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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.What is scent work for dogs?
The sport of Scent Work celebrates the joy of sniffing, and asks a dog to sniff to their heart’s content; turning your dog’s favorite activity into a rewarding game. It is a terrific sport for all kinds of dogs, and is a wonderful way to build confidence in a shy dog.How does a scent work trial work?
First, make sure you understand how a Scent Work trial (“competition”) works: There are two divisions: 1) The Odor Search Division where your dog searches for the odor of one or more specific essential oils, and 2) the Handler Discrimination Division where your dog searches for the scent of his handler.Can I build my own scent work kit?
If you want to give Scent Work a try and don’t want to order a preassembled kit online, you can build your own Scent Work kit using these approved supplies. We’ve created a list of 10 items needed in a Scent Work kit so you can get started and practice at home. In AKC Scent Work, dogs smell for cotton swabs saturated with essential oils.