What is Scent work? Scent work is a newer sport that uses the sense of smell to find hidden odors and alert the handler. Scent work dogs sniff out scents like anise, clove, and birch. Whereas detection dogs may sniff out drugs or bombs.
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The activity and sport of Scent work is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food, and exercise. It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.
What are the benefits of Scent Work? For the dog, the benefits include increased confidence, a “job” to do, fun with their owner, and a positive outlet for pent up energy. For the owner, the benefits include a tired dog at the end of a session (mental activity is about four times more tiring to a dog than physical exertion), and most importantly, a strengthened bond between dog and owner.
Who can participate in Scent Work ? Any person and any dog! That’s what so great about Scent work – it’ open to all dogs and all humans. No previous training experience is needed. This sport is great for puppies to adults to seniors and is great for even blind and deaf dogs.