Dogs have a sense of smell that’s between 10,000 and 100,000 times more acute than ours! The sport of Scent Work celebrates the joy of sniffing, and asks a dog to sniff to their heart’s content; turning your dog’s favorite activity into a rewarding game. It is a terrific sport for all kinds of dogs, and is a wonderful way to build confidence in a shy dog.
In so many dog sports the handler is in control but this isn’t true in Scent Work. Neither the dog nor handler knows where the target odor is hidden. The handler has to rely on the dog, and follow the dog’s nose to success. In Scent Work, it is the canine who is the star of the show.
The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs). The dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with specific essential oils (each organization may have different scent requirements). The cotton swabs are hidden out of sight in a pre-determined search area, and the dog has to find them. Teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate the find to the handler, who calls it out to the judge.
Our Introductory Level program is designed to get you and your dog ready for the “Sporting Detection Dogs Association” DOT test. We will Introduce the dog to searching a variety of containers, teach the dog to give an “alert” (a visual cue to the handler to indicate that their dog has found the correct location of the scent) and develop the dog’s ability to search for the Wintergreen scent. Each class builds upon the skills practiced in the previous classes and by the end of the 6 weeks dogs should be able to locate a containered scent in an enclosed area with a number of distractions.
Aug 12- Sept 16: 7:45-8:45pm
Scent Detection Level 2 will be focusing on proofing box searches, area searches as well as working towards vehicle searches. We will go over search patterns and odor movement. Please ensure your dog can accurately do a 10 box search before enrolling in this class.
Sept 5-Oct 24 (No class Sept 19, oct 10) : 7-8pm