Q. How is Talking Dogs Scentwork® different from other scentwork providers?
A. We were the first UK national scentwork organisation which makes us the most experienced in Europe and beyond.
NACSWA started in the USA 5 years earlier with a similar aim - to bring scentwork to all dogs - but went down a different path to us, choosing to set up competitions using passive indications.
We are a non-competitive provider as we believe that scentwork is more beneficial and satisfying without the pressure of competing. There are numerous competitive providers but few non-competitive. We remain at the forefront of companion dog scentwork providing effective, accessible training for all breed types, all abilities and all levels of experience.
Q. Do you work using active or passive indications?
A. We teach active indications. This allows the dog to retrieve the scented article rather than perform a pre-trained behaviour when she hits the target scent. This gives dogs the freedom to respond instinctively and naturally. In turn this keeps our training fully accessible to every dog no matter temperament, behaviour or health.
Q. Does this mean that if I work using passive indications your courses are not suitable for my scentwork team?
A. Not at all! All the techniques, skills and search types can be used for passive as well as active indicating dogs.
Q. What sort of training do you use?
A. We use non-compulsive, non-punitive, scientific, reward based techniques.
Q. Are these courses only for professional dog trainers?
A. Definitely not! I formed the company specifically for non-pro dogs and their people. As time went on, I developed more courses for those who already had some experience or who wanted to teach scentwork as part of their professional services. Students will find courses and content no matter their experience.
Q. Do I need to have a specific breed of dog to be successful with this training?
A. No! All breeds and breed types can be successful with Talking Dogs Scentwork® Our methods do not require any specific type of physical or behavioural traits. We've trained Chihuahuas and Great Danes, Jack Russells and Deerhounds, Leonbergers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. And everything in between. All are welcome. All can succeed.
Q. At what age can my dog start scentworking?
A. Pups as young as 10 weeks, seniors as old as 15 years and every age in between can successfully enjoy Detector Dog School courses.
Q. If me or my dog have physical, mental or emotional challenges can we be successful scentworkers?
A. Absolutely! All our training can be tailored to you and your dog's specific needs. Whether you are in wheelchair, or your dog is deaf. Whether you are anxious, or your dog is reactive, Talking Dogs Scentwork® can work for you!
Q. How long do I have access to courses that I enrol in?
A. You have lifetime access to all courses that you enrol into directly, i.e. not through the membership subscription.
Q. What does lifetime access mean?
A. Lifetime access refers to the lifetime of the school. As long as Detector Dog School remains open, you will have access to the courses you're directly enrolled in.
Q. Why should I enrol directly onto a course rather than subscribing to a membership?
A. This is best if you want lifetime access to courses, especially those with lots of video lessons. Often students want to return to courses to revise and review specific clips and lessons. For example, if you're teaching scentwork to clients you might not have seen a certain behaviour or come across a certain aspect. Being able to return to the course to find answers at a later date is extremely useful.
The same applies if you've been working through courses with one dog but then get a second dog who behaves and responds differently. You've already got access to the info but you might need to pay more attention to different lessons with your new dog.
Q. Why should I subscribe to a membership rather than enrolling into a course directly?
A. You might want to try before you buy. Or you might want access to as many courses and as much content as you can for the best price. You might also want to be part of our Facebook community, sharing and learning with and from fellow scentworkers.
Q. Are Talking Dogs Scentwork® and Detector Dog School part of the same company?
A. Yes, Detector Dog School is the online school for Talking Dogs Scentwork®