Scent Detective Classes
Dogs live by their nose. If there is something sending off particles of scent, a dog will smell it. Every biochemical change in your body changes your overall scent and especially the scent in your breath.
A dog can detect changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and perspiration, by smelling it. A dog's sense of smell is so sensitive, it can smell a teaspoon of vitamin C in a thousand gallons of water, Dogs are even being trained currently to detect whale poop from shore or from a boat. What we're doing in this set of modules is picking the odor we want them to detect and showing them that it is immensely rewarding to do so.
1 - Committing To the Scent
Nose work & scent games offer your dog a fun way to use their natural talents. Even though a dog’s sense of smell is more than 10000 times more powerful than our own they still rely on visuals, especially in familiar environments such as your home. Nose work games can help your dog hone in on their natural talents, and it’s a easy way to keep them entertained.
2 - Targeting the scent
My philosophy is that all training is a series of games. Your dog loves to play games with you, and eventually all the games come together for a perfect search. This module teaches you the first game that all dogs should learn no matter what type of training they are doing - targetting.
In scent work, targetting is more then just "finding" the scent. Targeting is about touching it, really smelling it newly each time, noticing what is around the scent and narrowing into where the source of the scent is. Targeting is also about staying with the scent even if it's moving until the human says "thank you" - the beginnings of a persistant alert.
The games in this module can be used for scent, for hearing, for agility or 90% of anything you want to train your dog to do.
3 - Scent recognition
In much of medical alert training, recognizing the exactness of a scent is particularly important. With diabetic alert, many trained dogs will start alerting on other people's sugar levels. This can be extremely confusing for you, your dog and the person who is the recipient of the alert. Especially if the alert behavior includes jumping up on the person.
This module will help you teach your dog the exact scent to target and alert on, it's aging process, how air currents can affect the detection of the scent and where the source of the scent should be - you, not someone else.
We believe that all diseases have scent associated with the diseases, due to the changes occurring within the body, with different organs expressing different chemical compounds. These scents are evident in breath, urine and sweat.
Dogs have highly sensitive senses and can learn to recognize symptoms from many types of disorders. In our work, they are not taught to react to symptoms, but to scent.
4 - Scent recognition with decoy scent
AKA Scent One Food Zero, this module teaches your dog that work comes first and that work is fun. There are many scents that a dog will run to besides food. I have scents from predators like coyotes and prey like deer that we can use to help your dog make the choice to stick to the task at hand and always target YOUR scent first. This turn your scent (or the scent you are working with if allergies are your thing) into a preditor of fun, food and sniffing pleasure.
5 - Scent recognition with distractions
This Scent Detective module will increase your dogs' natural scenting abilities and their desire to alert you by increasing the intricacy of the game. This module uses problem solving techniques and games that raise the level of focus and engagement and teach the dog to alert even in the presence of distractions and in new locations with strangers and other dogs.
Your dog will learn that it's the scent that is important. We will blindfold your dog, put booties and muzzles on, wrap the dog in ace bandages and leave bowls of hot dogs lying around. Distractions happen and your dog needs to know how to stay on task.
6 - Scent recognition in public placesThe ultimate distractions happen away from home. Home and the training space become ultra familiar and nothing is really distracting anymore. This module takes you out step by step into public places while keeping your dog's focus on the task at hand instead of looking to the environment for fun or entertainment.
This module will also teach you how to redirect your dog back to you no matter what the environment contains. With small dogs this may mean buying a chest pouch to carry the small dog in so that he has access to your mouth where most smells happen.
This module will also show those with allergies how to approach restaurants and your dog's need to smell the food.