When searching at the Advanced level, the:

  • team is looking for two hides
  • scent is Birch and/or Anise
  • official time shall start when the dog’s nose crosses the start line, or when any part of the handler’s body crosses the start line, whichever is first
  • official time shall stop when the handler calls “Alert” two times, then “Finish”
Eight tote boxes will be placed in the search area, in any arrangement. Each box will be filled equally, with enough water that the submerged scent vessel will be covered with four inches of water. Each of the boxes will have a scent vessel affixed to the bottom. Two of the scent vessels will contain a scent aid scented with either Birch or Anise. There is one non-food distraction at this level. The dog has three minutes to locate the target scents and communicate the finds to its handler. The handler must call “Alert” when the dog indicates each find. After the second “Alert” call, the handler must call “Finish” to indicate that both hides have been found and to stop the time. The Buried Advanced Class is open to dogs who have acquired the Buried Novice (SBN) title.
Fifteen containers of various size and type are laid out on the floor of the search area. The containers may be arranged in three rows of five containers, in a circle, or in a “U” formation. Two of the containers hold the target odor, which may be Birch or Anise (each scent vessel may contain the same odor, or one may contain Birch and the other may contain Anise). One non-food distraction will be placed in the search area. The distraction may be in a container or loose in the search area. If in a container, it may NOT be in the same container as the odor. The dog has two minutes to locate the containers with the target scents and communicate the finds to its handler. The handler must call “Alert” when the dog indicates each find. After the second “Alert” call, the handler must call “Finish” to indicate that both hides have been found and to stop the time. The Container Advanced Class is open to dogs who have acquired the Container Novice (SCN) title.
The target odors of Birch and/or Anise are hidden in an outdoor area. There are two hides at this level, which must be accessible and may not be located higher than 36 inches (3 feet) above the ground. Each scent vessel may contain the same odor, or one may contain Birch and the other may contain Anise. There will be one non-food distraction. The dog must find the target scents and communicate the finds to its handler. The handler must call “Alert” when the dog indicates the finds. After the second “Alert” call, the handler must call “Finish” to indicate that both hides have been found and to stop the time. The time limit is set by the judge and must be between 2 and 4 minutes. The Exterior Advanced Class is open to dogs who have acquired the Exterior Novice (SEN) title.
The target odors are hidden in a room or part of a room. The target odors of Birch or Anise are hidden within the search area. There are two hides at this level, which must be accessible and may not be located higher than 36 inches (3 feet) off the floor. Each scent vessel may contain the same odor, or one may contain Birch and the other may contain Anise. There will be one non-food distraction. The dog must find the target scents and communicate the finds to its handler. The handler must call “Alert” when the dog indicates each find. After the second “Alert” call, the handler must call “Finish” to indicate that both hides have been found and to stop the time. The time limit is set by the judge and must be between 1 and 3 minutes. The Interior Advanced Class is open to dogs who have acquired the Interior Novice (SIN) title.

This is an Interior Search. The handler-scented article – which must be a cotton ball or cotton swab – is hidden in a room or part of a room. There is one hide at this level, which must be accessible and may not be located higher than 24 inches off the floor. Also hidden on the course is one scent aid scented by the judge. The dog must locate the handler scent and communicate the find to its handler. The handler must call “Alert” when the dog indicates the find. The time limit is set by the judge and must be between 2 and 5 minutes. The Handler Discrimination Advanced Class is open to dogs who have earned the Handler Discrimination Novice (SHDN) title.

ElementBURIEDCONTAINEREXTERIORINTERIOR
Target OdorBirch and/or Anise
# Hides2 known
# Containers610n/an/a
Arrangementany3 rows of 5, circle, or "U" formationn/an/a
container typeTote boxes with metal grid on topVarious sizes and typesn/an/a
Time Limit*3 min2 min1-3 min2-4 min
Distractions1 non-food
Required Call2 Alert calls and one finish call
Max. Height of Hidesn/an/a36"24"
*If there is a time limit range, it will be set by the judge prior to your search.