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.
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
Select the AKC licensing process that best fits your needs:
All-American Dogs (mixed breed)
Purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered:
Breeds on the road to full AKC recognition: