Published on April 24th, 2023
If you're a dog owner looking to enrich your furry friend's life and bond with them in a new and exciting way, scentwork might be just the thing for you. Scentwork, also known as nose work, is an activity that taps into a dog's natural instincts to track and find scents.
At Hide and Go Sniff, based in Dereham and covering the surrounding area of Norfolk United Kingdom, we specialize in scentwork and tracking for pet dogs, offering classes and workshops for all levels of experience.
In this post, we'll explain what scentwork is, why it's beneficial for dogs, and how to get started.
Scentwork is an activity that involves training your dog to use its sense of smell to find a specific scent. It's a fun and engaging activity that can be enjoyed by dogs of all breeds and ages, and it's a great way to build trust and strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend.
Scentwork can take many forms, from finding a hidden toy to identifying a specific scent in a lineup of containers, to searching an entire farm yard for a single drop of gun oil.
We offer a UK Sniffer Dogs , which is suitable for pet dogs. This course does not require a high-drive working dog, and you do not need to be a professional dog trainer to participate. Our six-week course is specifically designed for beginners who want to learn and enjoy this exciting activity.
Throughout the course, we will focus on topics such as odour recognition, indication, and searching different environments. Our experienced trainers will guide you and your furry friend through the process of learning this awesome activity.
Scentwork is not only a fun activity, but it also has many benefits for dogs. For starters, it provides mental stimulation and helps to build confidence and focus.
Scentwork also encourages a certain level of independence, which obedience training can sometimes remove. It's a great way to tire out high-energy dogs and can help to alleviate anxiety and stress.
Scentwork can also be done on lead, making it an excellent activity for dogs that may not be suitable for off-lead exercise.
At Hide and Go Sniff, we welcome all dogs, regardless of their previous training or experience. We offer classes and workshops for all levels, from scentwork beginners, to improvers, and 1-2-1 training and more!
During our classes, we focus on positive reinforcement training methods, which means rewarding your dog for its successes rather than punishing them for its mistakes. We also encourage owners of "unruly" dogs to attend, as scentwork can be an excellent way to channel their energy and focus their attention.
Our varied range of classes and workshops for all levels of experience could be the right fit for you and your dog!
Scentwork is a fun and engaging activity that can benefit dogs of all breeds and ages.
If you're interested in getting started with scentwork, we invite you to get in touch with us at 07873800237 or [email protected]. We are here to help you and your furry friend discover the joys of scentwork together.
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