When searching at the Excellent level, the:
  • team is looking for three hides
  • scent is Birch, Anise and/or Clove
  • 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” 3 times, then “Finish”
Twelve tote boxes will be placed in the search area, in any arrangement. Six of the boxes must contain sand, and six must contain water, filled equally with enough material that the scent vessel is covered with four inches of material. The boxes containing water will each have a scent vessel affixed to the bottom, which may or may not conceal one of the target odors. Three of the boxes will contain a scent aid scented with either Birch, Anise, or Clove. There are two distractions, which may be non-food, food, auditory, or visual. The dog has four 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 third “Alert” call, the handler must call “Finish” to indicate that all hides have been found and to stop the time. The Buried Excellent Class is open to dogs who have acquired the Buried Advanced (SBA) title.
Twenty containers of various size and type are laid out on the floor of the search area. The containers may be arranged in four rows of five containers, in a circle, or in a “U” formation. Three of the containers hold the target odor, which may be Birch and/or Anise and/or Clove. There will be two distractions at this level, and may be non-food, food, auditory, or visual. The dog has three minutes to locate the containers with the target-scent and communicate the finds to its handler. The handler must call “Alert” when the dog indicates each find. After the third “Alert” call, the handler must call “Finish” to indicate that all hides have been found and to stop the time. The Container Excellent Class is open to dogs who have acquired the Container Advanced (SCA) title.
The target odors of Birch and/or Anise and/or Clove are hidden in an outdoor area. There are three hides at this level, one of which may be inaccessible, and none of which may be located higher than 48 inches (4 feet) above the ground. There are two distractions, which may be non-food, food, auditory, or visual. 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 third “Alert” call, the handler must call “Finish” to indicate that all hides have been found and to stop the time. The time limit is set by the judge and must be between 3 and 5 minutes. The Exterior Excellent Class is open to dogs who have acquired the Exterior Advanced (SEA) title.
The target odors of Birch and/or Clove and/ or Anise are hidden in two distinct search areas in one or more rooms, or part of a room. Each search area will be worked independently, with a separate time limit. There are three hides at this level. The exact number of hides per search area will not be communicated to the handler; they will only know that there are three total between the two areas. Two of the hides must be accessible and none may be located higher than 48 inches (4 feet) off the floor. There are two distractions, which may be non-food, food, auditory, or visual. 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. When the handler believes that all hides have been found in the search area, then he/she must call “Finish” to stop the time for that search area. The process will be repeated for the second search area, with the “Alert” call(s) and the “Finish” call to stop the time. The time limit is set by the judge and must be between 1 and 3 minutes per search area. The Interior Excellent Class is open to dogs who have acquired the Interior Advanced (SIA) title.
This is an outdoor search. The handler-scented article—which must be a cotton ball or cotton swab— is hidden in an outdoor area. There is one hide at this level, which must be accessible and may not be located higher than 24 inches above the ground. Also hidden on the course is one scent aid scented by the judge. There is one non-food distraction. 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 3 and 6 minutes. The Handler Discrimination Excellent Class is open to dogs who have earned the Handler Discrimination Advanced (SHDA) title.
ElementBURIEDCONTAINEREXTERIORINTERIOR
ScentBirch &/or Anise &/or Clove
# Hides3 known
# Containers1220n/an/a
ArrangementAny4 rows of 5, circle, or “U” formationn/an/a
container typeTote boxes with metal grid on topVarious sizes and typesn/an/a
Time Limit*4 min3 min1-3 min3-5 min
Distractions2 non-food, food, auditory, or visual
Required Call3 "alert" calls & one "finish" call
Max. Height of Hidesn/an/a48"48"
*If there is a time limit range, it will be set by the judge prior to your search.