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Sat, Mar 02


Saint Paul Dog Training Club

Introduction to Scentwork

The PWDCTC is hosting two half-day workshops with Scentwork judge, instructor and coach Holly Bushard. Holly is a dedicated competition detection coach, competitor, and judge. The morning event will be an introduction and the afternoon event will be for experienced teams.

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Time & Location

Mar 02, 2024, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Saint Paul Dog Training Club, 219 13th Ave S, South St Paul, MN 55075, USA


About the event

This session is for dog and handler teams that have little or no experience with scentwork. You will learn about the basics of scentwork and how to get more involved though training and eventually trialing.

Instructor: Holly Bushard is a dedicated competition detection coach, competitor, and judge. Her foundation began as a narcotics detection handler and rapidly expanded when she discovered the joy and excitement of competition scenting sports. Now, Holly coaches full time, actively judges for three venues (NACSW, AKC, and CPE) and competes at the highest levels of the sport whenever time allows. She has successfully competed at the elite level with three different dogs and was privileged to be partnered with the first whippet to achieve an Elite Championship in NACSW. She enjoys playing at Summit Level with her beloved Mahto.

Holly enjoys breaking scent work skills down into small pieces and constructing drills and exercises that focus on specific talent sets. She loves concentrating on increasing joy and confidence in the game for teammates on both ends of the leash. Holly’s students excel in the sport.

With a background in shelter work, a history of fostering dozens of dogs, over 20 years of experience as an instructor, 10 years as a therapy dog evaluator, and a competitor in obedience, agility, rally, and scent sport, Holly has the experience needed to be a creative and invested problem solver.

Who: Priority registration for working spots to PWDCTC members. After Friday, February 23rd, any remaining working spots will be opened to non-members.

Why:   Watch your dog learn to use her nose constructively!!!  Develop a working relationship and communication with your dog.  Fine tune your observation skills.

Cost:  Working spots

  • PWDCTC members - $65 per dog and handler team
  • Non-members - $85 per dog and handler team

     Auditing spots (no dog)

  • PWDCTC members - $20 per person
  • Non-members - $25 per person

What to bring:

  • Crate - There ARE wire crates available in the training area.  If you choose to use one, bring a pad or blanket
  • Leash (6 foot to enter and leave facility)
  • High value treats or toys
  • Water IS available

All participants must sign a Waiver.

Send questions to Stacy Runkle (

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