Puppy Scent Work

Your puppy has an amazing sense of smell. They also seem to have an endless supply of energy! Why not give them a game they can play that will tap into that nose of theirs, give them a mental and physical outlet and help build their confidence?! Scent Work will help you achieve all of this and more!

Course Details

Scent Work is the civilian version of what police and military dogs do out in the field. While we will not be finding bad guys, bombs or drugs, we will be working to help our puppies use their amazing sense of smell of work out various odor puzzles.

In this 6-week course, we will have your puppy find food, otherwise known as primary, in a variety of container and interior searches. Similiar to our Introduction to Scent Work course offered through Scent Work University, this course will break down the exercises even further, introducing play breaks to ensure your puppy doesn't get overwhelmed and walk you through how to ensure your puppy doesn't make any unintended associations during their fear periods.


While not required, it would be a good idea for your puppy to also take Puppy Kindergarten.

Webinar Suggestions: 

What is Scent Work WebinarLearn what this activity is all about and why it is so beneficial for your puppy and dog to play.

What You Will Need:

  • flat or martingale collar
  • front-clip harness (optional)
  • 6'-8' leash
  • 10'-15' long line
  • LOTS of small, soft and yummy treats
  • 10-15 boxes of various sizes
  • 4 lids (from a yogurt container or something similar)

Course Outline

  • Sniffing for Treats
  • Assessing and Building Confidence
  • Introduction to Elevation Hides
  • 2 Hides, 4 Hides, 6 Hides WOW
  • Container v. Interior Searches

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Meet Dianna L. Santos

Owner and Lead Instructor




 AKC Scent Work Judge

 USCSS CSD and Judge

 AKC CGC Evalutor and Instructor

 C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor

 Associate Trick Dog Instructor

Student Enrollment

Intensive learning experience

Full access to all course materials

Full access to course forum

Submit homework and videos

Detailed review from instructor


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Auditor Enrollment

Perfect intermediary

Full access to all course materials

Full access to general forum

May view homework forum

May ask instructor questions


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Watcher Enrollment

Self-taught option

Full access to all course materials

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May not post or ask questions


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NOTE: You will be directed to the Online Dog Training University website to complete your purchase.

This is where you will login and access your course and forum.