The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs), employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances. 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. Teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate the find to the handler, who calls it out to the judge.
All information to be found here about the sport and registration
The 4 scent trials for the 2019 National Beagle Club National Specialty in Boxborough, MA have been approved by AKC. There will be two on October 12th and two on October 13th. We are holding all elements (container, interior, exterior, buried and handler discrimination) as well as all levels except Detective (novice, advanced excellent and master). The trials will be held on site at the Regency Boxborough.
Joining us as judges will be Penny Scott-fox, Dr. Nancy Almann, Lori Timberlake and Holly Roche.
Volunteers and donations are needed. Please contact Gretchen Milke through Facebook to volunteer.