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  • Resources | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Resources and Helpful Tips Here are some resources and helpful tips so you may get started with Cyber Scent Work, Inc. Interior Searches: General Requirements + As noted in the Rules and Regulations , Cyber Scent Work has the following requirements for interior search areas: Search area should have a minimum of 4 walls and a roof. Space must be free of any safety hazards (e.g. broken glass, garbage, sharp objects, exposed wires, etc. ). Size of the search area will depend upon the level of competition: Beginner: 100-200 sq ft Novice: 100-300 sq ft Intermediate: 100-500 sq ft Advanced: 100-800 sq ft Master: 100-1000 sq ft Expert: 100-1500 sq ft Exterior Searches: General Requirements + As noted in the Rules and Regulations , Cyber Scent Work has the following requirements for exterior search areas: Search area must be outside. Search area should have a maximum of 2 solid walls . Space may have a roof or overhang, such as a shelter in a park or overhang for a porch. Space must be free of any safety hazards (e.g. broken glass, garbage, sharp objects, poison traps, sudden drop-offs, etc .). Size of the search area will depend upon the level of competition: Beginner: 10-300 sq ft Novice: 100-500 sq ft Intermediate: 100-800 sq ft Advanced: 100-1000 sq ft Master: 100-1500 sq ft Expert: 100-2000 sq ft Vehicle Searches: General Requirements + As noted in the Rules and Regulations , Cyber Scent Work has the following requirements for vehicle searches: Search may be done in an inside or outside area. Hides may only be placed a maximum of 3’ off the ground on the OUTSIDE of the vehicle. NO hides may be placed inside the vehicle, including but not limited to, the glove compartment, in between the seats nor may hides be placed in the undercarriage of the vehicle. Number of vehicles used will depend on level (span of 2-10 vehicles per search ). "Vehicles" are items used for transportation such as: cars, SUVs, trucks, buses, boats, tractors, motorcycles, bicycles, wheelbarrows, riding lawn mowers, planes, etc. Container Searches: General Requirements + As noted in the Rules and Regulations , Cyber Scent Work has the following requirements for container searches: Search areas may be inside or outside. Containers must be a minimum of 24” apart from one another and any rows must be a minimum of 36” apart . Odor hides must be placed within an odor vessel (e.g. plastic tube or straw ) and placed close to a seam of said container to allow odor to escape. If elevated (on top of something, such as a chair seat or attached to a wall or lattice or suspended ), containers may not be any higher than 2’ off the ground. Containers are considered any item used to hold other items such as: boxes, toolboxes, lunch boxes, totes, buckets, bins, luggage, etc. Interior Searches: Specific Considerations + For food and paired odor searches , all hides must be accessible to the dog so they may self-reward. This means NO inaccessible hides and any hides elevated above the dog’s head MUST have a way for the dog to reach the hide itself (e.g. a hide placed on a bookshelf, the dog can climb on top of the couch next to the bookshelf to reach the hide ). For odor searches , ensure odor can escape the odor vessel (e.g. use metal tins with holes on top as opposed to solid tins with no holes ) and think about where the odor will travel. Ask yourself, “Can the dog follow the odor trail back to source?”. For levels where inaccessible hides are permitted (and you are NOT using food or paired odor hides ), ensure the odor vessel is placed toward the seam or opening to allow as much odor to escape as possible (e.g. if placing a hide inside a closet closet, place the hide near the door hinge ). Practice is the key to success, so handlers and assistants are urged to have previously designed and run searches playing with various elements and factors typical of interior searches. These include, but are not limited to, slick flooring where odor will skid across, rugs and similar flooring where odor will collect and pool, variances with HVAC (heating on/off, A/C on/off, fans on/off, windows open/closed, etc. ) and so on. Exterior Searches: Specific Considerations + For food and paired odor searches , all hides must be accessible to the dog so they may self-reward. This means NO inaccessible hides and any hides elevated above the dog’s head MUST have a way for the dog to reach the hide itself (e.g. a hide placed high on a pillar at a park, the dog can climb on top of the nearby picnic table next to the pillar to reach the hide ). For odor searches , ensure odor can escape the odor vessel (e.g. use metal tins with holes on top as opposed to solid tins with no holes ) and think about where the odor will travel. Ask yourself, “Can the dog follow the odor trail back to source?”. It is crucially important to think about the wind, where the odor will be going and whether the dog will have access to that odor trail (e.g. placing a hide on a fence but having the odor travel to the opposite site where the dog cannot access it ). For levels where inaccessible hides are permitted (and you are NOT using food or paired odor hides ), ensure the odor vessel is placed toward the seam or opening to allow as much odor to escape as possible. Practice is the key to success, so handlers and assistants are urged to have previously designed and run searches playing with various elements and factors typical of exterior searches. These include, but are not limited to, vegetation and standing water, sunny areas v. shadowy areas, weather conditions (dry, humid, cold, warm, raining, snowing, windy v. still day, etc. ) and time of day. Vehicle Searches: Specific Considerations + Only vehicles the handler and assistant have explicit permission to use may be used in searches filmed for Cyber Scent Work. For food and paired odor searches , all hides must be accessible to the dog so they may self-reward. This means NO inaccessible hides. For odor searches , ensure odor can escape the odor vessel (e.g. use metal tins with holes on top as opposed to solid tins with no holes ). Note that the surface of many vehicles can become extremely hot when sitting in the direct sunlight for even a short period of time. This could potentially burn a dog’s nose as they are sourcing a hide. Handlers and assistants should be mindful of this when they are designing their searches. All steps must be taken to avoid any damage to the vehicles. We should NOT promote dogs jumping up on vehicles if at all possible, so handlers and assistants should be mindful of where they place their hides. Practice is the key to success, so handlers and assistants are urged to have previously designed and run searches playing with various elements and factors typical of vehicle searches. These include, but are not limited to, orientation of the vehicles to one another, size