Combo Odors Course
Combo Odors Course
Combo Odors Course
Combo Odors Course

Combo Odors Course

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Now that your dog has an understanding of what Birch, Anise and Clove are individually, it is time to show them the concept of combo odor hides. Otherwise known as "cocktail hides", this is when a single odor vessel will contain a multitude of scented cotton swabs of any combination, be it 1 Birch, 1 Anise and 1 Clove, or any combo therein.

In this 6-week course, we will outline how you may introduce this concept to your dog and have them work out these interesting odor puzzles in all four search elements (Interior, Exterior, Vehicle and Container). Furthermore, we will ensure your dog still understands the singular target odors are indeed valuable and worth hunting for!

We will stretch the dog with challenging exercises and reinforce their joy with fun and engaging exercise as well. Additionally, you will be prompted to design your own searches, pulling upon your skills as a handler and "baby trainer" in your own right to customize and individualize all the exercises. In short, fun will be had!




Dianna L. Santos


  • Introducing Combo Odors
  • Advanced Searches: Interiors and Containers
  • Advanced Searches: Exteriors and Vehicles
  • Ensuring Individual Odors Hold Value
  • Blank, Inaccessible, Suspended and Converging Odors
  • Putting It All Together


  • 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 containers, purse, bag, etc.)
  • earthquake putty or GlueDots
  • q-tips
  • Birch ("Sweet Birch" aka Betula Lenta)
  • Anise ("Aniseed" aka Pimpinella Anisum)
  • Clove ("Clove Bud" aka Eugenia Caryophylatta)
  • minimum of 6 tins with holes


Are you interested in competing? Some competition organizations provide for combo hide placements, particularly in the upper levels of competition. Therefore, you will want your dog to be familiar with this concept.

Are you looking for ways to further develop your dog's skills when it comes to hunting for a target odor? Really stretching their understanding, as far as combo odors and how they AND the individual odors are still valuable, is a wonderful approach to take.


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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