What is Scentwork?
Scentwork classes teach your dog how to search a particular area for a hidden item that has a specific scent.
Scentwork UK requires the dogs to be able to search 4 different areas:
1. Tables & Chairs
2. Boxes & Luggage
4. Exterior Search
They are taught to locate 3 different scents:
2. Gun Oil
3. Truffle Oil
As your dog improves , searches increase in difficulty by adding more scented items for the dog to find over a larger area. As the handler, your job is to ensure your dog searches each area thoroughly.
You will learn to read your dogs body language, and will work together to develop an 'indication' so that your dog can tell you where the hidden item can be found.
Why should I try Scentwork with my dog?
Scentwork is fun, very rewarding and at the same time mentally tiring for your dog. It will improve the relationship between you and your dog and is a great confidence builder especially for the shy dog.
While humans primarily depend on their vision, dogs use both sight and smell to assess their surroundings and communicate. As a result, dogs devote a lot more brain power to interpreting smells.
- Dogs have approximately 100 million scent receptor sites in the nasal cavity compared to around 6 million in humans.
- The area of the canine brain devoted to analysing odours is about 40 times larger than the comparable part of the human brain.
- It has been estimated that dogs can smell anywhere between 1000 and 10,000 times better than people.
Getting your dog to use it's nose will give a large part of their brain a workout, resulting in a tired and contented canine!
Dogs can move their nostrils independently which means they can determine the direction of an odour and use their sense of smell like a compass!
You can take part whether it is just for fun, or go on and enter trials and gain qualifications.
Who can do Scentwork?
Any dog can join Scentwork classes - it is physically low impact, so the very young and very old can come along, as well as dogs with disabilities or injuries. Even reactive dogs are welcome since only one dog is worked at a time.
Price: £75 for introductory 6 weeks; £72 per 6 weeks thereafter.
For more information visit the Scentwork UK website.
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There is currently a short waiting list for the next beginners Scentwork Classes. Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch as soon as venues and times have been confirmed.