Nosework Scent Detection Class Toronto

Scent Detection

Your dog’s got an amazing nose! Train them to use it!

Dogs using their nose benefit from:

  • Enrichment from being able to express their natural instincts to sniff
  • Mental stimulation from having to use that sense to perform a specific job
  • Reduced stress and boredom at home, in just 5-10 minutes of scent detection per day

In this course, we’ll teach you how to train your dog to search for, detect, and indicate they’ve found a specific scent. Exactly how working dogs are trained to detect bed bugs, flora and fauna, contraband, and even medical conditions in patients.

The class curriculum is organized around preparing your dog to participate in a Designated Odour Test (DOT) in the sport of Scent Detection, and the target odour we will default to is Wintergreen.

Students must obtain their own equipment, most is from the Dollar Store, other than Essential Oil:

  • Wintergreen Essential Oil (or whichever odour you wish to train for)
  • Q-Tips
  • Airtight jar to store scented q-tips
  • Tweezers and gloves to handle odour
  • 4 x Cosmetic tins, or Tupperware containers (condiment sized), with holes cut in top
  • Blu-tack adhesive



  1. Handling and preparing scent, scent tins, and cold and hot boxes
  2. Building motivation to conduct search work
  3. Building commitment to remain and indicate the detection of the target odour
  4. Practicing for your Designated Odour Test (DOT)

Program Tuition: $217.36 per dog plus HST

For details regarding class/training policies, please see our Policy page.

Who, When and Where?

Prerequisites:  Taken at least one full round of Foundation Skills at When Hounds Fly

Four Week Courses (Skips Long Weekends)

Pape Village – For Summer 2022:

  • Sunday June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 3:50PM
  • Sunday July 10, 17, 24, August 7 at 3:50PM
  • Sunday August 14, 21, 28 and September 11 at 3:50PM

South Etobicoke – For Summer 2022:

  • Sunday June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2:00PM
  • Sunday July 10, 17, 24, August 7 at 2:00PM
  • Sunday August 14, 21, 28 and September 11 at 2:00PM

OK, I’m Ready To Go!

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