Scent Work (Nose Work) is a positive, challenging activity that allows dogs the opportunity to use their nose – their strongest natural sense – in a way that is fun and engaging. It builds and strengthens a foundation of trust between the handler and dog because in this game, the dog is the lead, the handler the support crew. It is based on the work done by quarantine dogs.
Dogs are trained to recognise specific odours and to alert their handlers when the odour is detected. Dogs may paw, bark, nose, sit, lie down, or use any other non-destructive behaviour to communicate the odour location. Searches are conducted on containers, interiors, exteriors and around vehicles.
The dog and handler work together as a team. The handler uses body language and verbal encouragement to ensure the search area is covered, directing the dog’s search only when necessary and calling alert when the dog finds odour.
Six week classes offered at TDTC several times a year and include: Intro to Nose Work and Intro to Odour.