of vehicles in relation to one another, wind direction and so on. Container Searches: Specific Considerations + For food and paired odor searches , all containers must be open to allow the dog to self-reward. All odor containers should be "aged" for 15-20 minutes before running the dog . This means placing the odor vessel inside the container and closing it to allow the container to fill with the odor. For odor searches , place the odor vessel near the seam of the container to allow the dog to properly source the hide. Use care when using insulated lunch bags as they can prevent odor to properly escape. For containers such as buckets, flower pots, baskets, etc., fill them with crinkle paper or crumpled up newspaper. For containers such as tote bags, fill them with crumpled newspaper instead of having them completely flat. Interior Searches: Search Options + While handlers and assistants are urged to be creative with the orientation of their containers, Cyber Scent Work does outline orientation options for each level of competition. These may include the following: straight row of containers two straight rows of containers three straight rows of containers two staggered rows of containers three staggered rows of containers scattered containers clusters of containers creating shapes with the containers (circle, square, U, Z, S, etc. ) elevated containers (affixed to a wall or lattice ) NOTE: The total number of containers to be used within each search area is outlined within the Rules and Regulations and is level-dependent. Exterior Searches: Search Options + Handlers and assistants are urged to be creative with the location and composition of their exterior search. The overall size of the search area is set by the level (please refer to the Rules and Regulations ). Some potential hide placements you may choose for your exterior search include, but are not limited to: Hide placed near the threshold of the search area. Hides placed around the perimeter of an area. Hides placed in the center of an area. Hides placed on landmarks or objects. Hides placed on trees or bushes. Hides placed underneath rocks. Hides placed on walls. Hides placed on fences. Hides placed in exterior corners of buildings. Hides placed underneath exterior doors or in door jams. Hides placed near exterior windows or window sills. Vehicle Searches: Search Options + While handlers and assistants are urged to be creative with the type of vehicles they use in their searches, Cyber Scent Work does outline orientation options for each level of competition. Some options may include: Straight row of vehicles. Staggered row of vehicles. Circle of vehicles. Square of vehicles. Triangle of vehicles. Vehicles perpendicular to one another. Vehicles side-by-side to one another. Container Searches: Search Options + While handlers and assistants are urged to be creative with the orientation of their containers, Cyber Scent Work does outline orientation options for each level of competition. These may include the following: straight row of containers two straight rows of containers three straight rows of containers two staggered rows of containers three staggered rows of containers scattered containers clusters of containers creating shapes with the containers (circle, square, U, Z, S, etc. ) elevated containers (affixed to a wall or lattice ) NOTE: The total number of containers to be used within each search area is outlined within the Rules and Regulations and is level-dependent. Setting hides + In formal Scent Work trials, highly experienced and talented trial officials will set the hides. Ensuring hides can indeed be found and are level-appropriate is an art! There are countless factors that may affect the odor picture, including but not limited to, weather, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, airflow and the presence or absence of objects in the environment. Since the goal of Cyber Scent Work is to promote as many dogs and handlers become involved in Scent Work as possible, we do NOT have a requirement that approved officials set the hides. We do, however, recommend that handlers and assistants learn as much as they can about odor theory. Here are some recommended resources: Hide Placement and Odor Movement Seminar taught by Laurel Scarioni Hound and Found’s How Scent and Airflow Works Tools for designing your search + Other helpful tools include a smoke pencil or dry ice, which can help one better visualize what odor may do within a given space. The Wind Tunnel Free app is another wonderful tool designed to provide a representation of what airflow may do within a given space. You may also be interested in the Tools to Help Design Your Scent Work Searches Webinar offered through Scent Work University. Importance of practicing + The biggest piece of advice is to practice setting hides and running the dog on them before submitting any entries to Cyber Scent Work. Practicing in this way will allow handlers and assistants to have a much better idea of what odor may do within a given environment. Advice when using food or paired odor hides + It is essential when using food and paired odor hides that the dog is able to reach the hide itself to self-reward. This means NO inaccessible hides (e.g. hides within closed drawers or closets ) or elevated hides that are above the dog’s head that lack a way for the dog to safely reach them. Here are some tips for food and paired odor hides: For food hides , we recommend balancing the treat/food on top of an empty metal tin or similar odor vessel that has never come into contact with odor. For paired hides , ensure any scented cotton swabs are placed inside the odor vessel and the treat is balanced on top of the outside of the odor vessel. Depending on where you place your hide, it may be easier to use stickier treats (e.g. liverwurst, peanut butter, etc. ). Even though these hides must be accessible, they can still be placed so they are not easily seen by the handler (e.g. the underside of a chair ). Removeable v. environmental hides + Whenever possible, placing a hide on a removable object is preferrable. This will keep the potential odor contamination in the space to a minimum. This does NOT mean that all search areas need to be staged or filled with objects that are out-of-place. Rather, handlers and assistants are urged to be creative in how they design their search areas. