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SCENT WORK

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Let's Get Sniffy Together

Scent work is currently, in 2024, one of the fastest growing dog sports. The sport allows for our dogs to zone in on one of their most important senses, and creates an incredible bond between handler and dog as we interact in this sniffy environment with them.

Whether you're doing scent work for the goal of competition, already compete but want to strengthen your skills, or are interested in it for enrichment purposes for your pet dog, we're here to help you!

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The Sniffy Team

Michelle competes in a multitude of sports with her border collies Arya and Rainier. For a list of titles visit Arya's Page and Rainier's Page.

Expedition Reverie's Rebel of the North NA SWA SCAE SIAE SCE SBE RN DSX DM AS AJ HDM DDS DDBE TKE VHMA, ORT - Arya

Rising Tide's Endless Summit SWNE SEA SIA DDB TKE VHMA VHMP, ORT - Rainier

Michelle has competed in scent work since 2021, but has experience with teaching scent work through service dog medical alert training since 2015. Her border collie Arya is competing in the excellent and master divisions of AKC scent work, and her puppy Rainier completed her overall novice elite title (40Q's within novice, 10Qs per element) and is now almost finished with her advanced overall title. They will both be debuting in NACSW and CPE CSS this year, in 2024.

In 2021, Michelle and Arya debuted in Scent Work gaining her Scent Work Novice overall title in 4 trials, with placements and Q's across the board. In 2022, at their first trialing weekend of the advanced divisions of containers & interiors, they achieved their SCA & SIA titles with placements. After a temporary break to raise puppies (which brought Rainier into our lives!) they were back at it in the fall of 2022 and have quickly finished their advanced overall titles, elite advanced titles, as well as their excellent buried and container titles.

In 2023, Michelle's puppy Rainier debuted in scent work at 10 months of age, and has been excelling ever since, with virtually no NQ's and placements (primarily 1sts) for almost every run. At 14 months she achieved her first five scent work titles: SCN, SEN, SBN, SIN and her overall novice title SWN, with placements (mostly 1sts) in almost all of her runs. At 17 months, in 1 trial weekend (2 days) she Q'd in 14/16 runs, with 13/14 of those Q's being placements (8 - 1st place, 3 - 2nds, 1 - 3rd, and 1- 4th!). At this trial, she achieved her next six scent work titles, SCNE, SENE, SBNE, SINE, her overall novice elite scent work title SWNE, as well as her first advanced scent work title SEA!  At her first trial in 2024, she went 2/2 in Advanced Container and Advanced Interior, getting 1st in both, as well as her SIA title. Currently for Advanced, in January of 2024, Rainier has 2 legs of Advanced Buried and 2 legs of Advanced Container in addition to her Advanced Exterior & Advanced Interior titles. We're hoping to complete her Advanced Overall title in February!

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Let's Get Sniffy! An Introduction to K9 Scent Work

6 Week Virtual Group Class

(Private Group on Facebook)

Class begins January 17th, 2024

Working Spot: $250+tax

Audit Spot: $125+tax

Working spot: you have a personalized thread to upload videos to on our group. You work through the material from the class and upload hw assignments. I then comment on your assignments with critiques, how to fix & change things so you can progress as a team with your dog! 1-1 training within a "group setting". Since the lectures are posted once a week, it gives you a full week to upload videos when you can (and you can continue posting as many videos as you'd want, it's not just one a week)

 

Audit: you get all of the material and get to watch classmates videos and learn from them and my critiques, but I do not give you personalized feedback.

 

Classes will be uploaded once a week for 6 weeks in lecture style with a powerpoint with videos and instructions/education embedded

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Let's Get Sniffy: Level 2

6 Week Virtual Group Class

(Private Group on Facebook)

Class begins January 17th, 2024

Working Spot: $250+tax

Audit Spot: $125+tax

Working spot: you have a personalized thread to upload videos to on our group. You work through the material from the class and upload hw assignments. I then comment on your assignments with critiques, how to fix & change things so you can progress as a team with your dog! 1-1 training within a "group setting". Since the lectures are posted once a week, it gives you a full week to upload videos when you can (and you can continue posting as many videos as you'd want, it's not just one a week)

 

Audit: you get all of the material and get to watch classmates videos and learn from them and my critiques, but I do not give you personalized feedback.

 

Classes will be uploaded once a week for 6 weeks in lecture style with a powerpoint with videos and instructions/education embedded

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Scent Work

Our Scent Work private classes are designed for the dog who thrives with new activities and an active brain, as well as an active sniffer. Finished our obedience sessions and looking to do more? Discover the incredible sport that is scent work and watch your dog flourish!

 

These classes can be done in person (Long Island - Nassau, or Queens) or virtually!

We also have 2 popular virtual group classes Let's Get Sniffy & Let's Get Sniffy Level 2!

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What do we offer?

  • Introduction training for scent work

  • Advanced skillsets

  • Element skillsets

    • Interior​

    • Exterior

    • Vehicle

    • Container

    • Buried

  • Preparation for trialing (AKC)

  • Handling help: become a better handler

  • Video review

  • Out and about scent work training: stores, parks, and more

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Rates

Privates​

  • Hourly Sessions: $150+tax

  • 5 Class Package: $700+tax, includes the consult (1) and 4 1-hour classes

  • 10 Class Package: $1400+tax, includes the consult (1) and 9 1-hour classes

  • 12 Class Package / Day Training: $1700 + tax, 12, 1 hour sessions.

Let's Get Sniffy Virtual Classes

  • Working Spot: $250+tax

  • Audit Spot: $125+tax

Bundles

  • Let's Get Sniffy 1 & 2 Working Spot: $450

  • Let's Get Sniffy 1 & 2 Audit Spot: $225

Scent Work Webinar/Workshops in 2024

Emma with Timber

"I was an auditing student in PWA’s last virtual scent work class and it was such a great experience!! We started with no experience with oils or searches beyond a basic treat scavenger hunt, but now I’m considering starting novice scent trials next year with my pup! I’ve learned so much, the material is so well explained and put together. Plus my dog has absolutely loved it! In person weekly classes are hard for me to work into my schedule so the virtual class was perfect for me, I would absolutely recommend PWA to anybody looking into starting scent work!"

Rachael with Willow

"We had the pleasure of taking PWA’s virtual scent course and it was SUCH an amazing class! Chock full of knowledge, material, and excellent videos to help you through the process of getting started with and progressing with scent work. I was blown away at everything that was included- and the interactive student group was such a fun way to learn from everyone else and get feedback on our progress. I can’t say enough good things about Michelle and her training offerings. Will definitely be participating in any future courses she offers!"

Stephanie with Oliver

"I’m currently taking a scent work class with my dog, Oliver, and we’ve been having such a great time! Michelle has a fb group in which she posts the weekly material and the videos are clear and thorough. We have a working spot and can ask unlimited questions on both the general material and any specific questions related to our homework or challenges we may be having. She responds in a timely manner and gives both positive feedback and ideas on improvement or working through challenges. Oliver is dog reactive so we may never compete as I rather not put him through the stress, but I’ve seen him become so happy to work for scent and train. It’s improved our relationship even more and I love that we have something else to do together. Thanks Michelle!"
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