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Scent Work Club of the San Gabriel Foothills

An American Kennel Club


To create a community that promotes team building between owners and their dogs through the sport of Scent Work.

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About Us

Established in 2018, this club is made up of dedicated members with a variety of experiences and a wealth of knowledge in the world of Scent Work. SWCSGF is a tax exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(7).


 In 2019, we began hosting AKC Scent Work Trials in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas, as well as other related activities.


Events Calendar

 Please bookmark our website to stay up to date with the events we put on throughout the year!


Noses at Work


Member Spotlight


Cynthia & Zane

I started scent work as a lark through the Poodle Obedience Club (with Penny). Zane liked it, but obedience competition was his primary sport. When I was forced to retire him, we switched our focus to scent work. I love seeing his confidence build and skill increase as we progress. He is a very happy dog using his nose!


Jim & Dash

Jim got his start in Scent Work in 2011 after reading in Bark Magazine that Nosework had the power to transform shy and reactive dogs. They were right! After just a few months Jim's Labrador Retriever Butters was able to joyfully navigate the world. Team Butters went on to compete at the elite level in the NACSW. Now its Team Dash. Dash is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever with a bright future. At the age of 14 months Dash earned high in trial and her Novice AKC Scent Work title at the SWCF trial in Altadena. That very same month, Dash also earned her NW1 title in the NACSW.

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Camille & Buster

Buster is my first dog as an adult, and I quickly realized that he is a dog that most definitely needed a job. We tried other sporting activities before finally landing on scent work, and it's definitely helped with focusing all of his energy to something he truly enjoys, which is strangely sniffing containers. While we're not terribly competitive, I'm always pleasantly surprised at how he performs. I'm grateful for the bond that this sport has helped us create!



May 2021
Tierra Del Sol

The searches were outstanding, the facility pristine, and the judges and volunteers were unbelievably helpful and welcoming. I have been to many other AKC trials in California, and this trial(and previous ones I have participated in with this group), in every aspect, is head and shoulders above the rest, in every facet. 


Penny Scott-Fox, and Sue Ingham, and all of the judges and volunteers, from the SWC of the San Gabriel Foothills should be commended. They are are a great role model for other groups to emulate!

May 2022
Tierra Del Sol

I had such an amazing time at your trial in May.  Everyone of your volunteers and judges were so welcoming and helpful and kind.  I am very much looking forward to trialing with your club again.

January 2023
Odyssey Charter School

Thank you for putting on a fantastic event!  My dog had a great time.  It was so much fun he slept most of the way home!  We can't wait to come back.

March 2023
Odyssey Charter School

Thanks for another great trial experience Sunday.  I can't say it enough:  You guys really have the whole thing down pat.  The stewards are kind and helpful and it all seems to run on time and smoothly - at least from this exhibitor's perspective.  I have a broken ankle and had to clump along in a big, stiff boot so my husband came along to help me should my dog be too rowdy and the ground too wet.  Even my husband commented on how well run the scent work trial was, and he's not even a dog competitor.  So once again, THANK YOU!  Please let the others on your committee know how much they were appreciated.

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