Scent Work/Nose Work

  • Scent work is a fairly new sport that started just over ten years ago with the original organization, NASCW (National Association of Canine Scent Work).
  • Just last year the AKC launched their own version – AKC Scent Work.
  • There are several organizations who offer a version of Scent Work but the main ones are AKC Scent Work and NACSW, both offer trials around the country and have slightly different rules.
  • The dogs are trained to find ‘target’ odors and then communicate to their handler that they have found them. The searches are based on everyday detection style work.
  • Four essential oil odors are used in the odor division; Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress.
  • Searches can include: interiors, exteriors, containers, buried and vehicles.
  • AKC Scent Work also has a Handler Discrimination Division, which although utilizes the dogs’ sense of smell, the dogs are trained to find their handlers odor, not an essential oil
  • Toller’s excel in this sport as they love the problem-solving skills that Scent Work offers