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

AKC Scent Work: Novice Level Trial Prep 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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You and your dog are loving playing the game of Scent Work and are interested in trialing. AKC Scent Work catches your eye, and you want to enter...but are you ready?!

In this 6-week course, we will walk through how to best prepare you and your dog to succeed an AKC Scent Work trial, concentrating on the Container, Interior, Exterior and Buried classes. This will be done by ensuring you both can tackle ADVANCED-LEVEL searches, so that the Novice level classes are a breeze.


6 weeks


Dianna L. Santos


Are you training in Scent Work right now? If you haven't already, it is possible you will be "bit by the bug" and want to compete. Why not ensure you and your dog are fully ready to succeed at 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 15 boxes of various sizes (good excuse to shop at Amazon!)
  • Birch and Anise scented q-tips and odor vessels
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots


The AKC Scent Work: Novice 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 Container Searches
  • Solidifying Those Interior Searches
  • Focused and Joyful Exterior Searches
  • Buried Searches Without the Headaches
  • Trial Site Dog Skills
  • Trial Site Handler Skills
  • Mock Trial Set-Ups
  • 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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