What is Scentwork?
Scentwork is a relatively new sport in the UK. It is based on detection style nose work which is practiced by police, military and custom search dogs and more recently medical detection dogs. This is when the dog is trained to locate a specific scent and indicate the location. This can be in a variety of places, indoors and outdoors.
The Benefits of Scentwork
- Builds a strong owner-dog relationship as you are working as a team
- Invaluable enrichment for any age dog
- Improves self-control and confidence
- Can help in the management of intelligence, frustration and anxiety by increasing focus
- Can improve recall
- Reconnect with your dog
- Builds trust and builds bonds with newly acquired rescue dogs
As a dog behaviourist I know the power of scenting. I often incorporate scenting exercises within my behavioural plans. Scent work will not alone resolve behavioural issues but by engaging in an activity that is self –rewarding it provides a ‘feel good’ factor to your dog which in turn improves the chances of positive behaviour changes.
Who can do Scentwork?
Scentwork is suitable for all dogs aged 6 months plus. Any breed can participate and even dogs with joint or spinal issues, or any other disability such as blindness or deafness. Anxious and or reactive can learn quickly to relax and enjoy scentwork. Older dogs with limited exercise tolerance can benefit and excitable dogs can learn to focus more readily. Scentwork is a fun training activity which is rewarding and mentally tiring for your dog.
How you and your dog can become involved in scenting
You can participate in Yes! Good Dog’s ‘ Introduction to Scentwork Workshops’ which will provide you with a fun few hours of getting a real taste of what detection scentwork is all about. You and your dog will engage in early scentwork exercises, which will include a variety of items and location searches. We shall work at a pace and standard your dog can cope with. There are limited spaces per workshop so everyone gets a chance to fully enjoy the experience.
For information on the next Yes! Good Sniffer Dog Workshop click on http://yesgooddog.co.uk/scentwork-for-pet-dogs-snifter-workshops-scentwork-uk-classes/
About Scentwork UK
Scentwork Uk has been sent up to promote and develop scentwork as a dog sport and training activity throughout the country. For information on Scentwork UK please visit www.scentworkuk.com
You can participate in Yes! Good Dog’s Scentwork workshops and classes just for fun or you can go on further to enter in Scentwork UK trials and gain qualifications. As a Qualified Scentwork UK Level 1 Trainer, I cover Birmingham South & Solihull and able to coach you and your dog through the steps ready to enter your first trial.
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