Sarah Owings
Sarah Owings

Masters of Odor Pt. 1

“Your dog is Yoda….You are Luke.” — Leah Gangelhoff

course starts
1 June 2020
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$105.61

Whether they are brand new to formal scent detection or highly experienced working dogs, all dogs are masters of odor.
From scavenging food, to hunting rabbits, to noticing when a neighboring dog has just come into season, processing the complex world of scent with exquisite accuracy is what dogs have evolved on this Earth to do. In comparison, the human nose is handicapped. We tend to picture odor moving through space in a limited, two-dimensional way. Like Luke Skywalker impatient with Yoda’s cryptic descriptions of the Force, we are sometimes baffled as to why one day our dog makes a beeline straight to source, but then on another day seems to take forever to find a hide directly in front of his face.
Because scent-detection is often high stakes or timed with titles on the line, we often set hides with specific training goals in mind, such as teaching the dog not to pass thresholds, or to check every container in a row. However, in this class we will be taking a different approach. Instead of putting out hides to teach our dogs how to be more efficient competitors, we are going to set up single hide searches and let our dogs teach us about odor. Each week we will compare and contrast how different types of hide placements change how the dogs search.
Come join me on a fascinating journey into the world of scent, led by the true masters of odor—our dogs!
Pre-requisites: I am most familiar with essential oils as target odor, but if your dog is trained to a different scent, we can make it work. All levels welcome, but you will get the most out of this course if your dog has a strong reinforcement history in place for hunting for something specific. Food or toys can work as well as oils, but the dog still needs to understand the game. In this course I will not be covering how to teach an indication behavior, or basic search skills, but I will provide a lot of guidance on how to adapt the exercises so each dog can be successful.
Working spots: 10
Course Outline:
WK 1: Meet your master, young Jedi.
  • Defining our terms
  • Basics of handling odor, how to set hides, and expecting the unexpected
  • Taking a baseline. What is your dog’s search style and level of commitment to the game?
  • Preserving confidence and enthusiasm
  • Painting the odor picture: what do all those body language changes mean?
Explorations WK2: Odor + Structure
  • Different types of containers
  • Different types of objects and surfaces
  • Odor contained vs. out in the open
  • Clutter puzzles vs. blank walls
Explorations WK3: Odor + Air Movement
  • Upwind vs. downwind
  • Doors open vs. doors closed
  • Narrow spaces + wind
  • Turbulence and eddies
  • Pooling odor due to air movement
Explorations WK 4: Odor + Temperature
  • Sun vs. shade
  • Window vs. wall
  • Heat source vs. cold
  • Dry vs. damp
Explorations WK5: Odor + Height
  • Mid-range elevations
  • Ground hides vs. high
  • Odor falling on surfaces
Explorations WK6: Handler’s Choice

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  • course lasts 6 weeks
  • lectures
  • access to other Premium member's threads
  • video tutorials
  • certificate of attendance
  • 24 hours, 7 days per week access to course materials
  • access to Tromplo: students group on Facebook
  • access to materials after the course is finished
  • 4 points to spend on future purchases

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  • course lasts 6 weeks
  • lectures
  • access to other Premium member's threads
  • video tutorials
  • certificate of attendance
  • 24 hours, 7 days per week access to course materials
  • access to Tromplo: students group on Facebook
  • access to materials after the course is finished
  • 15 points to spend on future purchases
  • 12 minutes videos per week
  • tutor's feedback
  • homework
  • unlimited contact with tutor

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