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking: Fake deadbolt with the odor vessel within it attached to the doorframe via a magnet. Fake rock that has the odor vessel within it. Extra weather stripping with the odor vessel within it and then placed over existing weather stripping. If placing an environmental hide (e.g. on a tree trunk, on a wall, on a piece of furniture, etc. ), be careful about the odor vessel you choose (ideally the handler will not be able to see it as they are working the dog ), ensure odor can indeed escape so the dog can source it and clean the area once the search is finished with an alcohol wipe or Dawn soap and water. Here are some considerations when placing an environmental hide: Are there any safety concerns? Where will the odor be potentially going? Will the dog still be able to source it? If placing a hide on a fence, where is the wind taking the odor? Is the dog blocked from getting to the odor itself? Where is the sun and shade and how will this affect the odor (will the odor rise and spread or fall and stay close to the hide itself)? Choosing a search area + The goal of Cyber Scent Work is to promote as many dogs as possible to participate in the game of Scent Work as possible. This may include dogs who have significant environmental sensitivities. As such, it is the responsibility of the handlers to choose search areas where their dogs will be safe and able to rise to the challenges of the search. Safety is of paramount importance, so if a handler determines it would be safer for a dog to only search in familiar locations (at home, at a friend’s house, at a dog training facility ), they may do so. This includes the upper levels of Cyber Scent Work where the requirements list “ideally, search a novel location”. Safety always comes first. RULES TO FOLLOW When choosing a search area, handlers must follow these rules: Dogs must be permitted on the grounds. If a business, written or verbal permission must be obtained prior to filming the searches. All steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the dog, the handler, the assistant, any volunteers and public at-large (human and canine alike ). Includes but not limited to scoping the area out ahead of time and passing on a location if loose dogs are commonplace. General guidelines for searching in public + When setting up a search area to be run and filmed for Cyber Scent Work, there are some general rules to keep in mind: The boundaries of the search area should be visibly marked with surveyor flags and/or painters tape. The entirety of the search area, including where the hides are located, must be included in the video submitted to Cyber Scent Work to review. All search areas must be left better than how handlers found them. All brought in objects removed. Dog is cleaned up after. Any garbage in the area is cleaned up and removed. All hides are counted, accounted for and retrieved. Any hide locations are wiped down with alcohol wipes or Dawn soap and water after the searches are done. Running the search + The goal of Cyber Scent Work is to provide a bridge between training and trialing. To that end, handlers are expected to run the searches as honestly as possible to get the most out of the feedback from Reviewing Officials. Cyber Scent Work assumes all submitted entries were filmed following the required Rules and Regulations . This includes following the required odor concentration, hide preparation, hide visibility to the handler and the handler’s awareness of hide placement prior to running the search. Calling Alert and Finish + Handlers must be certain to all “ALERT” and “FINISH” as loud and proud as they can to not only be heard by the assistant, but to be picked up on the video as well. This is especially important when running in outdoor spaces where there may be wind or vehicle traffic noise. Officiating the search + In all levels, the assistant who sets the hides should also be the one who repsonds with a “YES” or “NO” when the handler calls “ALERT”. Assistants must determine what will constitute as a “YES” call and what will constitute as a “NO” call for each individual hide. Once again, in formal Scent Work trials, these calls are made by experienced and talented officials who have extensive expertise reading environments, understanding what odor may be doing in any given moment and so on. These “correct call areas” may even be determined by an agreement between the hide setting official and the official making the “YES” or “NO” calls, depending on the trialing organization. Since Cyber Scent Work is not requiring certified or approved officials to set the hides or officiate the runs, we urge assistants to lean more toward saying “YES” than “NO”. Some examples may include: Hide is set on the upper spoke of a vehicle hubcap. Dog sniffs the center of the hubcap and shows a change of behavior. Handler calls “ALERT”. Should be a “YES” call. Hide is set on the underside of a chair toward the front of the seat. Dog hits on the chair from the side but is clearly sniffing the underside of the seat. Handler calls “ALERT”. Should be a “YES” call. Hide is set inside a closed storage shed for an exterior search as an inaccessible hide. Hide is placed near the hinge, but the dog hits on the bottom corner of the door below the hinge. Should be a “YES” call. When to call "Where?" + Should a handler call "ALERT" and the assistant is unclear where exactly this is, the assistant should respond with "WHERE?" to get more information from the handler. Once the handler indicates exactly where they are calling "ALERT", typically by pointing, the assistant should then respond with either "YES" or "NO". Here is an example of when this can happen: Dog shows interest in a chair where the hide is located but the handler does not call "ALERT". Dog moves off and starts sniffing a completely different chair. Handler is still looking at the correct chair and then calls "ALERT". It is unclear where they are calling "ALERT", the chair the handler is looking at or the chair the dog is now investigating. Therefore, the assistant should respond with "WHERE?". Importance of prompt assistant responses + Here is a video showing how odor vessels should be loaded. Target novel odors require special attention and handling to ensure we are not inadvertently contaminating the search area. Contamination in the search area can cause the dog to alert elsewhere, we do NOT want this to happen! As such, we strongly recommend all handlers and assistants follow these tips when storing and handling their odor: Store all target odors in air-tight cases away from any clean odor vessels, containers, adhesives (earthquake putty, GlueDots, etc. ) or other supplies you may use within your searches (surveyor flags, start line tape, staging supplies, clean objects, etc. ). Once an object has had a hide on or inside of it, it is now and forever considered an odor item! These odor items should be stored together and away from anything that is considered clean. Wear plastic gloves whenever handling odor (loading, placing or removing your hides ) and use tweezers to load any odor vessels. NO NAKED SCENTED COTTON SWABS! All scented cotton swabs MUST be contained within some sort of odor vessel (e.g. metal tins, straws, tubes, etc. ). If you are interested in learning more about preparing or storing odor, check out the Prepping and Storing Odor Webinar offered through Scent Work University. Recommended odor vendors + We recommend the following reputable vendors: All Good Dogs K9NW Source The