Scent Work

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Alice searching for the scented article

You can improve your dogs life through scent work.

It is suitable for all dogs 

If you have

  • Puppies have loads of energy to burn. If they get the zoomies then scent work will help!
  • Adolescent dogs whose behaviour may benefit from more focus and stillness.
  • Over-aroused dogs struggle to calm and rest as they have endless energy to burn
  • Working breeds of dogs in need of an activity to keep them busy. If your dog has been bred from a working line, then you need scent work!
  • Elderly dogs who are not as mobile as they once were but who still have the drive to be active
  • Dogs recovering from surgery or injuries
  • Great for nervous dogs – using their noses is like a having safety blanket & is great confidence building
  • Reactive dogs that are undergoing training – the scent is a great tool to help you redirect your dog’s focus
  • Ex-sporting dogs that still need something but can’t continue with agility etc
  • Blind and deaf dogs
  • Dogs that can’t be let off the lead
  • Overweight dogs who find exercise difficult but need to lose weight and burn energy.

It’s low-impact, stress-free and enjoyable. 

With my support, you will teach your dog to utilise the full impact of their natural ability to smell. They will be able to detect a target scent hidden in different items and places, keeping it fun and fresh for years to come.

What are the benefits of training your dog in scent work?

  • Naturally Calming
  • Build A Relationship 
  • Enriching
  • Relieves Boredom
  • Burns Excess Energy
  • Relieves Anxiety and Depression
  • Lowers arousal levels 
  • Increases The Feel-Good Hormone Dopamine
  • It gives your dog a low-impact, physical workout
  • Improves mental health, reduces anxiety and depression

 

I am trained with Scent Work UK, and Scent For Six with SOCS and I am undertaking the bronze level with UK Sniffer dogs.

You don’t need any experience of training to join our bronze scent work class!

I will teach you how to communicate with your dog and identify and search for a particular target scent. Once they know what they are looking for, you teach them to locate the targetted scent and indicate to you exactly where it is. So after this, you will be able to understand your dog’s communication techniques.

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Scented velcro with catnip
let them sniff

UK Bronze Scent Work Workshop

  • This is an 8-week workshop that will empower you to understand your dog’s scenting ability and set up creative, fun ways to search for scent so that you can use the scent games inside and outside of the home, making walks interesting, improving recall, focus and preventing your dog from running to play with others dogs and chasing squirrels.

In the class, you will learn

  • How to teach your dog to identify a target scent.
  • Teach them a passive indication to identify the find, in different scenarios and in different items, and build that indication from scratch to be an effective communication tool between you and your dog.
  • Build confidence around different equipment and items so they feel comfortable to search novel stimuli.  Which is great for nervous dogs!
  • How to work around distractions so that they ignore exciting and interesting stimuli.

 

Understand the endless power of your dog’s nose.

The class is based on Scent Work UK, World Scent, Squad, Scent – for – six-course and UK Sniffer Dog Bronze Scent Detection Course. I am currently undertaking their course and awaiting my assessment to lead the scent work courses with them. 

All you need for the class is 2 x red kong. (one will eventually be cut up so any size will do, but it must be a red, classic kong). Scent vials and scent tins and plenty of treats to promote scent work as a highly rewarding experience.

Why is scent work so important to dogs?

Watch your dog. You will see that when they approach things, they don’t do it with their eyes, their nose goes toward it and they begin to sniff. 

The dog is a creature of the nose (Alexander Horowitz – Inside of a dog)

Dogs have around 220,000 scent receptors that detect odours, we only have around 5 million. When they sniff the muscles in their nose engage, they can detect simultaneous smells through each nostril and breath at the same time.  

They create small air turbines from their nostrils to attract more scent. The lining of the dog’s nose is massive compared to ours, this contains the receptors which take the scent on a journey around the dog’s brain.

The olfactory bulb is 40% larger compared to a human bulb.

The olfactory receptors send signals to significant parts of the brain including

The area that involves reward and motivation

The limbic system – emotional and instinctual behaviour

The frontal cortex  for working memory and learning and action to stimuli

And the area for behavioural cognition. 

A dog’s respiration rate increases through exercise

When at rest it is around 15 reps 

When walking it doubles to around 30 reps

When running or doing the physical activity it is around 90 reps

But when using their nose to sniff and search it is at around 140-200 reps!

So a small session of scent work will use up more energy than your usual walk will!!