Vehicle Searches

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.

Considerations and Tips

  • 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.

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.

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