K9 Nose Paws 4 Fun Odor preparation + BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE LEVELS For the Beginner-Intermediate levels, hides are expected to be prepared following the “24-hour” cooking method. Here is a video demonstrating how to prepare your odor. You will need the following: one large canning jar two smaller canning jars Minimum of 50 cotton swabs (with the paper straws ) cut in half Here are the steps for using this odor preparation method: The large canning jar is for holding your odor oil vial and dropper (which should be stored OUTSIDE the odor vial itself, since the essential oils are corrosive ). Fill one of the smaller canning jars with the cotton swab halves. Draw up some oil in the dropper and place 3-5 drops on the inner wall of the smaller canning jar with the cut cotton swabs. Return any unused oil back into the oil vial, close it, place the dropper OUTSIDE the vial and return the vial and dropper to the large canning jar. Close the smaller canning jar and shake it for several minutes. Allow this to sit and “cook” for 24-hours. NO formal cooking is necessary. We are simply allowing the odor vapors to permeate all the cotton swabs. In 24-hours, you may insert 3-5 scented cotton swabs into an odor vessel (e.g. metal tin, straw, tube, etc. ) to place within the search area. After a search is done, these scented cotton swabs may be removed from the odor vessel and placed into the second smaller canning jar. These scented cotton swabs may be reused for a few months in your practice sessions. ADVANCED - EXPERT LEVELS For the Advanced-Expert levels, hides are expected to be prepared by placing 2-drops of oil directly onto a single cotton swab (with the paper straws ) and only 1 scented cotton swab may be placed into an odor vessel (e.g. metal tin, straw, tube, etc. ). Once a search is done, scented cotton swabs should be removed from the odor vessel and stored inside a small canning jar. These may be reused for a few months in your practice sessions. Loading odor vessels + Here is a video showing how odor vessels should be loaded. Target novel odors require special attention and handling to ensure we are not inadvertently contaminating the search area. Doing so can cause the dog to alert on the odor contamination! As such, we strongly recommend all handlers and assistants follow these tips when storing and handling their odor: Store all target odors in air-tight cases away from any clean odor vessels, containers, adhesives (earthquake putty, GlueDots, etc .) or other supplies you may use within your searches (surveyor flags, start line tape, staging supplies, clean objects, etc .). Once an object has had a hide on or inside of it, it is now and forever considered an odor item! These odor items should be stored together and away from anything that is considered clean. Wear plastic gloves whenever handling odor (loading, placing or removing your hides) and use tweezers to load any odor vessels. NO NAKED SCENTED COTTON SWABS! All scented cotton swabs MUST be contained within some sort of odor vessel (e.g. metal tins, straws, tubes, etc.). If you are interested in learning more about preparing or storing odor, check out the Prepping and Storing Odor Webinar offered through Scent Work University. Filming the search + Here is a short list of what you will need to film your search: smartphone or video camera tripod or something to prop the camera up (recommended) light (if filming indoors, choose areas with lots of natural light and where you can also turn lights on) 2 cones to denote the start line surveyor flags or tape to denote the search area boundaries Here are some tips for success for filming your search: Hold your smartphone sideways to take a landscape video. This will allow the Review Official to get a better view of what is going on. Try to position your camera so the sun or brightest light source is behind the camera. Ensure there is enough light. When working indoors, open the shades and turn the lights on so it is as bright as possible. Ensure the Review Official will be able to see the entirety of the search area and the hides as well as the dog and handler team who is working. There is no need to zoom in while a team is working; the camera should be positioned in such a way that this is not necessary. The Review Official will need to hear the handler call out “ALERT” and “FINISH”, so make certain the handler knows to speak up, especially when working in exterior searches on windy days! Vehicle searches can be challenging to video. Having someone hold onto the camera is best so they can try to reposition if necessary to see the dog and handler team working. As long as the Review Official can see where the hides are in the video, you are good. Most importantly, don’t let the videoing piece be a stress point. You’ve got this! What to include in the video + An overview of the search area before the team runs indicating: The level, element and track and total number of hides within the search, including the number of noted and blind hides (e.g., Master, Interior, Food Track searches. Interior A with 3 total blind hides, Interior B with 2 total blind hides and Interior C is blank ). where the hides are (this can be done by standing back and pointing or walking up and indicating exactly where the hides are. ) where the start line and search area boundaries are. Show the entirety of the search, which includes: team approaching the start line team searching handler calling "FINISH" NOTE: For consecutive searches, be sure to include all the individual searches for both the overview of the search area, showing the relationship of the search areas to one another and the team searching in each. Get Started Today We make the process as easy as possible. Create an account. Register your dog. 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  • FAQs | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    FAQs Here are a collection of some of the commonly asked questions we have received about Cyber Scent Work, Inc. ​ Do not see your question below? Contact us! We are always happy to help! Contact Us I have a puppy. Can we play too? + Yes! As long as your puppy is 6-months or older, they may participate in Cyber Scent Work, Inc. What if my dog is not on odor yet? Can I still play? Can I use food or paired hides? + Yes! Our goal is to promote more dogs to play the sniffing game. So, if you and your dog are using food or paired odor hides, we still want you to participate! We offer three distinct hide tracks to choose from: Food Hide Track , Paired Odor Hide Track and Odor Hide Track . Okay, but would I have to stay in a given track? + No! You may do multiple hide tracks at once, move around among them or switch. As an example, you may submit 3 Interior Beginner searches using the Food Hide Track, earning a Interior Beginner Element Food Track Title . You then decide to submit 3 additional Interior Beginner searches using the Odor Hide