Scentwork Detection and Tracking courses designed to teach the foundations to you and your dog. Designed for dogs with little to no formal training experience or to refresh and retrain an experienced dog.
Whether your dog is a puppy, adolescent or adult. They've been with you all their life or a recent rescue. With our dog scentwork training sessions. You both can all learn the enjoyment and enrichment of scentwork.
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What is Scent work?
Detection dogs are used for scent work in many aspects of everyday life. Whether a working dog is with the police tracking a suspect, customs checking bags in an airport, military searching for mines and more recently medical dog sniffing out cancer in people. All of these dogs are using their amazing sense of smell.
A dogs nose is much more sensitive when compared to ours. We have around five million olfactory receptors in our noses whereas dogs have up to 300 million! Add this to the percentage of the dog's brain that is used to process scent is 40 times greater than ours. Where we see, our dog’s smell!
We often start detection training without thinking about it. Playing fun games like find the treat. Did you teach your dog this one? Am yet to come across a dog who cannot smell that crumb under the coffee table! Dog’s learn through experiences and the desire to hunt.
Scentwork is now a popular dog sport in the UK. Scentwork UK for example, run trials all over the country.
Who can do Scentwork?
Scentwork as an activity is suitable for dogs of all ages. Any breed can learn and take part. It is mental and physical enrichment for dogs with spinal or joint issues. Sensitive, anxious and reactive dogs can quickly enjoy scentwork and start to relax.
Older dogs with limited physical energy and young bouncy dogs can all benefit from this mentally tiring yet self-rewarding exercise.
Benefits of engaging your dog's sense of smell
- Increases mental enrichment for dogs of all ages.
- Improves your dog's self-control.
- Increases your dog’s confidence
- Builds on the connection between you and your dog.
- Builds trust with a newly acquired rescue dog.
- Lowers likelihood of common behaviour issues by engaging your dog's brain.
- Builds resilience and optimism in your dog.
- Builds a strong relationship between handler/dog as you are working as a team.
All forms of sport that engage your dog's primary sense, their nose is excellent enrichment for them.
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