Scent Work University Blog

Where we discuss all things Scent Work-related!
OCT
29
0

Advocate for Your Dog, Always

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Let me stress that Scent Work is a truly incredible activity. It taps into an innate instinct. It provides a much needed mental and physical outlet for our canine companions. And, as a sport, it is open to "reactive" dogs. However, this also means we must advocate for our dogs, always. 

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OCT
14
0

Add FUN to Your Scent Work Training…While Preparing for Trial

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I truly believe that no matter what kind of dog training you're doing, it should always be FUN for both you and your dog. I'm not a fan of "training for trial." Of course, there's a time and a place for that, but it shouldn't be the norm. My schedule doesn't always cooperate, but I'm really trying to make my in-person classes more fun and game driven and offering more "Mock Trials" or "Sniff n' Gos" for students to get that "trial-like" feeling. 

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OCT
07
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Sniffing for Fun…Far More Important Than Titles

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Nothing like starting off a blog post with a bang…

Alright, once again it is time for some real-talk. The sniffing game is just that, a game. No matter how many titles or accolades you earn, you are still playing a game with your dog and creating memories. We're not finding dead bodies or bombs at Scent Work trials. We are not certifying our dogs to join a FEMA or SAR team. We are having fun with our dogs and testing our training. This is a simple truth, and I think (and hope) we can all agree on that. 

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SEP
29
0

Ruining It For Everyone

No-Dogs

 "They'll never know."

"It will be quick."

"I need to practice for a trial."

"My dog needs to be familiar with the area to be successful, it is only fair!"

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SEP
14
0

Just Say NO to Naked Q-Tips!

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 There is no question the sport of Scent Work is exploding in popularity. More and more people are finding out about this wonderful dog sport, and getting started in their own training and practice sessions. All of that is a wonderful thing…with a few serious drawbacks.

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SEP
10
0

Why I Got Involved in Scent Work

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A question I regularly get from students and colleagues is, "Why did you get involved in Scent Work?". 

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JUL
21
0

What Makes a Stellar Scent Work Team

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 What is the secret to crafting a Stellar Scent Work team? Is it owning a certain breed of dog? Following someone's system to the letter? Practicing for hours a day? Trialing every weekend? I don't think it should be so difficult. This is what I think the secret formula is: A dog that loves to play the game + a handler that can make that happen. Sounds pretty easy, right?

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