Track. If you passed all of those searches, you would then earn your Interior Beginner Element Odor Track Title . Wait…isn’t the Food Hide Track only for beginners? + No! There may be dog and handler teams who are never going to train on target odors and have no plans of formally competing. Having their dogs do the searches as laid out in these rules and hunting for food is just as impressive as if they were hunting for target odor. It is also possible that highly-experienced dog and handler teams who are already formally competing are either addressing an enthusiasm issue or have retired from formal competition and have chosen to now use food hides in their searches. Is there a limit to how many dogs I can submit videos for? + No! You may register as many dogs as you like, the more the merrier! When you do submit your videos, they will be separated by dog to ensure that we are applying the correct results to the right pup. I already have a ton of videos of my dog doing training. Can’t I just submit those? + Sorry. We need the searches to follow the Rules and Regulations we have outlined for each element and level. If a submitted search does not follow these guidelines, it will not pass. That being said, please do not look upon the videos you have on-hand as a waste. They are great training tools that you should refer back to often, as they can help to highlight what you and your dog’s strengths and weaknesses are and how to tackle those in your training going forward. How should I video these searches? + Great question! If you have a smartphone, that is really all you need. Having a tripod can be extremely helpful, but someone can hold onto the camera as well. As far as what we need to see on your video: The search area, including the start line and boundaries. Where the hides are BEFORE the dog and handler run. The entirety of the search itself (the dog and handler team approaching the start line, crossing it, their entire search, when the handler calls “ALERT” and when says “FINISH” to end the search). Do you have any tips about the video itself? + Certainly! Hold your smartphone sideways to take a landscape video. This will allow the reviewer to get a better view of what is going on. Try to position your camera so the sun or brightest light source is behind the camera. Ensure there is enough light. When working indoors, open the shades and turn the lights on so it is as bright as possible. Ensure the CSW Review Official will be able to see the entirety of the search area and the hides as well as the dog and handler team who is working. There is no need to zoom in while a team is working; the camera should be positioned in such a way that this is not necessary. The CSW Review Official will need to hear the handler call out “ALERT” and “FINISH”, so make certain the handler knows to speak up, especially when working in exterior searches on windy days! Vehicle searches can be challenging to video. Having someone hold onto the camera is best so they can try to reposition if necessary to see the dog and handler team working. As long as the reviewer can see where the hides are in the video, you are good. Most importantly, don’t let the videoing piece be a stress point. You’ve got this! Am I allowed to edit my video? + The only edits that are permitted is the combining of multiple clips. For instance, the footage of how the search area is designed and the team actually running the search may be two separate videos. You may, and should, combine these into one file. Other types of edits are not permitted, such as adding annotations, text, graphics, music or splicing a search (e.g. having a dog run a search twice and trying to be sneaky with editing to make it look like it was a single search ). How do I get my videos to you? + Once you have finalized your video, upload it onto YouTube. You may choose to have this be a Public or Unlisted video, that is entirely up to you. To get the video to us, all you need to do is go to YouTube, find your video, click on SHARE and then click on COPY to copy the shown URL. You will then paste this URL into the order form that you will submit to us. Am I able to submit multiple videos for a single run and have you review them all? + Participants are limited to submitting a single video for a single run, which will be reviewed by the Cyber Scent Work Review Official. However, if you wanted to submit three runs in an element, Beginner Interiors for example, you would submit three separate orders, each of which would have its own individual video associated with it for us to review. This doesn’t seem so bad, I think I will submit all the orders and videos I need to earn my level title right away! + While you could do that, we strongly encourage everyone to limit themselves to submitting a single order when they first participate with Cyber Scent Work. What we offer is entirely different from formal Scent Work competitions and we want to ensure you are familiar with our review process and what we are looking for. Once you are, feel free to submit as many orders and videos as you like! Do I need to start at the Beginner level? + No. We believe that you know best where your dog is both training and experience level-wise. Therefore, you may start at any level you wish. That being said, if you are just starting out, we highly recommend that you start off at the Beginner level. Do I have to go up to the next level once I earn a level title? + No! At Cyber Scent Work, we believe in offering choice and granting as much freedom to the dog and handler teams as possible. Again, you know your dog best. Maybe they are really loving the Advanced-level searches but you think the Master-level searches will be too much for them right now. No worries! You may stay in Advanced for as long as you like. Even better, you may go DOWN a level whenever you wish. This can be especially helpful for senior dogs or dogs who are coming off of an injury or illness. Allowing your dog to still play the game without exhausting or straining themselves is a wonderful thing. If I choose the Odor Hide Track, what odor concentration do I need to use? + Good question! We’ve designed Cyber Scent Work to utilize the two most common odor preparation options seen in trial. The breakdown is as follows: For the Beginner, Novice and Intermediate-levels , you are to follow the “24-hour cooking method”. This means that you will fill a canning jar with cotton swab (with the paper straws ) halves and place 3-5 drops of target oil on the inner wall of this jar. Close the lid, shake the jar and allow it to sit for 24-hours. You may then use 3-5 cotton swabs per odor vessel. For the Advanced, Master and Expert-levels , you are to place 2-drops of target odor onto each individual cotton swab and place only 1 scented cotton swab into an odor vessel. How will you know if I am using the right odor concentration or odors?! + This is where the honor system will come into play. Just know that we have