Scent Work


The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs), employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances. In AKC Scent Work, dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress. The cotton swabs are hidden out of sight in a pre-determined search area, and the dog has to find them. Teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate the find to the handler, who calls it out to the judge.

In so many dog sports the handler is in control but this isn’t true in Scent Work. Neither the dog nor handler knows where the target odor is hidden. The handler has to rely on the dog, and follow the dog’s nose to success. In Scent Work, it is the canine who is the star of the show.

Belgian Shepherd and handler getting ready to do Scent Work

We are always looking for new locations to scent, please contact a member with an address not frequented by other animals.

Just a reminder that the Cook Inlet June scent work trials close on Wednesday, June 3rd. There are still 40 entries (not dogs) open on Saturday and 30 on Sunday. Online entries are available or contact the Trial Secretary for drop-offs. Also, there was a judging change since the Outside judge is no longer coming to Alaska (this year); Jan Erwin will now take the 3rd judge’s slot. If you need an updated list of who is judging which classes and elements, email the TS.


Up coming classes and events for Scent Work

Entries Close June 3rd 2020

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