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Scent Detection

A fun event open to all dogs to enjoy the challenge of locating a scent and communicating with their handler that the scent has been located. The trial is done in a variety of environments allowing a dog to use their strongest natural sense. Learn more in our blog, "Scent Detection: Put Your Dog's Nose to the Test." CKC-Recognized Club?
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How it Works:
There are five classes, starting with the entry-level “instinct” class, and in ascending order the novice, open, excellent, and master classes. Each class tests the dog’s ability at a new, more challenging level, encouraging greater perseverance and focus on fine-tuning of olfactory senses. The scent source may be within a container - the only option for the instinct level - interior of a building, or exterior - the great outdoors!

Dogs will be divided into height divisions within the classes based on the height indicated on the entry form. Titles are awarded upon the dog acquiring the required number of qualifying scores within the class entered.

How to Get Started:
You can start by watching a demo test in our Scent Detection Videos, but the best way to learn about dog sports is to try it for yourself! Join a Scent Detection Sanction Match - a friendly competition for any one to come and learn how to take part.  Try it out at at any of the locations below. Signing up for a Sanction Match is easy - in most cases all you have to do is show up on event day! Contact the host club for full registration and event details. 
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Scent Detection Details for CKC-Recognized Clubs

All interested CKC recognized clubs may apply to hold Scent Detection events provided they have the experience, equipment and location to hold a safe event. Scent Detection events either can be a stand-alone event or may be held in conjunction with other CKC events. A minimum of one (1) Sanction match must be held prior to holding a Scent Detection Trial.

When can I start holding a Sanction Match?
The CKC Board of Directors approved a motion at the June 2018 Board meetings, stating “THAT, clubs be permitted to hold sanction scent detection events as of October 1, 2018, following the rule books that start on January 1, 2019.” Click here for the link to the Sanction match Form. 
How do I apply to become a judge?
We are currently accepting judge’s applications. Click here for the judge’s application form. 
How do I apply to host a Scent Detection Trial?
A minimum of one (1) Sanction match must be held prior to holding a Scent Detection Trial. Once your sanction match has been approved and the match is completed, you can apply to host a Scent Detection Trial using the Event Date Application form found on the CKC Website.

In order to jump-start this program, the CKC is waiving all late fees for clubs applying to hold this event in 2019. A club may hold unlimited number of events annually.

Where do I find the Scent Detection Rules & Regulations?
The Scent Detection Rulebook is now available through the order desk and online under Forms>Shows & Trials > Event Rules & Regulations > Scent Detection Rules & Regulations. 
Where can I get the Scents required to hold the event? 
For your convenience, The Canadian Kennel Club Basic Kits (For Instinct, Novice, Open and Excellent Classes) and the Master Kits (For Master Class) are available for purchase through the following vendor: LeerburgOr, the oil scents can be sourced and purchased at a convenient location that sells this type of product.

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