NOV
24
0

How to be Mindful With Your Odor

Tins

You're training in Scent Work. You may or may not be interested in eventually competing. Working on your own, your dog is now working to find target odors. You then come across a post talking about how important it is for trial officials to be careful with their odors. You read about how trial officials should wear gloves, have other people open and close doors for them, and how they should be mindful of where they put their odor kit in regard to the search area itself…the list of all the things a trial official should do to be as careful as they can goes on and on, and on and on! 

Continue reading
  1248 Hits
1248 Hits
OCT
29
0

Advocate for Your Dog, Always

Advocate

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. 

Continue reading
  694 Hits
694 Hits
OCT
07
0

Sniffing for Fun…Far More Important Than Titles

Close-Up-of-Nose

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. 

Continue reading
  733 Hits
733 Hits
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!"

Continue reading
  902 Hits
902 Hits
SEP
14
0

Just Say NO to Naked Q-Tips!

Q-Tips

 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.

Continue reading
  923 Hits
923 Hits
SEP
10
0

Why I Got Involved in Scent Work

Zeus

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

Continue reading
  525 Hits
525 Hits