Scent work (also referred to as "Nose Work") was created based on the work that professional detection dogs perform. Rather than searching for illegal or dangerous substances, specific essential oils are placed on cotton swabs then hidden from both the handler and dog. Searches may be in different types of containers, interior spaces, exterior spaces, vehicles, or buried in sand and/or water. The dog must find the odor(s), indicate that location to the handler who then must call out the "find" to the judge.
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