Scent Work is the newest AKC performance sport that Doberman’s are excelling in.
Mt Hood Doberman Pinscher Club is excited to offer two opportunities for teams to compete this spring.
Our first Scent Work Trials will be held May 25 & 26, 2019 at the Lane Events Center in Eugene, OR. Pacific NW Shetland Sheepdog Club will be hosting an agility trial at the same site. Entries will close on May 8, 2019. Click for Online entry form or the premium.
Then on June 14, 15 & 16 Scent Work will be offered at Argus Ranch for Dogs in Auburn, WA. An agility trial hosted by Boston Terrier Club of Western Washington will be held simultaneously. Entries close on May 29th. Click for Online entry form or the premium.
Voluteering is a great way to learn the game. Fill out the volunteer form if interested.
In so many dog sports the handler is in control but this isn’t true in Scent Work. Neither the dog nor handler knows where the target odor is hidden. The handler has to rely on the dog, and follow the dog’s nose to success. In Scent Work, it is the canine who is the star of the show.
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.