The value of goal orientated sniffing for our dogs can be like a magic pill. Our passion for continuing to search for better ways to work with dogs and their people has led us to this most amazing activity. Sharing this knowledge is what we will do right here with lots of stories, videos and ‘how to’ info. Your dog is going to love us!
As humans, it is easy to forget that other animals can have a very different sensory experience of the world. Just as our sense of sight has evolved to be the primary way we get information from our immediate world, many other mammals have developed olfaction, or smell, as their primary sense.
Understanding this is the first step to understanding the animals we work with on their terms. One of the most exciting things that have happened for me as a trainer over the past four years has been my growth in understanding of the incredible world of scent for dogs.
Luckily, I’m not the only one. Lots of organised scenting activities, classes, workshops and competitions have sprung up – initially in North America, but now throughout the world. Different approaches highlight different focal points, as with all training, but the bottom line is that giving a dog an opportunity to hunt gives them a feel good buzz like no other. And when done right, that buzz can be healing.
There are lots of ways to improve welfare with a sniff. Click on your area of interest below.