AKC® (American Kennel Club)

In AKC your dog must also be proficient in Birch, Anise and Clove but also Cypress. There is no odor recognition test required for AKC. The elements in AKC are similar with Container, Exterior and Interior however in AKC there is no Vehicle element, instead there is a Buried element. Like UKC you are not required to pass all four elements in one day to earn a title. You also earn ‘legs’ towards your overall title by passing each element but here you must pass each three times. In addition to earning your overall title once you have 3 passes in each element you will also earn an individual element title for containers, exterior, interior and buried. Your dog must be registered with AKC in order to participate in their events. Details on how to register and rules specific to AKC title levels can be found here


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The National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™) is dedicated to making high quality instructors available to students of the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work® through its Certified Nose Work Instructor Program.


At the AKC, we know that a well-trained dog is a joy to own. AKC classes provide a starting point for a lifetime of training and learning with your dog.


United Kennel Club (UKC) is an international dog registry celebrating bonds, rewarding ability, and preserving the value of a pedigree.


In C-WAGS you will find the most relaxed atmosphere of nose work. The odors are also Birch, Anise, Clove and Cypress but there are no distinct elements in this organization. It is a great venue to get your feet wet and test what you have learned.


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