Scent Work

GKCDTC Scent Work Trial Sept 30, Oct 1-2, 2022

The trial will be held at All Star Dog Sports, 8316 South 7 Highway, Blue Springs MO
Friday classes include Handler Discrimination, Novice through Master;  Detective; Novice and Advanced Interior, Buried, Containers, and Exterior.
Saturday classes include Detective; Interior and Buried, Novice through Master.
Sunday classes include Detective; Container and Exterior, Novice through Master.

Judges are Khara Schuetzner, Deanna Butler, and Natalie McManus.

The Premium and Entry forms are available on the AKC Website.
Entry Form

Stewards needed for the Scent Work Trial

Don’t forget GKCDTC is looking for volunteers to help at the Scent Work Trial September 30 through October 2 at All Star Dog Sports in Blue Springs, Missouri.  This is a great way to learn about scent work.  No experience is necessary.  The judge will instruct you as to exactly what to do. There are sign-up sheets on the wall in the front room at the training building next to the southeast door that goes into the back room.  Or, you can email Kim Krohn at and let her know you’d like to help.

Friday should be a shorter day.  If you’re available Friday, you might be able to help all day, as we will finish earlier, but you can work half a day if you like.  You can help all day or half a day on Saturday and Sunday.  There are two trials each day and they will be run concurrently.

Friday classes – All levels of Handler Discrimination, Novice and Advanced – Interiors/Buried/Containers/Exteriors, and Detective

Saturday classes – Interiors and Buried, Novice through Master, and Detective

Sunday classes – Containers and Exteriors, Novice through Master, and Detective

Please let Kim know which day you’d like to work and whether you prefer morning, afternoon, or both.  Lunch will be provided for workers.  Thank you very much!

AKC Virtual Scent Work Test Has Been Made Permanent

The AKC Scent Work Department launched the Virtual Scent Work Test (VSWT) in August 2021. It has provided what it was designed for which was to serve as an introduction to Scent Work and to allow dogs and owners to take part in a fun activity they can do from home.

Three titles can be earned at each level in order – VSWB (Beginner), VSWI (Intermediate), VSWE (Experienced). Two passes are required at each level to earn a title. These tests are pass/fail and are conducted in a home environment in accordance with the VSWT Guidelines. Tests are video recorded then submitted to AKC for review by an AKC Scent Work judge.

For complete details, see AKC Virtual Scent Work Test
AKC Virtual Scent Work Test (VSWT) Regulations

AKC Scent Work Blog

Demo Dog
Sand Wetting
Proximity of Search Areas

The latest Scent Work Regulations  are effective November 1, 2019.

Watch the new AKC Scent Work video and read about the sport of Scent Work.