Scentwork: Step By Step
Do you find that you can’t tire your dog out, no matter how long or far you walk them?
Are you concerned that your dog is getting bored?
Have you been looking for different things to do with your dog?
How would you feel if your dog could settle even if they hadn’t been out for a walk?
Would you like to build an even stronger bond with your dog?
Scentwork could be the answer that you are looking for! It’s an interactive activity that will enhance your relationship with your dog, whilst also helping them to harness their natural scenting abilities. It’s a great game that can be played anywhere and everywhere that you go with your dog.
I’ve been training scentwork since 2017, as I needed to find a new activity for a dog that had to retire early from agility. I progressed to becoming a judge and trial manager for Scentwork UK, as well as running Nosework Games events. I’ve continued to expand my understanding and skills, and have been passing this learning on to others.
Following the steps laid out in this book will set you on a journey of a lifetime with your dog. You’ll learn how to teach them to search on cue (and when to stop), as well as teach them a ‘target odour’ to search for. You’ll start to look at the world in a different way, as you see objects and places that would be great for searching. The exercises are simple enough that anybody can follow them, meaning you don’t need any previous training experience to benefit from them. Even if you already have some experience, you will be inspired to get back to basics and have fun with your dog. This training is suitable for all ages, breeds and abilities. I’ve kept it simple, so that nobody will get overwhelmed with trying to understand complicated terms and processes.