Appointments in Axminster Venues by appointment.

Course fee : £99

Three hour-long 1-2-1 sessions introducing your dog to scentwork, which includes scent discrimination, handler skills, equipment management tips and an opportunity for your dog to carry out free search and directed searching in a safe area. A partnership will develop across the course, enabling handlers to use 'sniffling' in their dog's training and stimulation schedule. An option to train towards Scentwork UK Trials in the future is also available. Please note : Passive Indication is introduced in Course 2 (from January 2018).

Bookings also being taken for 'introduction sessions' at Ryslip Group for LRA members @ three sessions for £99. Please email for information and a booking form.

New trainees, please bring with you three clean cardboard boxes and a selection of plastic/fabric/canvas/leather containers/bags.  Chopped mild cheddar cheese is used in a first instance.  Clean, scented articles and toys are used as the course progresses. Start collecting!  A harness attached to a long lead is recommended for your dog to ensure his safety when searching. 

Four-week Course : £48 on booking.  This group course can be joined part-way through, subject to prior contact with trainer.

Dates : Friday at 11 am. Starting now. All Saints VH.  Please enquire.


 Every dog loves to scent! As owners we know that sniffing is probably our dog’s favourite thing and will hold his attention and take him into a world that precludes us. It is estimated that a dog’s sense of smell is in excess of 10,000 times more acute than our own! The olfactory cortex, which works out what the scent is and its relevance, is thought to be 40 times’ superior to that of humans. It is also estimated that as much as a third of a dog’s brain is dedicated to scenting! Truly astounding!
For those of us that own highly driven scenting breeds, we often discourage free searching in order to prevent uncontrolled chasing. We often love to watch the scenting process and recognise how much it fulfils our dogs, but the risks of chasing game are high and can be detrimental to our relationship. My Scentwork Course will start the process of building a partnership where you each have an important role. No longer ‘the killjoy’ of his hunting exploits, but a support in the searching process in a safe environment, providing an opportunity to learn more about your dog’s amazing nose skills. This is the first step towards tiring and stimulating your dog without hours of hiking; the first step towards forming a team to work indoors/outdoors, high and low in varying conditions. Fun and fulfilling for your both and a game of scope!
Within the dog world there are a variety of search styles and each is adapted to a specific task. For example, Search and Rescue primarily uses air scenting in order to cover large areas – and a number of the Gundog breeds work naturally in this style too (Pointers/Setters and the Hunt/Point/Retriever sub-groups and some of the Retrieving breeds). Working Trials require the dog to search alone for random items incongruous to the area, rather than to a particular scent. Obedience competition asks the dog to find one scent from a pattern of unscented cloths laid out on the floor and Detector Dogs are trained to find a number of scents in various environments and at different levels working as a team with their handler. All these styles require slightly different training and honing of scenting skills. Our Scentwork Course will help your dog to draw on a number of the above skills, build on his favoured ones and to work together with you, the handler, to reach the goal.

Please note : Training towards Scentwork UK Trials is an option for handlers attending this course or 1-2-1s with Pawsm8. Odours are introduced in Class 2 or 3. Take a look at the Scentwork UK website.

Carolyn Fry copyright

**Talking Dogs Scentwork Accredited Handler 2016**

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