Scent Work Classes

Explore the invisible world your dog sees with its nose

As a certified WSDA Scent Instructor I offer live weekly Scent work classes at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. The class includes Tracking, passive and active searches. Please contact me directly using the form below or via my Facebook page if you are interested in joining this class.

I also offer an Online introduction to Tracking in my Nose Works School in which I discuss the concepts of Tracking and provide step by step exercises for you to follow, all supported by video examples.

We all know that dogs have an amazing sense of smell and they use this to build and awareness of their surroundings. By using Scent work we can help channel some of this amazing ability into fun, stimulating activities.

Dog scent work is a dog sport that involves training dogs to detect and identify specific scents. This sport is growing in popularity as a fun and challenging way to bond with your dog and improve their natural abilities. The goal of dog scent work is to train the dog to locate and indicate the presence of a particular scent.

Scent work is a low impact activity so can be enjoyed by any dog, including those with orthopaedic conditions which may prevent them from participating in other activities.

The benefits of dog scent work are numerous and include:

  • Mental Stimulation: Scent work requires the dog to use their brain, making it an excellent mental workout for the dog. This mental stimulation can help prevent boredom and reduce stress in dogs.
  • Improved Confidence: As dogs learn and excel in scent work, their confidence levels increase, making them more confident and self-assured.
  • Bonding with the Owner: Scent work is a fun and interactive activity that helps to strengthen the bond between the dog and their owner.
  • Physical Exercise: Scent work requires the dog to be physically active, making it an excellent form of physical exercise for the dog. This exercise can improve the dog’s overall physical health and well-being.
  • Better Behaviour: Dogs who participate in scent work are more likely to exhibit better behaviour, as they are mentally and physically satisfied.
  • Adaptability: Scent work can be adapted to suit the individual needs of the dog and their owner, making it a suitable activity for dogs of all ages and abilities.

Passive and Active Searches

With Passive and Active search you will teach your dog to be able to discriminate and identify the location a specific scent within the immediate environment. In an Active search your dog will learn to bring back the object to you whilst in a Passive search your dog will learn to indicate the location without displacing the scented object.

Tracking

In our tracking classes you will learn trust your dog to find and follow accurately a track left by a human, over different surfaces and in different environments. Tracking is both mentally and physically stimulating for dogs. It requires limited, inexpensive equipment and can be practiced anywhere at anytime.

We weren’t sure if Storm would work for food treats as she is an orange orb obsessive. Low and behold once shredded chicken was introduced away she went. We used the tracking work to try and keep her entertained after she had health scare. Thanks to Agnes Campan’s enthusiasm for the subject, the course went by in a blur of improvement for the whole class, you can really see the results of what you put in week by week.

Thoroughly recommend anyone to try this to build a long-lasting bond with your canine friend.

Leo and I have really enjoyed this course!

Highly recommended it to anyone interested in starting Tracking with their dog

Started this class with no knowledge of scent work and a very fearful young rescue dog. It has been such a positive experience for us both and I see Mia’s confidence growing steadily. The exercises in class and the homework help build your relationship with your dog. Would highly recommend as a fun way to learn new skills for dog and handler.

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