Scent Work Classes

Whatever experience of scent work you and your dog has, we have a class for you

From taster workshops or beginners, improvers and advanced classes, whatever experience of scent work you and your dog has we have a class or workshop for you running throughout the year.

You and your dog will engage in scent work exercises, which will include a variety of items and location searches. Your dog’s natural scenting ability will be put to work and trained to search, locate and indicate on a specific scent. We work at a pace and standard you and your dog are happy with. There are limited spaces on the class and workshops entries so everyone gets a chance to fully enjoy the experience.

You can participate in classes just for fun with your dog or you can go on further to enter in Scentwork UK progression levels.

Mandy is a Qualified Scentwork UK Trainer, Trial Manager and Judge covering Birmingham South & Solihull and coaching you and your dog through the steps ready to enter your first trials and /or participate in Sniff-away events at different locations

Beginners classes – From 2022 you and your dog will be required to attend a taster workshop prior to attending classes. This gives you and your dog  an opportunity to have a scent work experience morning or afternoon prior to committing to more regular classes. The workshop is friendly, fun and very popular with attendee’s.

Please note there is a waiting list for places at the present time please register your interest for future via the contact form.

‘Sniff It Out’ Scent Work Taster for Beginners Workshops  please see timetable below

Scent Work for Companion Dogs Classes

Costs per class start at £15.00 – Classes to be booked in a set of three classes per term £45 in total 

Advanced Class Level 2 and above

9.30am – 10.30am

10.30am – 11.30am

Improvers Class – Level 1

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Beginners Classes Introductory Level Part 1 (six weeks) & Part 2 (six weeks)  

** Class eligibility previous attendance at ‘Sniff It Out’ Scent Work for Beginners Taster Workshop 


6.00-7.00pm & 7.15-8.15pm

Progression on to SWUK Level 1 – 1.00pm- 2.15pm  (class time may change to slightly earlier in 2022)

 ‘Sniff It Out’ – Taster Workshops for Beginners

  • Saturday May 29th 2021 – 2.00pm – 4.30pm  (Completed)
  • Saturday June 19th 2021 – 2.00pm – 4.30pm (Completed)
  • Saturday July 24th – 2.00pm – 4.30pm (Completed)
  • Sunday 8th August – 10.30am – 1.00pm (Completed)
  • Saturday 18th September – 2.00pm- 4.30pm (Completed)
  • Saturday 16th October – 2.00-4.30pm (Full)
  • Saturday 20th November 10.00am-12.30pm – (Full)

Taster workshops will recommence in 2022 – New dates released in January –  If you are interested please register via the contact page

Venue: Solihull Lodge Community Centre, Shirley, B90 1NJ

Cost : £45, including a coffee break and biscuits, attendance certificate and rosette

Experience: No previous experience required

What to bring with you : Water –  Dog Bowl – Dog Blanket – Food rewards (non crumbly is preferred) mild cheese, sausage, liver. A reasonable length lead 2m+. Poop bags. A dog training clicker if you use in training

*Dogs to be worked on a harness or flat collar – no flexi leads permitted

Covid-19 guidelines will be followed in conjunction to the Government guidelines

Spectator places for those not accompanying a dog are £15

At the present time due to limited areas in use within the hall only dog/people friendly dogs are permitted

Please read our to terms and conditions listed at the bottom of the page. These are accepted on booking events, classes and workshops

To register interest in classes or workshops please contact through the contact page


We’ve just started scent work classes with Mandy and she made both my reactive rescue dog and me feel very welcome and safe in class. My little chap is not naughty he’s just frightened and taking him to new places where there are other dogs is a big deal. Mandy recognised this from the start and gave us solutions to build our confidence together. We both love scent work and look forward to every session. I would highly recommend Mandy’s classes especially if you have a tricky dog, no judgement, just lots of positive feedback.
Thanks Mandy

Claire and Max (Jack Russell)

Boo Boo and I started our scent work journey with Mandy few months ago. We love the classes she runs – they are fun and practical. We also had a 1-2-1 session with her prior to our Level 1 trial. Up until the day of our trial Mandy has been very supportive and reassuring, always responds to messages with lots of useful and practical tips. We are glad to have Mandy to guide us in this fun sport. Would highly recommend both Mandy and anyone considering doing scent work.

Ruby and Boo Boo (Bichon Frise)

Had a brilliant time at the scent training workshop. Mandy was very informative, patient, and positive. I will definitely be looking to book further scent training classes!

Helen and Ralph (Labrador)