designed the requirements to help you and your dog be as prepared as possible. So, if corners are cut, you will not enjoy full benefits Cyber Scent Work has to offer. Where can I order the target odors? + Great question! There are several reputable Scent Work vendors you may choose from: All Good Dogs K9NW Source The K9 Nose Paws 4 Fun We highly recommend going through one of these reputable vendors as opposed to purchasing essential oils through a service such as Amazon. What type of odor vessels should I use? + The more variety, the better! Some examples include metal tins, straws, lip balm tubes, etc. The main thing is you MUST use an odor vessel in the searches you set-up for Cyber Scent Work - no naked q-tips ! Who sets the hides? + Hides are set by an assistant. They do NOT need to be approved or certified through Cyber Scent Work. The main thing is that they are familiar with the Rules and Regulations and follow the guidelines set for each level and element. We strongly recommend that gloves be worn whenever handling or setting odor, particularly when you are searching in areas other than home. Do I need any other special equipment? + Great question! For our purposes, the only equipment that is required is the target odors, the odor vessels, something to affix the hides (earthquake putty, Gluedots, etc. ) as well as start line cones and boundary flags or cones. The start line cones and boundary flags/cones help the reviewer determine the size and composition of the search area. Should Interior and Exteriors search areas be natural or staged? + Great question! This is entirely up to you and what is easiest for you to do. We encourage everyone to be creative in setting up their searches, while also stretching their dogs. This means having a true exterior search that does not have a lot of other “stuff” in it can be a great challenge for the dogs. But you must also balance this with the level of competition and experience-level of the dog. All of that to say, we are not against staged search areas but urge everyone to find ways to create natural search areas as well. Are the searches still timed? + Yes. Each level has a designated time limit. For instance, in the Beginner level, dog and handler teams have 2:00 minutes to find all of the hides in each of the individual searches. Time begins once the dog’s nose crosses the start line and will end when the handler calls “FINISH”. Do I get a 30-second warning? + Yes. The assistant, or another volunteer, should be timing the search and should announce to the dog and handler team when they have 30-seconds remaining. Do I have to call “ALERT”? + Yes. When a dog has found a hide, the handler should call an assertive, “ALERT!”. Handlers should be certain to call this “ALERT” loud and proud so that not only the assistant can hear them but so that their response is picked up on the camera as well. Some handlers may prefer to raise their arm instead of calling a verbal “ALERT”. In Cyber Scent Work, the verbal “ALERT” is required, but handlers may raise their arm as well. Do I have to call “FINISH”? + Yes. Handlers should call “FINISH” when they believe their dog has found all of the hides in the search area. Doing so will stop the time for the search. Handlers should be certain to call “FINISH” loud and proud to ensure they are heard by not only the assistant but also the camera. For blank searches, handlers will also call "FINISH" when they believe their dog has successfully cleared the space. Why are there no buried or handler discrimination searches? + Great question! Cyber Scent Work is designed to help promote the activity of Scent Work to as many dog and handler teams as possible. With that in mind, we found that the buried searches were too cumbersome or potentially hazardous to the dogs. For handler discrimination, while we do think this is a fun game for people to play with their dogs, our main focus is on dogs hunting for novel target odors. That being said, we may add more search divisions at a later date. Why are the hides known in the Beginner through Intermediate levels? + Fantastic question! Since Cyber Scent Work is positioned to be an intermediary between training and trialing, as you move from Beginner to Intermediate, we remove one known hide at each level, as a way of transitioning people from the training mind space to a more trialing one, increasing confidence along the way. By having known hides, Cyber Scent Work Officials are able to determine if the dog is truly hunting or if the handler is merely leading them around the search area. Officials can also isolate the unintentional ways handlers may be leading or hinting to their dogs where a hide is while also highlighting parts of a search they may have missed entirely. What are consecutive searches? + Consecutive searches are when a dog and handler team must complete one search and then immediately go on to complete another in the same element. Consecutive searches are introduced in the Advanced level. So an example of a consecutive search in the Advanced-level would be Interior A → Interior B and there would be 4 total hides split among them (e.g. 3 hides in Interior A and 1 hide in Interior B ). Consecutive searches are a great way to test the physical and mental endurance of a dog and handler team while getting them ready for what they will face at formal Scent Work trials. What are blank searches? + A blank search is a search area that does not contain ANY odor in it. These searches are an excellent way to determine if dogs really know what the game is all about: finding the source of a target odor, or if they are simply “alerting” on items or stuff in the search area. How do I pass a search? + Great question! With Cyber Scent Work, all dog and handlers teams are assessed against 20-test items for every search they submit. Each test item counts for 5-points. We have a sliding scale of the amount of points a dog or handler team may need for a given level. For instance, teams only need to earn 70 points to pass a Beginner search whereas they need 90-points to pass an Advanced search. Teams may also earn faults during their search, with each fault costing them 5-points. However, there is also the opportunity for teams to earn bonus points during their search, each of which will earn a team 2-points. When should I expect my review? + All reviews, feedback and training advice will be sent to you within 7-business days of you submitting your videos. What if I fail a search?! + First off, please don’t fret. This is good information for you! Since Cyber Scent Work is designed to provide training advice to help dog and handler teams further improve, you will still receive the feedback you need to help you pass the next time! In other words, pass or fail, you will receive our valuable feedback and training advice. How great is that? Who do I contact if I have any other questions? + You may always reach out to the President of Cyber Scent Work, Dianna L. Santos at dianna@cyberscentwork.com . She will be happy to help you. IT IS EASY TO GET STARTED Create your account, register your dog and submit your entry - get started on the fun today! Get Started Now

