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Expert Advice: Sports Blind Dog “Nikki” is Totally Focused When it Comes to Scent Work
It was love at first sight for Martha Wixom, of Birmingham, Alabama. It wasn’t quite the same for Nikki, a 9-month-old Rat Terrier suffering from detached retinas and glaucoma in both eyes. The retinas were beyond repair and there was no cure for glaucoma, just management. “I’m sure she was having trouble seeing me,” says […] | February 20, 2019
Expert Advice: Sports Making “Scents” of Zuri’s Personality Change
For two years and three months, Zuri was a model young dog — outgoing with zero negative reactivity. But one day, Anita Ambani found herself with a frenetic young Bolognese and no clue what was triggering the drastic change. Add to that, Zuri is the first dog she has owned, and a non-traditional one at […] | February 6, 2019
Expert Advice: Fun With Your Dog AKC Scent Work is an Excellent Addition to Other Nose Work Activities
In many ways, our dogs are walking noses. Sniffing is how they make sense of the world, so activities that incorporate their sense of smell are a sure-fire way to make them happy. There are many types of nose work for dogs, from scent work with different organizations to various sports like tracking, Earthdog, or […] | January 18, 2019
Expert Advice: Fun With Your Dog Why Not Give AKC Scent Work a Try?
The sport of AKC Scent Work® makes a game out of your dog’s favorite activity — sniffing. Scent work asks a dog to locate a hidden cotton swab scented with essential oil. Besides being incredibly fun, the sport has many benefits, and any dog, purebred or mixed breed, is welcome to compete. Why Try Scent […] | January 15, 2019
Expert Advice: Events How to Watch the AKC National Tracking Invitational
Watch the 2018 AKC National Tracking Invitational highlights on December 8 & 9 on AKC.TV, with showings at noon, 3, 6, and 9 p.m. ET. Chances are, the only time you notice your dog’s nose is when she uses it to deliver a poke — a cold, clammy reminder that a walk is needed or […] | December 3, 2018
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Expert Advice: Sports Finding a Cell Phone in the Desert: How Scent Work Saved the Day
Certified professional dog trainer Nicole Ellis grew up acting and modeling, so when she adopted her dog Maggie 10 years ago, she decided to train the pup to do the same. "She hits a [designated] mark, can do every behavior on a hand command or verbal, and with the same enthusiasm the 15th time as […] | August 29, 2018
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Expert Advice: News Mack the Bee Dog Sniffs out Trouble in Maryland’s Honeybee Colonies
What do almonds, honeybees, and a spore-forming bacterium have in common? Mack, the bee dog. Mack is a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever tasked with protecting Maryland’s commercial honeybee populations from American Foulbrood (AFB) — one of the most devastating honeybee colony diseases. Mack works alongside owner and handler, Cybil Preston, the chief apiary inspector for the […] | August 17, 2018
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Expert Advice: Sports Scent Work Gave This High-Energy and Incredibly Smart Dog a Job to Do
When Allison Wilt first picked up her dog, Finn, from a rescue organization three years ago, he was a bundle of nerves. "People kept passing him off because they described him as being 'a lot of dog,'" Wilt recalls. "He was very reactive to people and other dogs, at first. He didn’t know who his […] | June 27, 2018
Expert Advice: Training How to Teach Your Dog Scent Work
You don’t have to own a military or police K-9 to teach your dog how to recognize a scent. In fact, you don’t even have to leave your house. What’s AKC Scent Work? AKC Scent Work is a sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent (e.g., explosives or narcotics) and communicate to […] | February 15, 2018
Expert Advice: Training What You Need to Know About AKC Scent Work
On October 1, the AKC rolled out Scent Work, a new titling event open to all dogs. Before the AKC introduces a new sport, staff methodically evaluates, adapts, and develops the event. The process can take several months, sometimes years. Stephanie Kennerley is Sports and Events Projects coordinator. Her department creates and implements new AKC sports […] | February 15, 2018

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