Hunter's Heart Scent Detection Training

Since 1999, Hunter's Heart K9 Scent Detection has trained thousands of teams worldwide, for scents ranging from medical alert service dogs to wildlife conservation, and pipeline leaks to the sport of nosework. 

Our evidence-based, motivational training supports scent detection, service dog and pet dog trainers and handlers. We'll set you up for success at every step in your journey: from selecting a puppy through certification and maintenance training.

How do we get sniffer dogs to search for hours, day after day? It needs to be fun.


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We'll set you up for success, at every stage of training your scent detection dog.


We'll show you how to train your dog, applying the secrets we use to train professional detection dogs and service dogs. Instead of tips like "trust your dog", we'll show you every step to train effectively and minimize frustration.

Fun = Motivation

Scent detection can become your dog's favorite game. Let your dog choose their favorite reward in a "taste test", then deliver a memorable reward event. 

Proven Protocols

The science of canine olfaction may seem overwhelming, but you don't need to reinvent the wheel. Our protocols have worked for thousands of students around the world and we'll help you to succeed.


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"It is a thrill to watch my puppy get so excited as she gets ready to perform that she can hardly sit still in anticipation of her next performance... The entire experience has been amazing and I would highly recommend Hunter's Heart. "


"I enjoy Carla's classes very much! She has a very positive and encouraging way of instructing and she always makes sure we and our dogs have fun while learning. Her method of teaching is clear, and provides a very sound foundation, so we see our dogs progress very quickly, with solid indications and the ability to be successful in a wide variety of environments. "


"Carla Simon has been a superb trainer and I have had exceptional results... and her methods have turned our exuberant but frenzied English Cocker Spaniel into a focused worker… She has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of canine behavior and motivation enabling both handler and dog to achieve proper techniques and behaviors. I plan on working with Carla for the foreseeable future and would strongly recommend anyone looking for an exceptional trainer and coach."



Sniffer dogs can detect everything from bombs to cancer. But because scent is invisible, handlers may pull their sniffer dog away from odor. Learn about scent detection errors in our peer-reviewed spring 2020 article for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. 

Introduce Your Dog to Scent Detection Online

While parks and classes are closed, it's a great time to train your dog to find a new scent e.g. handler discrimination or nosework. 

In our 7-Day Scent Challenge, you'll learn exactly how to train your dog to find scent in just 7 short training sessions. All you need is a glove that smells like you (or another scent), a 10x10 ft area, 8 boxes and high value food rewards. Get answers to your questions, troubleshooting by the instructor, and discuss with international students in our private Facebook group. 


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