"Dogs have a highly sensitive nose, vastly superior to our own. Scentwork is a natural behaviour for a dog and essential in hunting and finding prey. As man's best friend, this behaviour has been put to many uses - for example in police work, search and rescue , and hunting. As a dog sport, Scentwork has emerged from detection style nosework as practices by customs and excise, explosives detection, search and rescue and medical detecion dogs.
As a training activity, scentwork is fun, very rewarding and at the same time mentally tiring for your dog. It will improve the relationship between you and your dog and is a great confidence builder especially for the shy dog. You can participate whether it is just for fun, or go on and enter trials and gain qualifications."
At Dogs Matter we run accredited Scentwork UK classes, and also regularly organise trials for Levels 1-3.
Scentwork is an amazing activity, and is appropriate for pretty much every dog. We have also found it very helpful for reactive dogs, as the dogs work one at a time and the use of their natural talents relaxes and calms them.
It is also great for building your relationship as you will learn to read your dogs while they are working.