Match to Sample: Lost Item Recovery

Sunday Oct 6

9:00 AM

Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Have you ever wanted to have your dog find your lost items? Or been curious how Match to Sample works for scenting? It’s pretty straightforward for our dogs to learn to find OUR scent. What about searching for a STRANGER scent? Search and Rescue dogs do this – and so do our tracking dogs! There is also a new sport called Lost Item Recovery through The North American Sport Dog Association (NASDA) where you search for handler and stranger scent.

The focus of this lab will be to teach the process of Scent Match to Sample. Starting with our scent first we will then transfer that process to a stranger scent. This is an excellent skill to split out for tracking dogs too! Teaching our dogs how to re-scent an article will help your dog if they lose scent on a track. This is truly one of the most amazing dog skill abilities and a fun game for sport and real life!

Prerequisite for this lab is having some experience with finding your scent (handler scent).

Equipment: Bring some of your personal items (wallet, keys, cell phone, small articles of clothing (socks/gloves)).

Presenter Bio

Julie Symons

Julie Symons (she/her) has been involved in dog sports for 30 years and prides herself on the versatile accomplishments she has earned with her dogs. She has earned HITs across four different sports with four dogs and earned Championships in Obedience, Conformation, Agility and Nosework. Her passion for dog training grew out of the incredible journey she shared with her first performance dog Rival. She was her Novice A dog and together became the first CH OTCH MACH Belgian Tervuren.

Through their journey, Julie learned how wonderful the bond can be with our canine partners and all that was possible to accomplish together. After the thrill of earning a TDX and immersing herself in Nosework with her next dog Savvy, Julie’s love for scent sports intensified. She has been coaching Nosework teams since 2014, is a co-creator and judge for the FDSA virtual NW TEAM program and is a retired AKC licensed Scent Work judge.

Along with being a faculty member at FDSA, Julie is owner of Savvy Dog Sports, Inc where she teaches in-person Foundation, Nosework and Agility classes. She is a consummate learner, an energetic instructor and skillful at problem solving. Julie brings a wealth of experience to her students; her success across multiple sports is built on solid foundation skills and effective communication.

Julie currently shares her life with 3 dogs:

  • Savvy, 16 yrs young, has earned a CH, ELT-CH, MACH2, UD, TDX, VCD3 and many other NW titles.
  • Drac, 8 yrs old, has earned his ELT-CH, MX MXJ HSAd TDX and many other NW titles.
  • Moxie, 5 yrs old, has earned her CH, ELT-CH, AX AXJ HSAds TD and many other NW titles.

In addition to the joy in reaching her competition goals and those of her students, Julie is most content when out on a trail hiking with her dogs and spending time at home with her husband and son.