Scent Detection is when your dog finds a specific target odor and tells you where it is. Once your dog has learned what to look for, you can hide the odor in many different places around your property and play the game.
We offer 2 levels of Scent Detection Training…
Sport Scent Detection: Foundations and Containers (7 weeks)
Feb 23rd, Fridays 6:40pm – full
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This course introduces your dog to a specific target odour that he learns to hunt for because indicating that he has found it will bring reward. We use a series of foundation games that build on each other to increase the level of challenge gradually and create a dog that searches confidently and accurately. Using these games, you and your dog can carry on after the class finishes to have endless fun!
Sport Scent Detection: Introduction to Interiors and Exteriors (6 weeks)
Prerequisite: Sport Scent Detection: Foundations and Containers
TBD. Please email if you are interested in registering for the next class
This course builds on the Foundations and Containers class for people who want to go further with the game. Now that your dog understands the basics, we can increase the fun by moving on to more challenging searches in interior and exterior environments. Through creating puzzles of increasing levels of challenge, we continue to create a dog that thinks confidently for himself and has a great time putting his natural abilities to good use.
Why play Scent Detection?
Scent detection is based on natural hunting behavior your dog was born with. Scent detection is brainwork.
Scent detection builds confidence.
Scent detection creates focus.
Scent detection builds your relationship with your dog.
All dogs are born knowing how to find a scent and follow it to its source which means that Scent Detection Games can be played by any breed of dog! No previous training of any kind is needed to get involved in this sport and it is great for young and old dogs as well as dogs with disabilities. This course is taught in a low distraction environment and dogs are worked one at a time – which means that this class is also good for reactive, distracted and fearful dogs too. Anyone can play!