Most dogs have a very powerful urge to use their nose. If we don’t use this as part of our training then it can become a distraction.
Dogs have a very powerful sense of smell, their nose is vastly superior to ours. While we have around 5 million scent receptors dogs can have up to 300 million.
Scentwork can be very rewarding for dogs. Not only does it help to develop a stronger bond between dog and owner but it can also help to improve the confidence of shy dogs and provide mental stimulation for older dogs.
Scentwork UK aim to promote scentwork as a new sport for dogs. Dogs can compete at different levels by taking part in trials.
They run various trials throught the country based on detection style scentwork.
Scentwork Classes for Dogs
The dogs will initially be trained to search four different areas. They will learn to search boxes and luggage, tables and chairs as in an office, an external search of a car and a search in an outside area.
Recent Scent Workshop
We currently have the following classes:
- Cotesbach village hall, between Lutterworth and Rugby on a Tuesday evening from 7.30 – 9.00pm.
- Peatling Parva Village Hall, near Lutterworth and Countesthorpe on a Thursday evening
Classes will be held every other week and cost for 5 sessions is £65.
Monthly Scentwork Workshops
We also hold some Wednesday workshops at Walcote near Lutterworth once a month. These workshops are ideal for people who would like to try out scentwork but are not able to commit to a class.
We teach the dogs to use their noses and introduce them to the scent.
Classes are suitable for all breeds of dogs and all ages, although some basic training may be useful.
Beginners sessions start at 6pm and end at 7.30pm
Dates for these classes are:
- 12/06 (probably a mock trial)
- 14/08 (probably a mock trial)
- 11/12 – tbc