Gulf Coast Classic Dog Show
Scent Work is a sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent and communicate to the handler that the scent has been found. Real-life detection dogs are trained to search for a variety of things–drugs, explosives, human remains, currency, other contraband, living humans (such as for Search and Rescue), and much more. AKC Scent Work takes this amazing working relationship and turns it into a fun game that any dog can play.
There’s not much you need to do to prepare for your first CAT besides get your dog in shape! You can also play with him often by giving him things to chase in your yard like plastic bags on a windy day, or toys and balls to run after. Just get him used to seeing something and chasing after it. As with all Coursing Ability Tests, the goal is not to harm any living animals so make sure you don’t encourage him to chase after any squirrels or other creatures running through your yard.
To be eligible to compete in AKC Scent Work, a dog must be:
- Registered with the AKC, or
- Listed with the AKC Purebred Alternative Listing/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP), or
- Listed with the Canine Partners program, and
- 6 months of age or older.
- Spayed females and neutered males are eligible to participate but females in season are not.
- Blind dogs and those with disabilities are encouraged to participate.
- No dog can compete if it is taped or bandaged or in any way has anything attached to it for medical purposes.
Getting an AKC Number
All-American Dogs (mixed breed)
Purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered:
Breeds on the road to full AKC recognition:
AKC Titles (suffixes)
Over 40 AKC Titles Available
Titles are available in each class such as Container, Exterior, Interior, Buried, Detective, Handler Disc., & Multi-class.
Scent Work Links
Elements, Difficulty Levels, Odors, Qualifying Performances