Online Scentwork Course
Having taught scent work for years, I have found that the biggest struggle for my clients is building a good freeze indication. Dogs are naturally born to be good at searching but in the world of scent work a dogs indication when they find the odour is very important.
Dogs each have their own natural indication, their body language will change when they are onto the odour however this can take time and practise for their handler to notice the subtle changes. If your dog has a solid indication when on the odour then you will be confident to call 'Alert'.
We want to odour to become a cue to the dog to offer a behaviour and in this case the odour should cue the dog to perform a freeze indication.
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This a fun and interactive course where you and your dog will learn the skills of scentwork. By the end of the course, your dog will confidently be able to search for the target odour and do a passive indication. Equipment list provided once booked.
The odour that the dogs will be searching for is Red Kong, this will need to be purchased once enrolled on the course.
This course is a self led course, you will be given access to a private Facebook group where you can get support during the course. You will have lifetime access to this course.
This course is suitable for dogs of all ages, from young puppies to the older generation.
From experience I find that online learning is much better for some dogs as they don't have to attend a distracting class environment, this course can be done from the comfort of their own home.
Introduction to Scentwork
Scentwork- Freeze Indiccation
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Why Should You Do Scentwork With Your Dog?
Scent work has so many benefits, I could talk to you all day about why it's a good thing to do with your dog.
The dog is the leader in the team when it comes to scent work, meaning as a handler you have to trust your dog to take you to the 'Find', the target odour. This is not on hugely confidence building but it gives your dog a real opportunity to problem solve and focus.
You can do scent work anywhere, you aren't just limited to your front room. Maybe you have a dog who struggles to focus in the park then take scent work with you and give your dog a job of locating the hide and I am sure you'll see their focus grow.
Scent work improves your bond and communication, as a handler, you must be watching your dog and looking closely at their body language to be able to notice the changes when they are getting closer to the target odour.
Scent work is fun and addictive.
It is a great way to satisfy and tire your dog out, as sniffing and problem-solving is exhausting, which makes this perfect for those bad weather days when you may do a shorter walk.