The skills you need for every search are right here
Make no mistake. If you love scentwork, you need this course. You simply can't move forward without the skills you'll learn here.
Handling skills are the backbone of great scentwork. This course is your first opportunity to learn how to address your role in the scentwork partnership. I discuss how to move and communicate with your dog. And in a new lesson I take a look at some of the most common handling issues.
You will also discover 4 key skills of scentwork:
- Directed searches
- Search plan
- Safety checks
- Harness use
Directed Searches make up the majority of all searches once you've taught your dog the basics of how to sniff. You will use them in every search. Without them you waste time, energy and efficiency. Plus you'll miss more than you find!
We look in depth at why we need Search Plans, and how to execute the search patterns that make up the Search Plan so that you and your dog can move another step closer to working like a professional detector dog team. With footage showing the difference between working with or without a plan, you will easily see why they are an essential element of scentwork.
I teach you all the search patterns that make up the plan, and the role each one plays.
I will also walk you through Safety Checks, the pre-search risk assessments that will keep you and your dog safe while sniffing. And I show you how to select and use the right scentwork harness for your dog.
A booklet containing all the course notes plus graded quizzes ensure you get the best from the course, and on completion you will receive a graduation certificate.
Scentwork Skills is the next stage after you have completed the Teach your dog to sniff!, Puppy Scentwork or Senior Scentwork course. Or the in-person Scent 1 workshop.