and to ensure your dog still loves the game.

We will be relying heavily on an approach called pairing, where we will be placing a treat directly with the hide. This will ensure the dog understands exactly what the rewardable behavior is: finding the hide!

Utilizing the K9 Nose Work® training methodology will not only ensure your dog has the preparation necessary to succeed in NACSW™ trials, but in any Scent Work competition organization.

Should I Take This Course?

Have you taken the Introduction to Scent Work course or a similar course? Now that your dog has an understanding of what the Scent Work game is all about, we can introduce them to the concept of hunting for novel target odors.

Are you interested in competing in Scent Work trials? Birch is one of the most common novel target odors used in Scent Work competition organizations. By taking this course, your dog will have a solid understanding that Birch is indeed valuable and worth hunting for!

Are you already competing and noticing issues (lack of enthusiasm, holes in your foundation training, etc)? It is always beneficial to go and shore up your foundation if you beginning to notice issues when training or trialing. We will do just that in this course!

What You Will Need for This Course

  • your dog
  • flat or martingale collar
  • back-clip harness (optional)
  • 6'-8' leash
  • 10'-15' long line
  • LOTS of high-value and smelly treats
  • crate or area you can stage your dog in while setting up your searches
  • minimum of 10 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
  • minimum of 5 novel containers (e.g. Tupperware, purse, bag, etc.)
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots
  • q-tips
  • Birch (“Sweet Birch” aka Betula Lenta)
  • minimum of 3 tins with holes

Course Outline

The Introduction to Birch 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:

  • Proper Introduction to Birch
  • Using Boxes to Build Drive
  • Broadening the Search with Birch
  • Interior Searches with Birch
  • Honing Your Handling Skills
  • Putting it All Together

What Our Clients Are Saying

"Oodles of clearly delivered relevant information with lots of ideas of how to create a search for MY dog. I love the fact the each lesson has clearly defined goal as to the purpose of the search and really makes you think about how to lay a search for my dog.

Best of all, the focus is on our dogs being successful and enjoying the game. My dog is happy, I am happy. Thank you." Clare P.

"The focus on the basics to build success and how to allow your dog to learn and be successful.  This is a very good course that I would highly recommend after taking the scent work basics course." - Cliff E.

"It's informative, detailed, easy to follow and challenging." - Leann S.


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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