The K-9 Scent Crew, Inc. is an organization formed for the purpose of offering scent work events and workshops. Our dogs and those competing have been trained similarly to dogs who are trained to detect explosives or drugs. The difference is that our dogs do it for fun and are searching for essential oil odor. There are three odors used depending on the level that the dog is competing at: Birch, Anise and Clove. There is a very minute quantity of oil placed on Q-tips that are hidden in a search area. The smell is not detectable by people but the dogs' amazing noses hopefully guide them to the odor.
There are several different types of searches. The dogs can search different kinds of containers or boxes. There is a search of an interior room or area. Sometimes searches are outside. Hides can also be placed on vehicles. There are also searches for speed and distance from the handler.
K-9 Scent Crew hosts Performance Scent Dog Trials and has hosted an Odor Recognition Test for the National Association of Canine Scent Work, We will soon host NACSW events. We have also hosted workshops with some of the leading trainers in the sport.