Scent Work Foundations
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Classes not currently available for registration. Next class session is 2021 Session 5, starting on Tue 10-26-2021.
Public registration starts Sat 10-16-2021 8:00 AM, GSDOC members can register early on Thu 10-14-2021 8:00 AM.
Registration for everyone closes on Fri 10-22-2021 11:59 PM.
Class Length: 8 weeks
Class Tier: Tier B
Class Session: 2021 Session 4
In this class, you will learn about the basic concepts in searching for odor, proper use of equipment, and how to teach your dog the importance of odor obedience to prepare for a AKC Scent Work Novice Title. We will primarily be using backchaining, which is how the drug detection and search and rescue dogs learn! We will be focusing on birch odor throughout the class, building up to doing blind container, interior and exterior hunts. This class is appropriate for any age of dog from puppy to senior!
This class is $15 more than our other classes, as we will be providing students with a starter scent kit.
Pre-Requisite: Dogs 6 months or older. We recommend dogs should have passed STAR Puppy, or similarly structured beginning training class. Instructors may waive pre-requisites depending on previous training and the dog/handler team.
Equipment Needed: All students should bring a flat collar, martingale, or walking harness; a dog brush; a 6-ft leash; many soft, easy to chew, and swallow treats; and a mat, towel, or pad for your dog.
All handlers should bring their dog and equipment to the first night of class.
Class Tier System
Our goal is for dog and handler teams to progress through a structured curriculum of classes that are grouped in levels of ability. Before students may progress from Tier A to Tier B, we strongly recommend teams pass all Tier A level classes. For Tier B through Tier D, progression depends on student ability.
* STAR Puppy
* Tier A classes (beginner): Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Focus and Impulse Control (FIC), and Obedience I (Ob I).
* Tier B classes (novice to intermediate): Tricks Novice/Intermediate, Agility Foundations, and Obedience II.
* Tier C classes (intermediate): Agility I and Rally I.
* Tier D classes (advanced): Agility II, Rally II, and Show N Go.
* Specialty classes (conditional).
We adapted the AKC STAR Puppy and CGC classes to fit our club needs. We offer AKC testing for these two classes at the end of every session. We suggest that teams first progress from STAR to CGC, which follows the AKC program design. Tier A level teams may then take FIC and Ob I to finish off Tier A class progression. Please talk with instructors or the Director of Training if you have questions about class progression or availability.