Welcome to Scent Work Academy

Scent Work Training with Your Companion Pet Dog

Helping your Dog to Thrive

Canine scentwork is a fun and engaging activity that taps into your dog’s natural ability to use their incredible sense of smell. It can be enjoyed as a casual hobby to mentally stimulate your dog and strengthen your bond, or it can be pursued competitively in organized competitions.

Here’s a breakdown of the key aspects of canine scentwork:

  • Focuses on a dog’s strongest sense: Dogs have an amazing sense of smell, thousands of times more powerful than humans. Scentwork activities channel this natural instinct, providing mental and physical stimulation.
  • Can be a sport or a hobby: You can participate in scentwork for fun at home or within our Academy Community and even compete in official trials, competitions with various levels of difficulty.

Scentwork goes far beyond just being a fun activity for your dog. It’s a powerful tool that unlocks a treasure trove of benefits for both you and your furry friend. Here’s a deeper dive into the many ways scentwork can enrich your dog’s life:

  • Mental Powerhouse: We all know dogs have incredible noses, but scentwork truly puts them to work. It’s a mental marathon, engaging a much larger portion of their brain compared to sight-based activities. This mental workout can tire them out in a positive way, leading to better focus and calmer behaviour throughout the day.

  • Behavioural Lifesaver: For dogs struggling with anxiety, lead reactivity, or destructive chewing, scentwork can be a game-changer. The focus and concentration required provides an outlet for their energy and a positive reward based task to complete. This mental engagement can significantly reduce unwanted behaviors.

  • Bonding Booster: Scentwork training is a collaborative effort. You and your dog work together, building trust and strengthening your communication. The positive reinforcement used in training also improves obedience, making your walks and interactions smoother.

  • Confidence Builder: Successfully finding a hidden scent is a major win for your dog! Scentwork provides a sense of accomplishment, boosting their confidence and overall well-being. This newfound confidence can translate into other areas of their life, making them more well-adjusted pups.

  • Happy and Calm: Sniffing is a natural stress reliever for dogs. Engaging in scentwork allows them to de-stress and unwind, promoting a sense of calmness and relaxation. This can be particularly helpful for nervous or easily excitable dogs.

  • Adaptable Activity: The beauty of scentwork is its versatility. It can be done almost anywhere, indoors or outdoors. You can easily incorporate it into your daily routine, whether it’s hiding a treat in the house or setting up a searches in outside areas of your home

  • Lifelong Learning: Scentwork offers endless possibilities for training and exploration. You can adjust the difficulty level, introduce new scents, or take classes to learn new techniques. This keeps things interesting for both you and your dog, providing a stimulating activity throughout their lives.

Mandy Rigby, Founder and Lead Trainer at Scent Work Academy initially gained qualifications in Canine Behaviour and specialises in Separation Anxiety. After discovering Scentwork with her exhuberant adolescent Retriever she became passionate about the activity and trained at Scentwork UK as an Instructor, Trial Manager and Judge. She has undergone CPD training through various organisations to deliver excellent scent detection training to her clients from novice to advanced. Over the past years she has introduced scentwork to hundreds of companion dog pet parents with their super sniffers.

Scent Work Academy has a thriving and friendly community who enjoy attending, scent training group sessions, workshops, event training days, progressions gradings and competitions.

If you are looking for a way to tap into your dog’s natural abilities, improve their behaviour, and create lasting memories together, scentwork is an amazing activity to explore. It’s a win-win for both of you!  The first step in getting involved is Scent Work Academy’s Beginner’s Workshop

Scent Work for Beginner’s Workshop

Over 65 Five Star Google Reviews
We had a great 121 with Mandy this week, clear instruction and guidance along with easy to follow guides for homework, so we can practice. Lots of fun and brain engaging activities, loved our session.

Thank you Mandy, looking forward to our next session.
Excellent afternoon, interesting and instructive Samantha and I enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend, very professional. Thank you.
Mandy ran a Sniff It Out Level 1 session. It was very informative, Mandy adapted the session with ease when she realised my dog was already imprinted on cloves. We covered lots, enjoyed our session and have booked again.
A brilliant workshop, very friendly and welcoming, packed with lots of information and fun sessions for you and your dog to experience. I would highly recommend
An excellent and informative workshop for learning about scentwork. The basics were very well explained, the dogs all had many opportunities for practice, and the evaluation for each handler was clear and positive. Thoroughly enjoyed the day - as did my dog! 🐾
Completed the Scent Work Academy with my 6 month old spaniel. Small classes, good mix of information and practical work. Trainers were quick to respond and adapt to all the dogs needs keeping the atmosphere relaxed and fun. Really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely recommend.

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