What is Scent Work?
Scent Work, otherwise known as Nose Work or Canine Scent Training, is an excellent activity that quite literally any dog can excel in. Formally created as a sport by National Association of Canine Scent Work, otherwise known as NACSW, Scent Work has exploded on the scene. The sport of Scent Work has grown tremendously in the United States and is beginning to grow internationally as well.
But What IS Scent Work?!
Essentially, it is the opportunity for your dog to be a dog! With Scent Work, dogs are permitted to use their amazing sense of smell to find novel target odors (ie. Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress, Myrrh, Thyme, Wintergreen, etc.) hidden within a variety of search areas.
One of the best parts of this activity is everyone can play the game, whether they are interested in competition or not! The benefits of playing Scent Work with your dog are plentiful:
- Gives your dog a proper outlet
- Helps them use their brain
- Can help tucker them out
- Shown to improve their overall behavior
- Builds and improves upon the communication between dog and handller
- ...It is fun!