Scent LeashStar® – Introduction to Scentwork Course

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Welcome to the Scentwork Course held at the Bed and Biscuit Doggy Daycare in Cambridge, where we embark on a journey of discovery, learning, and bonding with our canine companions. Our 4-week course is designed to introduce you and your dog to the exciting world of scentwork. Scent work with dogs is vital as it offers mental stimulation, physical exercise, and the opportunity for dogs to employ their incredible olfactory skills. Beyond that, it strengthens the bond between dogs and their handlers, reduces stress, and encourages problem-solving and learning. This engagement is not only fun but also a practical tool for addressing behavior issues and preparing dogs for important roles like search and rescue or detection work, making it a truly valuable and enriching activity for both dogs and their owners.

Course Duration and Session Length:

  • The course runs for four weeks, providing ample time for you and your dog to build essential scentwork skills. Each session is approximately 60-75 minutes, allowing for engaging and productive learning.

Class Size:

  • To ensure personalized attention, we limit each class to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 dogs. This way, we can tailor the course to the needs of both beginners and those with some prior experience.

Special Note on Odor:

  • Throughout the course, we’ll be working with Clove Bud Oil, the same odor used in SSANZ organized competitions, providing you and your dog with a valuable and authentic experience.

What to Bring:

  • A long lead will be necessary to assist with the exercises.
  • Plenty of treats for your dog to enjoy during training. Note that we may also use Superior Chunky treats; please let us know in advance if your dog has any sensitivities.
  • A harness is preferable for scentwork activities, providing better control and comfort for your dog.

Terms of Course Attendance

  • All participating dogs must be up to date with their vaccinations, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
  • Dogs should be comfortable working indoors around other dogs and people. If your dog is anxious or requires special accommodations, please discuss this with us in advance. We have crates available for those who may need them. 
  • Only one handler to attend per dog.
  • Punctuality is vital for the success of the lessons, the class will start on time. If you know that you will be late please text and let us know as the venue door will be locked at the start of the class for security.
  • Cancellation Policy : For booking cancelled less than 5 days prior to the start of the course or afterthe course has started, no refund will be given. If you are asked to leave the course due to any of the reasons above no refund will be given.

Success through Communication anfd Connection

Your dog does not speak English – obviously – and you do not speak dog. So the number one issue in dog training is communication. Our training programs teach you how to ‘speak’ your dog’s language – (which, interestingly, is 90% body language and a few other things) and we help you to ‘attach’ english words to certain desired actions or tasks your dog needs to be able to live comfortably with you and your family – e.g. sit, stay, heel, etc.

Even if you could perfectly communicate with your dog, their willingness would still be down to the relationship that you have with them – and the context of the situation (i.e. why and when the request is given and what else is happening at the time). So we help you to develop your relationship with your furry friend – i.e. for you to better understand them and for them to better understand you.

NOTE: on the idea of relationship: violence begets violence. The idea that we need to make our dog submit through violence is just wrong! Beating a dog into submission builds fear – not trust – and can permanently damage your relationship with your dog. Using violence and pain to train a dog builds an unstable anxious animal. It suppresses behaviour that will come out somewhere else – i.e. you might suppress the behaviour, but it may come out when the dog is playing with your kids – and that’s when dogs become dangerous.

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