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. 

Scent 1 


This is your introduction to scentwork where you and your dog learn the core skill: searching for a specific scent.

Your dog will be introduced to their scent of choice and will be encouraged to give an active indication (dog plays with the scented article or eats the food find rather than freezing and staring or sitting in front of it.)

You will learn about the scent picture, basic handling skills, free searching and blind searches. Gain knowledge from our online presentation, and enjoy personalised coaching during the practical session. 

There are no pre-requisites for dogs, or handlers, attending this workshop, all are welcome.

Scent 2 

Handling skills

This is your follow up to Scent 1 and builds on the skills you and your dog learned at that workshop.

Scent 2 concentrates on building the skills of you, the handler, which are so crucial to the enjoyment and effectiveness of your dog.  You will also learn the essential skills that allow you and your dog to increase the challenge of your searches. Teaching your dog to work close to you in order to search thoroughly and methodically (directed searches) and bringing in search plans are skills that you will use in every subsequent search.  

With these skills you will be able to search for longer, locate multiple finds and begin to work at height.

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.