Canine Scent Detection Course

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Localization of a target scent—the ultimate display of the cooperation between Homo sapiens sapiens and Canis lupus familiaris.

Scent detection stimulates your dog without turning it hyperactive, teaches you and your dog what serious teamwork is, and is great fun for both of you. Take the theory on-line and begin practicing right away. Canine scent detection is one of the best examples of the cooperation between two species, of their separate skills working in conjunction and toward a common, practical goal. Create and develop a meaningful relationship with your dog by working together in resolving searching tasks.


Canine Scent Detection For Everybody“Canine Scent Detection For Everybody” —the last movie from my workshop in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Enjoy! ?
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This course consists of two parts: (lesson 1) theory and (lesson 2) practice.

Course level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced. This is a course for everybody, civilians as well as professionals.

Canine Scent Detection—The Practical Manual

CSD2017Cover“Canine Scent Detection—The Practical Manual” by Roger Abrantes. First edition, May 2014. Wakan Tanka Publishers. 62 pages, illustrated.

When you enroll in this course, you get access to the manual, which you can read online anytime you like. You will also get all future updates. This manual is the textbook for the practical part that you take at a workshop. Although not mandatory, we recommend that you read the manual before attending the workshop. To earn your final certificate for accomplished “Canine Scent Detection,” you must take the theory test and attend the practical workshop.


Scent Detection Page.

Contents of the manual
STEP 1 – Acquisition of indication behavior.
STEP 2 – Acquisition of target scent.
STEP 3 – Discrimination of target scent.
STEP 4 – Double-blind discrimination of target scent.
STEP 5 – Double-blind detection of hidden target scent.
STEP 6 – Double-blind detection of hidden and masked target scent.
Case Story – Ariel.
Understanding Olfaction References and further recommended reading.

One-on-one online tutoring

Read the book. If you have any question, please click “Contact Course Teacher.” Your teacher will answer your question as soon as possible.

Once you’re ready for it, take the test. You may take a test as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take tests once a year as a self-imposed quality control.

Test and Certificate in Canine Scent Detection

This course has two lessons. Lesson 1 is part 1 theory and lesson 2 is part 2 practice. You complete lesson 1 online. Read the book and take the test. You will receive a special certificate in Canine Scent Detection Theory once you pass the test. You complete lesson 2 attending a workshop. Then, you will receive your final certificate.

We plan Canine Scent Detection workshops every year in different regions. The fees for the workshops (not included in the online course) vary from region to region. For dates and contact information for workshops, please keep updated thru our Facebook page.


Canine Scent Detection Lesson One

Length: 12 minutesAuthor: Roger AbrantesComplexity: Standard

Acquisition of indication behavior. Acquisition of target scent. Discrimination of target scent. Double-blind discrimination of target scent. Double-blind detection of hidden target scent. Double-blind detection of hidden and masked target scent. Case Story – Ariel. Understanding Olfaction. Test and Certificate in Canine Scent Detection Theory.

Canine Scent Detection Lesson Two

Length: 18 minutesAuthor: Roger AbrantesComplexity: Hard

Canine Scent Detection Part 2 Practice consists in your participation at a workshop given by Dr. Roger Abrantes. You go thru all the steps described in the practical manual. On the final day, all teams ready for it will attempt to pass the double-blind test, which is the ultimate test in scent detection.