Scent detection

We all know that dogs have a great nose, that’s why working dogs are employed around the globe using those noses to detect everything from explosives and wildlife sign to bed bugs and COVID-19.

The sport of Scent Detection and Nosework is a recreational version designed to allow non-working dogs to enjoy the challenge of locating a scent and communicating with their handler that the scent has been located.

In competitive nosework, the handler must trust their dog’s nose to detect a particular scent, which the dog has been trained to recognize, and then follow the trail of that scent – depending on the organization and level dogs work on or off leash.

The scents, which are more commonly utilized in Scent Detection trials are wintergreen, pine, anise, birch, clove, thyme and cyprus; one drop of scented oil is placed on a cotton swab and then hidden out of sight.

It is up to the dog to find the scent within a specified search area and ultimately to communicate to the handler that the source has been found.


 Introduction to Scent Detection

Lacombe Agricultural Grounds

Detection is a fun game you can easily play at home with your dog. We teach our dogs to find essential oils, using the same techniques and principles as working detection canines. It will promote bonding and provide mental stimulation. This class will teach the basic principles of scent detection and teach you how to better work with your dog as a team.

No experience required. 


Dog must be at least 4 months old to participate and fully vaccinated

5 weeks

Wednesdays March 6-April 3 5:30pm-6:30pm

Wednesdays March 6- April 3 7-8pm

$200.00/Dog (Etransfer)

$206.10/Dog (Credit Card)

Introduction to Scent Detection Continued

Lacombe Agricultural Grounds

This class is for those that have completed the Intro class or have been introduced to odor. We will build on Beginner skills, advancing our Container work to Trial level. We will also introduce Interior and Exterior (weather dependent) searches.

There will be a DOT TEST for WINTERGREEN on week 5

Dog MUST have completed the introduction to scent class to participate.

5 weeks

Tuesdays March 5-April 2 5:30-6:30pm

Thursdays March 7-April 4 7:00-8:00pm

$200.00/Dog (Etransfer)

$206.10/Dog (Credit Card)

Advanced Scent Detection

Lacombe Agricultural Grounds

This class is for those that have completed both Intro Classes or have basic skills in Scent work Class will focus on advancing beginner skills, preparing for trialing, and continuing scent work theory.

There will be a DOT TEST for PINE at the end of the 5 weeks

Dogs must have completed the Introduction to scent detection continued class to participate 

5 weeks

Thursdays March 7- April 4  5:30-6:30pm

$200.00/Dog (Etransfer)

$206.10/Dog (credit Card)


Passionate Paws Lacombe

Drop in is an opportunity to test your skills in trial like searches.

Each week new searches will be set up for container, interior and exterior (weather permitting)

Hides will be set and can be run blind or known (at handlers requested)

Dogs will get 3 runs in whatever combo of components

Wednesdays Feb  14, 21, 28  6:00-8:00pm

Fridays Feb 16 & 23  1:00-3:00pm

$31.50/ Dog (Etransfer)

$32.71/Dog (Credit Card)

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