It's About More Than Just Stuff Webinar

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You are getting ready for a Scent Work practice session with your dog. Immediately, you begin bringing in lots of items for your search area. Chairs. Buckets. Stuff. You run your dog, and notice that they are checking all the items, but are not really searching the entire space. What about the corners? What about the walls? A dread falls over there a hole in your training?! We will give you some suggestions in this webinar about how you can avoid the "just stuff" trap.


As humans, it is very easy for us to fall into patterns when we are doing anything. The same is true in how we design and run our Scent Work practice sessions. This can be problematic however, as our dogs are extremely in-tune to patterns.

Always place a hide on a certain item? Your dog will assume the hide will always be there. Go to a trial and that item is not there? It could be a problem.

Another larger problem is when the dog associates the game with "stuff" as opposed to finding the source of the matter where it is. This results in a dog searching stuff instead of simply following their nose.

In this webinar, we will go over some suggestions on how you can avoid these issues, and help your dog understand the true purpose of this game.


Dianna L. Santos




Is your dog object-obsessed when it comes to Scent Work? They are not alone! In this webinar, we will discuss how easy it is to fall into this trap and ways to help our dogs understand the broader meaning of the Scent Work game: find the source of the odor no matter where it is...and that may NOT necessarily be with "stuff".

Are you an instructor? Ensure that you are not baking in "object obsession" into your lesson plans and instead develop hunters who will be true to odor, not just simply assume the hide will always be with "stuff".


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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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