Scent samples

To teach the dog to alert to a person’s medical or mental crisis (diabetes, seizure, anxiety or panic attack, migraine, etc.), you will need scent samples. We collect those samples on cotton balls and store them in resealable ziplock bags. You will need samples from the episode “Hot” as well as “Normal” samples.

Tins for scent samples

For scent work, you’ll need several 1 or 2 oz aluminum tins to put your samples in. These tins can be found easily on Once you have the tins, make 5-8 holes in the lid, using a nail and hammer. 

Candle tins or paint cans

For all scent work, you will need 5 identical containers. These containers will be used to place the smaller tins inside of them. You can choose 8oz candle tins or paint cans. If you use candle tins, you will need to make holes in the lid, just like in the 1-2 oz tins.

Target stick

To teach the dog to Poke, you will need a target stick. We use a ruler or a spoon. You’ll want an object that you can put tape on at the end. 

Electrical tape or duck tape

To transfer the Poke from the target stick to your body, you’ll need tape. It’s best if the tape is easily visible to the dog, so colors that contrast with your clothes and that are visible by the dog’s eye, like yellow, work best.


To teach the behaviors “Heel” and “Side”, we use a platform. You’ll need a platform that is about 2-4 inches thick and just big enough for the to stand on. We often use insulation boards from a hardware store that we cut to size.