Scentwork East Assessments

I understand that whilst they can be great fun, not everyone may wish to undertake the Scentwork UK Trials for a variety of reasons. With that in mind I have created some ‘in-house’ assessments so that you can still see your progression and your dogs progression and still also be recognised as moving foward just in a more informal way.

Assessment levels are as follows:

Foundation – To attain a Foundation certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* An understanding of scent only for introductory scent
* An understanding of ‘the game’
* Foundations of a partnership
* An ability to work independently and consistently with some small loss of focus or confidence allowed for overall
* Consistent finds of articles over several sessions – hidden to lower level rules
* Successful finds to be spread over all level 1 areas
* Handler to have understanding of use of basic cues and behaviours expected after use of cues

Skillbuilding – To attain a Skillbuilding certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* Fully understand the basic commands (i.e. start work, stop work, show me)
* An understanding of target scent along with an understanding of residual scent
* An ability to remain focused under mild distractions
* Consistent finds of articles spread over several sessions and environments that includes residual scent
* Handler to have a good understanding of when their dogs requires assistance.
* Handler to have a good understanding of subtle handling skills for their dog when it is in need of assistance.
* A solid indication (passive)
* Handler to have knowledge of at least 3 ‘games’ that can be played to assist dogs strength of indication

Skillfull – To attain a Skillfull certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* Handler to understand when their dog is on scent as opposed to novel odour
* Handler to be able to describe 3 things about their dog that tells them when they are on scent
* Handler to be able to problem solve (direct questions on this answered correctly)
* Dog to be able to hold passive indication under mild distraction
* Handler and Dog to have consistent set up / methodology when working
* Dog to be able to work past a previous find

Several Skills – To attain a Several Skills certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* Complete the scent pool challenge
* Be able to explain fully how scent behaves in the following conditions: Heat, Cold, Rain, Sunshine
* Dog to be able to hold indications through a higher level distractions, these are chosen to suit the dog i.e. dogs that do not like to be touched will not be

Skilltastic – To attain a Skilltastic certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* Handler to understand dogs body language on a no scent set up (blind test)
* Dog to be able to competently work two different scents on several carriers/articles
* Handler to be able to confidently set up searches for others, taking into account dogs working level and handler abilities
* Handler to be able to feed back on positive elements of their own searches
* Handler to be able to critique own searches and give improvements

Skillorific – To attain a Skillorific certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* Dog to be able to confidently and competently work through distractions scents
* Dog to be able to work on various carriers/scented articles
* To be able to positively critique and feed back to other teams
* Handler to be able to suggest searches and describe the positives and negatives of various set ups

Pure Skills – To attain a Pure Skills certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* Dog to be able to confidently and competently work three different odours
* To confidently and competently work searches on multiple carriers
* To hold indication under high level distractions
* To be able to work numerous environments
* Handler to be able to answer various questions on scentwork, working their own dog, suggestions for working through issues.
* To work areas blind with unknown number of hides
* Declare a search area clear

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