The art of teaching requires that the trainer makes the skill they are teaching look easy. But I'm not going to sugar coat it: recognising the dog’s physical, behavioural and emotional needs in addition to a thorough understanding of both learning theory and scentwork systems is far from easy. There are no short cuts.
But learning your craft doesn't have to be a slog. The process is the prize, enjoying learning and wanting to pass that knowledge on to others is a real gift. I've put together a series of Pro-Track courses that will help you dig deeper in order to better understand the needs and roles of both dog and handler. Reading body language, knowing how to respond to different dogs in different situations, communicating clearly and succinctly is what makes great scentwork trainers stand out from the crowd.
We know how useful scentwork training can be. Not just a joyful activity that people and dogs can participate in together, but as a tool for building relationships, confidence and engagement. Supporting scentwork teams as they learn how to use their dogs' innate scenting talent to best effect is one of the most important gifts you can offer. And with increasing numbers of clients wanting to learn about scentwork, this is a great time to take a deep dive into indications, handling skills, and coaching techniques in preparation for adding scentwork to your service portfolio.
And even better is knowing that you can be supported too. Supported as you begin to teach starter scentwork and as you develop and enhance your skills to reach a wider audience. It's the one thing I regret on my scentwork journey, so much of it was done alone. I'd have loved to have bounced ideas off a likeminded friend, to have had more support when working with my own dogs and to have had a safe place to ask questions and be a student. That's why the Trainer Scheme is there for you right from the start of your teaching journey, you don't have to be Billy No Mates as you work hard to learn and coach and excel at scentwork.
So let's go! Let's get learning and let's get teaching!