ABOUT Scentwork - What is it?
Scentwork is when a dog uses its sense of smell to identify and locate a scent which it has been trained to detect.
Dogs have a highly sensitive nose, vastly superior to our own. Scentwork is a natural behaviour for a dog and essential in hunting and finding prey. As man’s best friend, this behaviour has been put to many uses – for example in police work, search and rescue, and hunting.
As a dog sport, Scentwork has emerged from detection style nosework as practiced by customs and excise, explosives detection, search and rescue and medical detection dogs.
As a training activity, scentwork is fun, very rewarding and at the same time mentally tiring for your dog.
It can improve the relationship between you and your dog and is a great confidence builder especially for the shy dog. You can participate whether it is just for fun, or go on and enter trials and gain qualifications.
It is open to anyone whether you are a pet dog owner or a more advanced dog handler.
It is suitable for all breeds and ages, including puppies and older dogs.
As scentwork is a non-injurious sport it is ideal for dogs with injuries or disabilities.
Based in Wiltshire we offer regular training classes, 1-2-1 training sessions & various workshops including an Introduction to Scentwork. We also host Scentwork UK Trials.
We are recognised trainers and judges with Scentwork UK. Our training follows the criteria as set by Scentwork UK. We will take you through everything you need to know in order to prepare you for a Scentwork UK trial, should you wish to do so. The trial is an optional test and not a compulsory requirement.
Participants will learn odour recognition and be able to search a variety of items that are used in the four elements in Scentwork UK trials.
You will learn how to observe your dog whilst it works, understanding the body language it uses to indicate finds.
Using modern reward based training methods we aim for our classes to be fun, friendly and relaxed for both you and your dog.
Scentwork UK was set up to promote and develop scentwork as a dog sport and training activity throughout the country with regular trials nationally.
Scentwork UK is an organisation that provides scentwork trials and qualifications. Dogs are tested against a consistent national standard and can progress from beginners to advanced by passing the individual levels at any Scentwork UK trial.
Scentwork UK trials are based on detection-style scentwork practiced daily by customs & excise dogs, explosive detection dogs, search & rescue dogs and medical detection dogs.
For more information on Scentwork UK please visit www.scentworkuk.com Click on the links on their pages to find out more, what they do and dates for future events.