Canadian Kennel Club Introduces Scent Detection in Jan. 2019

Photo of a mother teaching her puppy sniffing. Photo © Hunter's Heart, 2018.

After years of discussions, we’re excited about the opportunity to compete in Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Scent Detection, starting Jan. 2019.

Small dog owners may be pleasantly surprised to see height divisions with specific guidelines for hide elevation. I appreciate how humans in the search area present an option for distractions in addition to food and toys, since they’re difficult to avoid in field deployments. Unfortunately for clubs, there are a lot of odors, which may include Wintergreen, Pine, Anise, Birch, Clove and/or Cypress.

Here’s an excerpt from the CKC Board Meeting Agenda (Gallery Copy from June 7&8, 2018), with preliminary proposed rules: CKC scent detection info june 8 2018 Agenda Gallery

We’re hopeful this will become a fun new venue for Canadian scent enthusiasts and will share additional information as it becomes available.

What do you think of the proposed rules? Let us know in the comments below.

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2 Comments on Canadian Kennel Club Introduces Scent Detection in Jan. 2019

  1. Millie Hartviksen // July 16, 2018 at 8:31 am // Reply

    Seems to be very similar to UKC except for the new addition of different height categories and different scents. I read somewhere that pine could be a poor choice as a dog could false alert on a 2 x 4. What does this mean for dogs working on earning their titles with UKC? That they can now earn titles with both organizations?


    • Yes, you can earn titles in as many organizations as you want. I think it would be less likely to cause false alerts if the target odor was something unusual, not generally found in households or consumer products e.g. Vetiver. But perhaps the original selections tried to identify oils that would be easy for all clubs and trainers to find?


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