Blue Line K9 Scent Detection

Blue Line K9 holds a few odor recognition classes each year. Those classes will focus on how to teach your dog to recognize an odor and alert you to the presence of that odor. This skill is an extremely rewarding experience for you and your dog. Take this new skill and compete in competitions through NACSW or AKC Scent Work trails for an even more rewarding experience. Learn from our experience as Police K9 Handlers to teach your dog this new skill.

Generally, a good candidate for scent detection dog has high food drive and high hunt drive. Contact us to set up a time to evaluate your dogs food and hunt drive.

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All classes will be held at the Blue Line K9 Training Center, 304 E First St., Middleton ID.

Recognized odors for AKC and NACSW; Birch (Betula lenta), Anise, Clove, and Cypress. Each handler will need their own scent kit. Scent kit options below.


The class meets once a week for 6 weeks for an hour and a half. The class will teach you how to take what your dog knows how to do best and use it to amaze you. The classes will start by teaching your dog how to use their nose to find its food or toy. Then we teach you how transition from associating the odor of the food or toy to the odors recognized by AKC and NACSW.



Owner and trainer, Jacob Fowler, is a U.S. Navy Veteran. He served in the Navy for over 6 years before entering law enforcement. Jacob entered a career as a Police Officer for the Ventura Police Department in southern California and quickly learned the value of a working dog.

After 4 years as a patrol officer, Jacob became a Police K9 Officer where he attended the Inglis Police Dog Academy. The Inglis Police Dog Academy has over 30 years of experience training and certifying Police K9’s. After Completing the K9 Patrol Academy,Jacob worked a dual purpose K9(protection/detection) for the next 6 years assisting patrol officers, SWAT teams, Narcotic Units, County Law Enforcement Task Units, and federal agencies.

The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs), employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances.

In AKC Scent Work, dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress.

The cotton swabs are hidden out of sight in a pre-determined search area, and the dog has to find them.


The Leerburg Nosework Scent Kit for NACSW is a small portable training aid that allows you to train nosework anywhere, anytime. Our kit contains all three target odors that people train nosework dogs to search for as well as everything else you will need to get started in nosework. Each Leerburg Nosework Training Aid Kit contains a jar with 36 non-scented cotton swabs for each of the three common target odors, Birch, Anise, and Clove.


The AKC Scent Work Kit is a small, portable training aid that allows you to train scent work anywhere at anytime. This kit contains four target odors that people train scent work dogs to search for as well as everything else you will need to get started in scent work. Each AKC Scent Work Kit contains a jar with 36 non-scented cotton swabs for each of the four common target odors, Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress.