AKC Scent Work
Club Contact: Beryl Parks
American Kennel Club (AKC) Scent Work is a sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent and communicate to the handler that the scent has been found. Scent Work is a positive, challenging activity that allows dogs the opportunity to use their strongest natural sense in a way that is fun, engaging, and that builds and strengthens a foundation of trust between the handler and dog.
Searches in Scent Work are conducted in a variety of environments, which are known in the sport as “elements.” The elements in AKC Scent Work are: Container, Interior, Exterior, and Buried.
In the Container element, the dog is presented with an open area with a number of containers—such as cardboard boxes, backpacks, or luggage—and they must determine which container holds the scent.
In the Interior element, the search takes place in an indoor area, in an everyday setting, with furniture for the dog to search around.
The Exterior element presents an everyday outdoor area, with vegetation, objects, and structures to search.
In the Buried element the target scent is hidden beneath the ground, and the dog has to indicate the area under which the scent is buried.
Each of these elements includes four difficulty levels, with a title that can be earned in each class — so AKC Scent Work offers years of fun for the dog.
WSDTC Classes: Introduction and Advance classes are offered. Please check the Classes webpage for class schedule.