Smart Dog Nose

Does your dog love to sniff?

Would you like to turn their sniffing from a solo pursuit into a team activity? Would your dog benefit from extra mental stimulation that is fun for you both, tiring for your dog, and builds your bond?

The method used by Talking Dogs Scentwork was developed specifically for pet dogs, combining founder Pam Mackinnon’s experience as an ex-customs dog handler and her experience as a trainer. Dogs of any age, breed, and ability can enjoy scentwork, with the searching tailored to individuals’ needs: timid dogs can gain confidence, easily distracted dogs can gain focus, and all dogs love sniffing out their prize!

Talking Dogs Scentwork Workshops

From the first stages of learning  to associate a specific scent with reward, you and your dog can progress through all our workshops learning how scent works, what your dog needs, how to hide articles to achieve specific results, and have the best time truly working in partnership with each other.

Please see scheduled workshops below.

For all queries and bookings, please get in touch! 

1-2-1 scentwork sessions are also available. 

This workshop is open to all handlers who have completed S1 as a handler and/or the Talking Dogs Scentwork Teach Your Dog to Sniff online course. 

Introduction into the fun world of Scent Detection

Suitable for all ages and breeds.

Enrich their lives

These classes are fantastic for dogs of all ages.

Nose work is low impact mental enrichment for your dog and fun for you too.

Fun for all

It is great for shy dogs or those with sensitivities to build their confidence and promotes impulse control.

Builds your bond

Scent detection is team work. You and your dog will work together to search and find. Building trust and connection.

Take it further

Scent work is a popular dog sport and training activity throughout the country. The Smart Dog  promotes the fun of nose work through trials allowing you to progress through the levels while having fun with your dog. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

What do I need for class?

  • Your dog on a lead (and body harness If you have one)
  • Your dog’s blanket
  • High-Value treats
  • Small Airtight jar

Do you give handouts for homework?

We don’t use handouts anymore. Instead, we’ve gone one step further. You will have access to our online Home Study platform. Everything covered in the classes is there for you 24/7.

Do I need prior training?

No prior experience is needed for the foundation courses.

If you want to attend the intermediate session. You have to have completed the foundation course with us or have prior experience. Please contact us, if you have started your training elsewhere.