AKC Scent Work- the newest sport!

Press Release- March 27, 2017 

Updated Regulations:

AKC Scent Work Regulations 

Thanks to some wonderful constructive feedback from the Scent Work community, the Regulations have been updated. Most of the things modified are simply rewording for clarification rather than actual rule changes. However, the following significant changes should be noted:

  • The Fourth Odor. Due to the possibility that zealous dogs trained on Peppermint might seek and possibly ingest candies or gum containing Xylitol, we have chosen to change the fourth odor from Peppermint to Cypress (Cupressus sempevirens). See Chapter 7, Section 2.
  • Alert Confirmation. The exact procedure for when the judge has to ask the handler to confirm the location that the dog is alerting has been modified. Also, this procedure is now a guideline for the judges, rather than a requirement. This allows for judges to take into account compelling environmental factors. See Chapter 4, Sections 9 and 10.

Please ensure that the copy of the Scent Work Regulations that you are working from is marked "Rev: 24 March 2017" on the header of the first page. Print copies of these Regulations should be available for purchase through the AKC Store around June. 


  • NOW: Interested individuals may begin submitting applications to become AKC Scent Work judges. Please see Scent Work Judges' Resources for more information.
  • NOW: Clubs may begin submitting applications to add Scent Work to their licensing. Please see Scent Work Club Resources for more information.
  • August 1, 2017: Clubs approved to hold Scent Work may begin submitting event applications for events to be held October 1 or later. Please see the page "Club Resources" for more information.
  • October 1, 2017: Official launch of AKC Scent Work--earliest date that a club may hold a Scent Work trial.


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