KATIMBA CANINES fully supports and works closely with the nationally acclaimed Talking Dogs Scentwork®. Using the description detailed on the Talking Dogs Scentwork® website itself, founder Pam Mackinnon explains that â€ËœScentwork is about teaching the dog to find a specific scent, not a specific item. The scent is the key. This form of Scentwork is different to that used for obedience and working trials, search and rescue and tracking. Each employs its own style and method of training which best fits the task in hand. Talking Dogs Scentwork® incorporates all those styles and is based on the type of searching I used during my time as a drug detector dog handler with HM Customs & Excise. This is a free flowing search style which allows the dog to cover complex areas efficiently and effectively. The handler actively works to support the dog and ensure the whole area has been cleared. I have adapted search work to make it suitable for all breeds and ages of dogs. By integrating techniques from other disciplines, such as gundog training, and encouraging the use of food as well as toys, Scentwork becomes accessible to all.
This activity is an excellent way to reconnect with your dog, especially if your relationship has gone through rocky times. It builds trust and can help speed up bonding with newly rescued dogs. And it helps build concentration in young or impulsive dogs. The beauty of Scentwork is that each dog works to his or her own ability, as handlers, trainers and assistants constantly respond and fine tune the search according to what the individual dog needs. And of course, it's FUN! Dogs are allowed to be dogs and engage in an activity that owners can often find annoying or worrisome. Instead of battling against their natural desire to search, owners can harness and control the search.
Search techniques can provide great help both with daily training and with some behavioural issues. From improving recalls to learning to cope with traffic, Scentwork is an adaptable, effective tool to add to your skill set.
Completion of Talking Dogs Scentwork® workshops 1-6 allow you to hone your own skills in and on full completion, allows you to become an accredited TDS® handler.
KATIMBA CANINES runs these workshop on a frequent basis solely by fully accredited Talking Dogs Scentwork® trainers. Keep an eye on the 'Coming Soon' tab to book your place on the Scentwork program!! The workshops will be announced on the Talking Dogs Scentwork® website too!!
In the meantime, KATIMBA CANINE's Scent Club is a great place to get both you and your dog ready and prepared!!