OBEDIENCE FREE TRAINING..
Nosework and scent sports are a new dog sport intended to exercise the mind and body of your dog. You can do scent sports just about anywhere, from a single room in your house, to your local street or park.
Scent Sports are a great way to channel your dog’s energy and challenge their mind.
Did you know?
● A dog’s Olfactory lobes are take up one-eighth of its brain. 40 times larger than a human olfactory lobe.
● Dogs are 1,000,000 to 100,000,000 times more sensitive to smells than humans.
● A dog can detect a scent that is one part per trillion that is 1 in 1,000,000,000,000
● Depending on the conditions, dogs can pick up scent up to 800 meters away. ( or sometimes more)
Scent Training does not have to be complicated. Scent Sports can be rewarding and challenging and lots of fun for anyone interested in dog training.
Here is a little more about it
Scent Paws Class in un-like your traditional dog obedience class, Our Class is fun and exciting and does not reply on the use of equipment such as check chains and head collars.
Most of the time our primary rewards for our dog initially is going to be food. We require a HIGH value rewards such as: Devon Cheese Steak Strips Roast Chicken
Please no Smacko’s or dried liver in this class etc.
We it comes to equipment you do not need to be elaborate in the items you use, but the more variety you expose the dog to, the better able he will be at generalising the search.
When training with others or in a class, it is important that the dogs that are not working are safely secured away from the working area. ( usually in a create , a car or another room) with plenty of water.
5 foot or 6 Foot Leash Dog Crate Flat Collar or Harness Treat Pouch High Value Treats Target Odour ( Scent Kit)
Clicker is optional ( We don’t need it)
Odour Handling & Storage
The Canine Scent sports use five target odours. They are all essential oils which can be brought online. They are:
Sweet Birch Aniseed Clove Bud Vetiver Myrrh.
You do not need all of these target odours unless you are interested in competing in the sport. ( which as present is not in Australia)
We will start with Birch being our target odour.
Remember not to contaminate the odour, when you’re handling it.
Commands: ( OBEDIENCE FREE ZONE)
The commands you use for scent class need to be specific and well thought out. You can use any search command, however it should be something you don’t use for another command. Eg. find it , Seek and search are good examples.
KEEP Practice session short: Dog have short attention spans, especially young dogs, and you will get more out of your training keeping your training short in time. 10 minutes at a time is BEST.
Training Session sequence:
1: Test your motivator. You may find that for some sessions your dog my prefer cheese over the devon you have been previously using. It is worth testing your dog at the start of each session
2: Have your target scent ready.
3: offer the target to the dog
4: Dog sniffs target odour.
Initially you will mark and reward your dog just for sniffing or showing interest in the target odour.
However ass your dog gets the idea you can begin to shape the indication you want.
5: Mark behaviour
6: Dog gets reward 7: Repeat, repeat, repeat
Do’s & Don’ts
Don’t Push your dog
Don’t get in front of the dog
Do encourage the dog to move out in front
Do Plan, plan & plan your training sessions
Do have training objectives
Do have long term goals
Do have goals for each session
Be prepared with your equipment before you start You will need to start with a single target odour.
Once your dog is proficient at the first odour then you can train them on a second odour
You Must learn to TRUST your dog. Ensure you consistently reward the dog when they indicates the scent. The effort from the dog needs to be worth the reward. Make sure the dog is performing consistently at the current stage before proceeding to the next level. Do not hesitate to take a step back to an easier, more basic exercise if the dog starts to have problems. Debrief, crucial to success. Review each problem and what to do to improve on the next session.