Smell is your dog’s strongest sense. Depending upon the breed it is estimated to be between 10,000-100,000 times more acute than a human’s sense of smell.
Dogs enjoy sniffing. It provides important information about their surroundings and provides mental stimulation. Scientific tests have proven that sniffing releases endorphins which can help reduce stress and improve the sense of well-being and even reduce pain.
Sniffing is a behaviour performed by all breeds of dog, of any age and disposition, it is a behaviour that should be actively encouraged. Just as we enjoy seeing a spectacular view whilst out on a walk, our dogs appreciate the world they additionally visualise through smell.
Through scent work exercises we can provide challenges for our dog to provide valuable stimulation that helps promote their health and wellbeing.
Most of you will be aware that many emergency service agencies throughout the world use sniffer dogs. These specialist dogs help to locate missing people, people trapped under rubble in disaster zones, or even locate buried cadavers. However, did you know that specially trained cadaver dogs can also locate remains that are underwater?
At Canine Pawsibilities we recognise and embrace the incredible olfactory ability our dogs have and offer a number of Scent work classes that teach you how to actively engage with your dog as it navigates the hidden world we cannot see.
Please contact us if you would like more information on joining in with our weekly live Scent Work Classes or visit our website at https://hub.pawsibilities.co.uk/learning/the-nose-works-school/ for our Video Based Online Tracking Course.