This video aims to teach every pet dog and owner how to search for scent for fun. No experience required!
Pam Mackinnon, trainer, behaviourist, ex-Customs drug detector dog handler and founder of Talking Dogs Scentwork® scentwork.com , shares her knowledge in this simple 'how to' video. She will start you and your dog on your scentwork journey, teach an active indication and set up simple searches.
Every dog can use their noses, no matter breed, age or previous training. Whether they like to play with toys or be rewarded with food, scentwork is a skill they can all learn. Dogs need no previous experience to start scentwork, so go on, have fun and start sniffing!
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These simple guides help you to understand how the dog processes scent and how scent itself moves. Looking at factors that affect scent will help you support your dog, and design searches according to your dog's skill level.
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I've been working on increasing Ella's desire to play with toys, and doing some simple starter searches for catnip mice at home. This was her first time searching in a room full of other dogs and people, and my first chance to do some blind searches with her.