Often reactive dogs and their handlers are excluded from participating in workshops because of their very nature, ie they are reactive. Working with canine behaviorist Clair Hickson of Talk to The Paw we have teamed up to offer you this fantastic opportunity to work with your reactive dog in a safe and controlled environment and gain additional skills to help manage reactivity in every day situations. Places are limited so book now.
Reactive Dogs Workshop
We are often asked how old a dog has to be to start Scentwork. The sense of smell is the first sense to develop in puppies. Long before their eyes and ears open, puppies sniff out their mother and siblings in the whelping box. Now I am not suggesting you scent up a catnip mouse and pop it in with them but I know many people who have introduced a scented article to puppy enrichment at around 6 weeks. I have friends who play the “find it” game with a scented article the first week the puppy is in their new home.
We have had a 12 week old Labrador on our workshops, as well as a 13 year old collie!
Little Hebe below is just 8 months old and she helped her mum, Ali gain Accredited Handler status yesterday. 8 months old and very much a Super Sniffing Search Dog!
So, to answer the question, at what age can my dog start Scentwork? Well, there is no time like the present!
Last weekend Krumble swapped her Scentwork Cape for her Therapy Dogs Nationwide Cape (TDN) and spent an exhausting 4 days at Crufts. Krumble has been a visiting Therapy Dog for over 4 years, following in the footsteps of our beloved Muppet. She regularly visits the Children’s Ward in the local hospital to provide comfort and distraction for not just the patients but also their parents and siblings. She is also a huge hit with the doctors and nurses who love to have a cuddle.
To find out more about the incredible work Therapy Dogs do, visit their website www.therapydogsnationwide.org.uk
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All dogs love to sniff, but have you ever noticed now much more intense they become on a cold frosty morning? Temperature and environment have a huge influence on the Scent Picure. Think back to physics 101, when molecules are heated they spread out and move quicker. When they are cooled, they come together and move much more slowly. Therefore the smells your dogs are detecting on a cold day are much more concentrated and intense. Watch your dog next time you are out in the snow and see if they have their nose on the ground more than usual.