First title holders in AKC Scent Work
Dogs have incredible senses of smell that are 10,000 to 100,000 times better than their human companions. People recognized this and have partnered with dogs in different scent based activities that include hunting, search and rescue and detection. Scent Work is based on what professional detection dogs are asked to do – search for a specific odor or odors in a variety of environments. Unlike other dog sports, the dog takes the lead in Scent Work and the human partner must be able to recognize the dog’s signal that the correct odor has been located and sound the alert. There are four different elements in Scent Work that attempt to mimic the conditions of a detection dog – container, interior, exterior, buried. Containers may include things boxes, briefcases, bags and the target odor is hidden in one of the containers. In the interior and exteriors searches the target odor is concealed on or in an object in the search area. In the buried search the odor is placed in a container that is buried beneath sand or water. There are also four different odors that are used: birch, anise, clove and cypress.
Each element has four different difficulty levels – Novice, Advanced, Excellent and Master. In Novice dogs are only required to identify birch and only one hide is placed in each search area. A qualifying score is earned when the handler signals alert at the correct location within the time limit. When the dog earns three qualifying legs under two different judges they earn the Novice title for that element can move to the Advanced class. In the advanced class the size of the search area is increased, the maximum height is increased and distractions can be added to the search and anise is included along with birch. Dogs must correctly find two different hides. After the dog earns the Advanced title for that element the team can move to the Excellent level where clove can be added as a third odor, the complexity and maximum number of hides is increased. After three qualifying legs under two different judges the team can begin competing in the Master class. In Master classes, dogs are expected to detect cypress and the three previous odor, the search area is larger and there are more types of distractions. In the Master class the number of hides is not known and there may be multiple search areas that may or may not contain hides. Once dogs earn three qualifying scores under at least two different judges they earn the Master title for that element. Once a dog earns one Master element title the team can compete in the Detective Class. This class is designed to mimic the work and working environment of detection dogs. The search environment may contain all four of the elements, all of the odors, and an unknown number of hides. To earn the Scent Work Detective (SWD) title the team must earn 10 qualifying runs.
In Scent Work dogs earn titles for each element at each level. Once the dog has earned all of the element titles at a given level they have earned the Scent Work title at that level. For example a dog with a Scent Work Excellent (SWE) title has earned all of the element titles at the Excellent level as well as all the titles needed to enter the Excellent class.
SWD Titles Earned:
Praderia El Futuro De Zorrazo - SCN
Praderia El Futuro De Zorrazo - SIN
Ariosa Concurrido Chasin' Fiesta's Midnight Rain - SCN
Ariosa Concurrido Chasin' Fiesta's Midnight Rain - SEN
Ariosa Concurrido Chasin' Fiesta's Midnight Rain - SIN
Ariosa Concurrido Chasin' Fiesta's Midnight Rain - SBN
Ariosa Concurrido Chasin' Fiesta's Midnight Rain - SWN