Target Odours

To compete in the sport of K9 Nose Work®, dogs will need to transition from searching for food or toys to searching for a “target odor”. Target odors for competition in ACSW K9 Nose Work® events are made using 100% cotton swabs, cut in half and scented with one of the three essential oils: Birch, Anise, and Clove.

Target odors are introduced in training in the following order:

Birch (“Sweet Birch” aka Betula Lenta)

Anise (“Aniseed” aka Pimpinella Anisum variety – NOT Star Anise, Illicium Verum)

Clove (“Clove Bud” aka Eugenia Caryophylatta or Syzgium Aromaticum)

Students enrolled in an Intro to Odor K9 Nose Work® class with a certified instructor will receive education on the responsible use of Odour & a small number of scented cotton swabs to use for practicing outside of class. If you have completed an Intro to Odor class and/or workshop, and you are interested in additional supplies for practicing, please contact your Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI).

Scented cotton buds are available through the ACSW. If you are interested, please contact