  • Titles Earned | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Titles Earned The first Saturday of every month, we will update the listing of earned Element and Level Titles, as a way to shout out our clients on their incredible achievements. See Element Titles See Level Titles Last updated: June 4, 2022 Level Titles Earned "Rick" Rickon Lisa Bartel Cyber Sniffer Beginner Paired Odor Track Level Title "Spirit" Spirit Jade Woodhouse Cyber Sniffer Intermediate Level Title "Nolee" Crossroads Sweet Magnolia Dream Melissa LeVier Cyber Sniffer Novice Level Title "Spirit" Spirit Jade Woodhouse Cyber Sniffer Novice Level Title "Daci" Alfheim Akaya's One Day At A Time Deb Maicach Cyber Sniffer Intermediate Level Title "Leia" Leia Pawlowski Lenore Pawlowski Cyber Sniffer Novice Level Title "Encore" Encore Von Den Sturmfalken Laurie Ucasz Cyber Sniffer Novice Level Title "Logan" StoneyAcre Sir Knight Shadows Kathy Plowucha Cyber Sniffer Novice Level Title "Riot" Dublin Rise's Secret Journey Sue Glinski Cyber Sniffer Novice Level Title "Nolee" Crossroads Sweet Magnolia Dream Melissa LeVier Cyber Sniffer Beginner Level Title 1 1 ... 1 ... 1 Element Titles Earned "Murphy" Murphy Gabriella Green Interior Novice Element Title "Rick" Rickon Lisa Bartel Exterior Beginner Paired Odor Element Title "Didgeri" Didgeri Madeline McAlister Container Beginner Food Track Element Title "Harry" Herrick Tracy Martin Container Beginner Food Track Element Title "Logan" StoneyAcre Sir Knight Shadows Kathy Plowucha Container Intermediate Element Title "Logan" StoneyAcre Sir Knight Shadows Kathy Plowucha Interior Intermediate Element Title "Rick" Rickon Lisa Bartel Vehicle Beginner Paired Odor Element Title "Shade" Shades Of Blue Carol Wyatt Vehicle Beginner Element Title "Abby" Abby Anne Coughlin Container Novice Element Title "Spirit" Spirit Jade Woodhouse Container Intermediate Element Title "Spirit" Spirit Jade Woodhouse Interior Intermediate Element Title "Spirit" Spirit Jade Woodhouse Vehicle Intermediate Element Title 1 2 3 4 5 1 ... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... 7 IT IS EASY TO GET STARTED Create your account, register your dog and submit your entry - get started on the fun today! Get Started Now

  • Home | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Cyber Scent Work, Inc. Online Scent Work Testing with Training Feedback Completely virtual. Video your Scent Work searches. Earn titles and ribbons. Receive helpful training advice. Best of both worlds: training and trialing! See the Rules Get Started How Does This Work? We've made the process as easy as possible: ​ Read over the Rules. Create a free account with us. Register your dog. One-time lifetime fee.​ Video your search. Choose the level , search element and odor track .​ Submit your video entry. Our Review Officials will review your entry. Within 7-business days receive your results: Video review.​ Score card. Recommended resources. Training feedback. Earn qualifying scores toward titles and ribbons.​ Easy Right? Get Started Now! CYBER SCENT WORK IS FOR ALL DOGS If your dog has a fully functioning nose and is over 6-months in age, they can play with Cyber Scent Work! Is This For Me? Cyber Scent Work is for all dog and handler teams who love Scent Work! ​ Does your dog love to sniff? This is a wonderful way to have them play the sniffy game. Are you training in Scent Work right now? Test your skills and receive tips on how to further progress. Are you interested in formally competing? Ensure you and your dog are ready to rock those trials! Are there no local training or trialing options near you? No worries! Being completely virtual, you can always play with us. Does your dog struggle at in-person trials? Pick locations and set-ups that will help YOUR dog succeed. Are you a Scent Work instructor? Offer CSW Test Prep Classes and help your clients further improve. Are you a shelter staff or volunteer member? Provide enrichment by getting your resident dogs sniffing! PERFECT COMBO OF TRAINING AND TRIALING Remove the guesswork. Have your Scent Work search reviewed, scored and receive individualized training feedback all at once! To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Meet a Few Teams They are all sniffing stars! Not only have they earned qualifying scores, titles and pretty ribbons, they have developed more skills and grown as impressive dog and handler teams! Learn More About Us We are passionate about Scent Work. Our ultimate goal is to get more dogs playing the sniffy game! ​ Professional Scent Work instructors and trial officials, the founders of Cyber Scent Work, Inc. saw firsthand the benefits Scent Work affords dogs and handlers alike. Thus, they created Cyber Scent Work, Inc. to ensure as many teams as possible can participate in this wonderful activity. ​ We are incredibly fortunate to be joined by a group of highly experienced and talented Review Officials who share our passion for Scent Work and desire to help dogs and handlers grow into even better teams. Learn More Dianna L. Santos, President Sean McMurray, Vice President Contact Us Cyber Scent Work, Inc. 2060 D Avenida De Los Arboles #564 Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-1361 info@cyberscentwork.com We want to hear from you! Please submit the short form below and we get back to you as soon as we can! Submit Thank you for contacting us, we will bein touch soon. STAY IN THE KNOW Learn about all that is happening at Cyber Scent Work, Inc., receive training tips, hear about the latest title earners and more! Join the Newsletter Now

  • Expert Level | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Expert Level Points # of Hides Blind Hides Inaccessible Hides Hide Height Time Limit Distractors Con. Searches Blank Searches Odor Puzzle 95 points Maximum of 10 total hides across three consecutive searches per Element; Birch, Anise and Clove (if using target odor) ALL HIDES MUST BE BLIND 1 per Element Maximum of 6’ 9:00 minutes to complete all consecutive searches Toy Food People Sound Movement YES; 3 consecutive searches per Element. YES - One in each Element Endurance odor puzzle Search Location Ideally novel location ( e.g. dog-friendly business, public park, etc. ) Requirements Each Individual Search INTERIORS: Ideally a novel location (e.g. dog-friendly business, park, etc .). Interior space requirements: between 100- 1500 sq ft. EXTERIORS: Ideally a novel location (e.g. dog-friendly business, park, etc. ). Exterior space requirements: between 100-2000 sq ft. VEHICLES: 3-10 vehicles to be used. Vehicle orientation options : may use a straight row, side-by-side, circle, triangle or perpendicular orientation. CONTAINERS: 25-35 containers to be used. Container orientation options: may use a straight row, two straight rows, three straight rows, two staggered rows, three staggered rows, scattered, clusters, or shapes (circle, square, U, Z, S, etc.) or containers may be elevated. See All The Levels IT IS EASY TO GET STARTED Create your account, register your dog and submit your entry - get started on the fun today! Get Started Now

