Talking Dogs Scentwork was developed by Pam Mackinnon following her time as a drug detector dog handler with HM Customs & Excise. This form of scentwork is about teaching the dog to find a specific scent, not a specific item. The scent is the key.
We are thrilled to be hosting Helen Greenley BSc, PGDip CABC for these workshops and have very much enjoyed attending Scent 1 taught by Helen with our own dogs. This is a free-flowing search style which allows the dog to cover complex areas efficiently and effectively. Unlike other forms of scentwork the handler is an integral part of the search, working to support the dog and ensure the whole area is cleared. This makes it an excellent way to reconnect with your dog helping you build relationship. It builds trust and can help with focus in young or impulsive dogs.
TD Scentwork is suitable for all breeds and ages of dogs and by integrating techniques from other disciplines and encouraging the use of food as well as toys it is accessible to all. Dogs are allowed to be dogs and engage in a natural activity that owners can often find annoying or worrisome. We can harness and control the search instead of battling against our dog’s natural desires.
Level 1 is an introduction to scentwork where you and your dog learn the basics. Your dog will be introduced to a specific scent and will be encouraged to give an active indication (where your dog plays with the scented article or eats the food find rather than going still and staring or sitting in front of it). You will learn about the scent picture, basic handling skills, free searching and blind searches. There are no pre-requisites for dogs or handlers attending this workshop, all are welcome. Dogs that are reactive to other dogs and need space can also be accommodated, please get in touch to discuss your and your dog’s needs.
Handler places are now fully booked. Spectator places still available (£45). To book a spectator place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 07905 416622 to receive a booking form.
We are also running a Level 2 workshop on 29th March 2015. It is possible to attend as a spectator for Scent 1 and continue as a handler on Scent 2.
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