In January 2016 we started a new venuture - Scentwork Essex!
Fiona is an approved trainer for Scentwork UK to Level 4 and also an approved Trials Manager and Judge.
It is such a shame that we all 'tut' and tell our dogs off for sniffing.......... they really can't help it!
Scentwork is when a dog uses its sense of smell to identify and locate a scent which it has been trained to detect. Dogs have a highly sensitive nose, vastly superior to our own. Scentwork is a natural behaviour for a dog and essential in hunting and finding prey. As man’s best friend, this behaviour has been put to many uses – for example in police work, search and rescue, and hunting. As a dog sport, Scentwork has emerged from detection style nosework as practiced by customs and excise, explosives detection, search and rescue and medical detection dogs.
Our training is in line with the Scentwork UK curricumlum (please see the Scentwork UK website for further details).
What we particuarly like about scentwork is that it is so inclusive. Being a non-impact sport, dogs of any age can take part, in fact it is so gentle its even suitable for dogs recovering from injury. Dogs and handlers can also take part without having had any other formal training so it really is for everyone.