  • Advanced Level | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Advanced Level Points # of Hides Blind Hides Inaccessible Hides Hide Height Time Limit Distractors Con. Searches Blank Searches Odor Puzzle 70 points 4 total hides across two consecutive searches per Element; Birch, Anise and Clove (if using target odor) ALL HIDES MUST BE BLIND NO Maximum of 5’ 5:00 minutes to complete both consecutive searches in a given Element (e.g. Interior A and Interior B) Toy Food People YES; 2 consecutive searches per Element. NONE Distance odor puzzle Search Location Ideally novel location ( e.g. dog-friendly business, public park, etc. ) Requirements Each Individual Search INTERIORS: Ideally a novel location (e.g. dog-friendly business, park, etc. ). Interior space requirements: between 100- 800 sq ft. EXTERIORS: Ideally a novel location (e.g. dog-friendly business, park, etc. ). Exterior space requirements: between 100-1000 sq ft. VEHICLES: 3-5 vehicles to be used. Vehicle orientation options : may use a straight row, side-by-side, circle, triangle or perpendicular orientation. CONTAINERS: 15-20 containers to be used. Container orientation options: may use a straight row, two straight rows, three straight rows, two staggered rows, three staggered rows, clusters, a circle or square. See All The Levels IT IS EASY TO GET STARTED Create your account, register your dog and submit your entry - get started on the fun today! Get Started Now

  • Intermediate Level | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Intermediate Level Points # of Hides Blind Hides Inaccessible Hides Hide Height Time Limit Distractors Con. Searches Blank Searches Odor Puzzle 90 points 3 hides; 1 hide is noted; Birch, Anise and Clove (if using target odor) 2 HIDES MUST BE BLIND NO Maximum of 4’ 3:00 minutes Toy Food NONE NONE NONE Search Location Familiar location ( e.g. home, friend’s house, training center ) Requirements Each Individual Search INTERIORS: May be a familiar location (e.g. home, friend’s house, training center ). Interior space requirements: between 100- 500 sq ft. EXTERIORS: May be a familiar location (e.g. front/backyard, friend’s house, training center, etc. ). Exterior space requirements: between 100-800 sq ft. VEHICLES: 3-5 vehicles to be used. Vehicle orientation options : may use a straight row, side-by-side, circle, triangle or perpendicular orientation. CONTAINERS: 15-20 containers to be used. Container orientation options: may use a straight row, two straight rows, three straight rows, two staggered rows, three staggered rows, clusters or a circle. See All The Levels IT IS EASY TO GET STARTED Create your account, register your dog and submit your entry - get started on the fun today! Get Started Now

  • Beginner Level | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Beginner Level Points # of Hides Blind Hides Inaccessible Hides Hide Height Time Limit Distractors Con. Searches Blank Searches Odor Puzzle 70 points 2 hides; all hides noted; Birch (if using target odor) NONE NO Maximum of 2’ 2:00 minutes NONE NONE NONE NONE Search Location Familiar location ( e.g. home, friend’s house, training center ) Requirements Each Individual Search INTERIORS: May be a familiar location (e.g. home, friend’s house, training center ). Interior space requirements: between 100- 200 sq ft. EXTERIORS: May be a familiar location (e.g. front/backyard, friend’s house, training center, etc .). Exterior space requirements: between 100-300 sq ft. VEHICLES: 2-4 vehicles to be used. Vehicle orientation options : may use a straight row, side-by-side or perpendicular orientation. CONTAINERS: 10-12 containers to be used. Container orientation options: may use a straight row, two straight rows, three straight rows, two staggered rows or three staggered rows. See All The Levels IT IS EASY TO GET STARTED Create your account, register your dog and submit your entry - get started on the fun today! Get Started Now

  • Master Level | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Master Level Points # of Hides Blind Hides Inaccessible Hides Hide Height Time Limit Distractors Con. Searches Blank Searches Odor Puzzle 80 points 5 total hides across three consecutive searches per Element; Birch, Anise and Clove (if using target odor) ALL HIDES MUST BE BLIND 1 per Element Maximum of 6’ 7:00 minutes to complete all consecutive searches Toy Food People Sound YES; 3 consecutive searches per Element. YES - One in each Element Silly handler odor puzzle Search Location Ideally novel location ( e.g. dog-friendly business, public park, etc. ) Requirements Each Individual Search INTERIORS: Ideally a novel location (e.g. dog-friendly business, park, etc.). Interior space requirements: between 100- 1000 sq ft. EXTERIORS: Ideally a novel location (e.g. dog-friendly business, park, etc.). Exterior space requirements: between 100-1500 sq ft. VEHICLES: 3-6 vehicles to be used. Vehicle orientation options : may use a straight row, side-by-side, circle, triangle or perpendicular orientation. CONTAINERS : 20-25 containers to be used. Container orientation options: may use a straight row, two straight rows, three straight rows, two staggered rows, three staggered rows, scattered, clusters, or shapes (circle, square, U, S, etc.) or containers may be elevated. See All The Levels IT IS EASY TO GET STARTED Create your account, register your dog and submit your entry - get started on the fun today! Get Started Now

  • Novice Level | Cyber Scent Work, Inc.

    Novice Level Points # of Hides Blind Hides Inaccessible Hides Hide Height Time Limit Distractors Con. Searches Blank Searches Odor Puzzle 80 points 3 hides; 2 hides noted; Birch and Anise (if using target odor) 1 HIDE MUST BE BLIND NO Maximum of 3’ 2:30 minutes Toy NONE NONE NONE Search Location Familiar location (e.g. home, friend’s house, training center) Requirements Each Individual Search INTERIORS: May be a familiar location (e.g. home, friend’s house, training center ). Interior space requirements: between 100- 300 sq ft. EXTERIORS: May be a familiar location (e.g. front/backyard, friend’s house, training center, etc. ). Exterior space requirements: between 100-500 sq ft. VEHICLES: 2-4 vehicles to be used. Vehicle orientation options : may use a straight row, side-by-side or perpendicular orientation. CONTAINERS: 12-15 containers used. Container orientation options: may use a straight row, two straight rows, three straight rows, two staggered rows or three staggered rows. See All The Levels IT IS EASY TO GET STARTED Create your account, register your dog and submit your entry - get started on the fun today! Get Started Now