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
* Handler to be able to describe 3 things about their dog that tells them when they are on scent
* Handler to understand dogs body language on a no scent set up (blind test)
* 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
* To follow…….

Skilltastic – To attain a Skilltastic certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* To follow……..

Skillorific – To attain a Skillorific certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* To follow……..

Pure Skills – To attain a Pure Skills certificate you and your dog must demonstrate the following:
* To follow……..

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