The formal definition of scent detection is “a dog sport created to mimic professional detection dog tasks. … The dogs must find a hidden target odour, often ignoring distractors (such as food or toys), and alert the handler. After the dog finds the odour they are rewarded with food or a toy.”
Scent work in reality is so much more!! It is a way to engage with your dog, young or old, big or small, timid or energetic. It helps your dog relax and teaches problem solving. Scent work builds confidence and independence. Scent work is mentally exhausting – 20 minutes of scent can equal an hour-long walk. And it can be done by all dogs – blind or deaf, athletic or arthritic, low drive or over the top, shy or outgoing. All breeds, from 8 weeks to 18 years, all dogs that are able to work in company of other dogs are welcome!
Cassandra Elvish has been involved in scent work for 5 years and is working towards her accreditation as a World Scent Dog Association Certified Trainer and Level 1 judge.
Ready to compete??
Hone your scent skills with a series of drills and games to prepare for competition. Focusing on container and interior searches, these games will challenge your dogs scent skills and ready you for trialing. (Trialing is not required)
Prerequisite – Exterior scent or permission of the instructor
Please note this class is 1.5 hours long.
Engage your dog’s natural ability to detect odour with tracking. This 4-week course will start off with the basics of trenching, introduce articles, turn some corners, and finish off with a short course track. Tracking uses positive reinforcement based training, and high value rewards. This is an outdoor class that runs in a variety of urban environments. Classes will run in light rain. Cancelled if lightning.
Canine Lifeskills 1 is recommended
Dog must be able to wait patiently and quietly in a crate or vehicle while waiting for their turn.
HIGH value treats – meat / cheese are recommended. This course uses a high volume of treats, restricting their breakfast might be suggested for small dogs or less treat-motivated dogs.
A 6 foot AND a 15 foot leash
A harness with a back / top clip is recommended, but not required
Tug toy or ball for toy-motivated dogs
320 South May St. Thunder Bay
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