Increasing the Challenge
Your dog's search skills are better than yours, how do you stay engaged and stop your training becoming boring and predictable? Stick with me, I will show you.
Now that you and your dog are addicted to scentwork, how do you increase the challenge without decreasing the fun?
Your dog has learned to search for a specific scent, you have learned how to use the search plan and now you are ready to increase the challenge. But how?
Your dog finds the scented article before you've had a chance to participate, frustrating!
Never worry, I'm here to help keep you both on track, keep the teamwork strong, maintain the attention and response you've already fostered and open up searches so that you can so them anytime, anywhere.
In this course I detail multiple methods for increasing the challenge, from working outdoors to searching for more than one find, making the scent picture smaller to conducting blank searches. The lectures take you through how to use these techniques to build you and your dog's search skills to allow you to search for longer and find scented articles in a greater variety of hides. Video lectures showing a variety of breeds, downloadable handouts, graded quizzes and more will take your searches to the next level. On completion you will receive a graduation certificate. And you'll have a brilliant scentwork dog!
As a professional dog trainer for 30 years, I have used scentwork to help thousands of dogs work with their owners to be more attentive, less reactive, more relaxed, less agitated. As a universal skill that can be learned by all dogs and all owners, the flexibility, fast results and good old fashioned fun found in scentwork led me to form Talking Dogs Scentwork® in 2011.
Since then I've been working hard to keep up with demand, such is the interest in scentwork. As the first national provider of scentwork training for non-selected (pet) dogs in Great Britain, TDS has quickly grown into the go-to scentwork training provider, with the TDS Detector Dog manual proving more popular than I could have ever imagined, selling well all over the world, but particularly in the UK and USA. I specialise in teaching all breed types, all ages, all abilities (physical, mental and emotional) Combining my years as a professional drug detector dog handler for HM Customs with my experience as a pet dog training and behaviour consultant, I tailor my teaching to dogs who don't have jobs, those who have been selected as companions rather than tools of the trade.
I spend the majority of my time travelling around the
UK teaching Talking Dogs Scentwork® workshops. I am also privileged to be asked to share my knowledge at conferences and
with major organisations, including Dogs Trust, Puppy School, Victoria Stilwell and the
prestigious Woof! Conference.
To help meet demand and expand our knowledge base, I have been joined by a wonderful and select team of Talking Dogs Scentwork® Accredited Trainers.
Some of my working highlights include:
- Drug Detector Dog Handler with HM Customs & Excise
- Sirius Puppy Trainer in association with Dr. Ian Dunbar
- Assistance Dog Trainer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
- Behaviourist for Wood Green Animal Shelters
- Founding & running Talking Dogs Scentwork®, part of Talking Dogs Ltd.
- Creating TD Rally® - a sport for pet dogs & their people
Frequently Asked Questions
Don't get left behind, keep building your team, strengthening your dog's response to you in scentwork and beyond. Engagement, attention and trust all come from working together for a common goal and this in the course that will teach you how to do that.
This is a Core course, Next Steps level, so work through one of our Starter courses (Teach you dog to sniff!, Puppy Scentwork or Senior Scentwork) and our Scentwork Skills course first.