scentwork & sniffing school progressions
What’s it all about
Sniff, sniff, sniff…
If we asked you what your dog loved to do most, the chances are sniffing would be pretty high on the list.
But us puny humans just can’t appreciate the amazing smells our dogs pick up on, and we don’t understand why they get so distracted!
Learn to work as a team with your dog searching for a target scent. You become an essential part of the game, and they get to eat the food or play with the toy at the end.
Rather than fighting against their natural instincts, turn that nose into a super weapon to build an amazing relationship, improve recall and reduce distractions – honestly, Scentwork really can do all that and more.
Does your dog find their target scent too easily? Are you struggling to challenge that amazing snozz? Just can’t keep up with the speedy spaniel? Or is your dog easily distracted, wandering off and forgetting about the game?
This workshop will introduce you to systematic search patterns plus you’ll get individual coaching to troubleshoot any problems you might be having!
Pre-requisites: your dog must know how to search for at least one target scent with a specific search cue (e.g. cheese, catnip scented toy, or something else) and give an active indication (eats the food or plays with the toy)
What’s the theory/practical balance?
We make sure each dog gets to search between 3 and 6 times in most workshops though it depends on the length of each search. The sessions start with some key information for you to learn, but after that it’s all about doing more with your dog.
What if my dog doesn’t like other people/dogs?
If your dog struggles around people or other dogs PLEASE talk to us to make sure we can get this right for both of you! We can usually make adaptions but we do also run specialist Scentwork for Reactive Dogs workshops that might be more suitable.
My dog only likes toys, not food, can she still learn the game?
Absolutely yes! You’ll learn how to teach your dog to find a food or toy based scent.
My dog is allergic to cheese, can we still come?
Just make sure to remind your trainer, and bring some alternatives. We recommend dog pate (liver, or salmon) in a tube, but anything that’s soft and sticky is fine!
If I complete the Foundation workshop, how soon can I attend the Progressions session?
Almost all dogs can attend both workshops in one day. For very young puppies or elderly dogs we recommend you only participate in one workshop but you can spectate at the other one.
Email Morag if you have questions about the workshop content, suitability for your dog and anything else relating to Scentwork.
What to bring:
- Tupperware tub full of mild cheese in small cubes
- 6 cardboard boxes of various sizes (shoe box size or larger)
- One or two of your dog’s favourite toys
- bed or mat for your dog to settle on
- Kongs or chews to keep your dog occupied in between searches if they need it
- water bowl
Morag Heirs PhD, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, UltraCanicrosser and Scentwork Enthusiast
I build better relationships between troubled dogs and their humans, and I’ve been working as a canine behaviourist for over 12 years now. Playing scentwork games with my own dogs, as well as with my clients, was life changing. I was fortunate to be an Accredited TD Scentwork Trainer (2014-2017) and have introduced hundreds of dogs to the joy of sniffing.
In the last two years I’ve been developing our approach to scentwork, and I can’t wait to share the magic with you!
Please note these may be subject to change.
Date and Time
Sunday 21st July 2019 - 08:00 AM
Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall YO41 1LL
Morag K Heirs