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Are you looking for something fun to do with your dog?

Scent School (16+ weeks old)


Then our Nose Work classes are the thing for you!

A dog’s sense of smell is functional at birth, and from the moment they're born, your dog lives in a world rich with scents. A dog’s nose is an amazing thing to behold. Dogs have the ability to: wiggle each nostril independently, breathe in through the holes in the front of the nose and exhale through the side slits, they are also able to discern individual odors making up what we could call a “scent.”

We have about 5 million cells devoted to smelling; dogs have up to 220 million. Dogs also have four times the brain power devoted to processing scents compared to humans. When dogs smell something they are not just registering a smell, they get an entire story. Ever wonder why your dog’s nose is wet? The mucus on a dog’s nose actually helps it smell by capturing scent particles. When a dog’s nose is dry they may lick it to aid them in scent.

The purpose of our Nose Work class is to provide an outlet to channel your dog’s amazing sense of smell whilst building confidence in your dog, providing mental stimulation, reinforcing the bond between you and your dog and to have lots of fun!

Nose work, scent games or scent training is the latest dog training activity that develops your dog’s amazing natural scenting ability. Have fun with your dog while teaching your dog to detect a scent as quickly as possible and indicate to you that the scent has been located.

Best of all, any dog can do it!

What will my dog learn?

Week 1

  • Introduction to scent detection/training
  • Developing a search pattern
  • Building drive
  • The scent plume
  • Understanding behaviour/body language
  • Understanding the “sniff”

Week 2

  • Adding cues
  • Varying finds and locations

Week 3

  • Feeding at source 
  • Food placement
  • Timing of reinforcement
  • Repetition
  • Reward value

Week 4

  • Pairing
  • Obedience to source/scent
  • Unknown locations of scent/find it game

Week 5

  • Find location variations e.g. cupboards, chairs, walls, people
  • Adding distractions 
  • Working in the pet store (dog food isles, toys, treats,bedding)

Week 6

  • Adding distractions
  • Increasing difficulties of finds throughout the store

Class details

All of our dog training classes are held by Donna Edmonds. Donna is an Australian Accredited Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Instructor and a Qualified Vet Nurse & Nutrition Advisor. She has been doing training for Kellyville Pets for about 15 years

Course: 6 weeks, Cost: $230

Please go to Eventbrite to see our upcoming courses or contact us on 02 9629 3282 to book your spot.

What will I bring?

  • Treats (e.g. cooked chicken or liver treats)
  • Collar and lead (no choker chains please)
  • Vaccination record

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