Scent Work is the fastest growing dog sport on the East Coast! This sport utilizes your dog’s natural hunting abilities and their incredible sense of smell to search for specific odors and find their source. Once dogs master the foundation skills of the hunt searching for food, they learn to search various elements: containers, interiors, exteriors, and vehicles. Many teams will go on to learn to find the target odors (birch, anise, and clove) used in Competition K9 Nose Work trials.
Scent Work helps dogs build confidence, reduce environmental sensitivity, and burn lots of mental and physical exercise doing searches. Let’s not leave out how much fun it is for the dogs and their handlers! As the handler, you will learn the observation and handling skills required to function as a team with your dog when searching. All dog breeds, regardless of age or size are able to participate in this sport.
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