AKC tracking events are the competition form of canine search and rescue. These Tracking events provide training for dogs and their handlers to meet some human needs for tracking and finding lost humans or other animals, as well as, demonstrating the extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess.

Search and Rescue

jacketThe use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.

Dedicated handlers and well-trained dogs are required for the use of dogs to be effective in search efforts.  

Thank you Dr Cindy Atwood for her assistance in developing this topic.


Nosework in 6 weeks

This training begins using the actual scent from day one. The object is to always reward at the source. This overview is divided into six weeks of training.

Huge thank you to Janet and her Newf, Mabel, for permission to use many of the videos.

Training with Food as a Source

Leos on odor: a guide to K9 Nosework™ with your Leonberger

by Mary Kline

I got interested in K9 Nosework ™ after the Coventry School, where our dogs had gone for years for training and grooming, put out fliers that they were offering a class. Little did I know that this was the first class offered in the mid-Atlantic and one of the first offered on the East Coast. All I knew was that my 6 year old Leo Havoc (who already had numerous flyball titles and a WD to his name) needed a sport that demanded his brain but didn’t tax his body beyond what he could stand. “Wait? You can get titles for this? When does class start?”

Nose Work

Welcome to the World of Nose Work.  Links and the information used in this topic were graciously provided by Deanna Alko, Mary Kline, Janet Dierson, Ira Dierdorf, and Polly Sarsfield.

NoseWork for Fun and Titlesthenose
Have you heard about the  sport of Nosework? It’s all the rage these days! If you’d like to get involved and try your hand at this fabulous new sport, then this topic is for you! 

Are you interested in....
Learning more about how to train for K9Nosework or UKC nosework trials? Have fun with a completely different activity? Provide mental exercise for an old, retired, reactive or injured canine athlete? Increase your dog's working drive and focus? Build confidence and sureness in a soft, nervous, or less driven dog? Keep your dogs from going stir crazy this winter?