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  • #67997


    Kiwi’s daycare is going to be offering a new class shortly that we’re going to check out. It sounds like it will be interesting and should be fun for her. It’s relatively new in Manitoba but is already popular in other provinces.

    The Sport of Scent Detection

    Sporting Detection dogs promotes the fun and competitive versions of scent detection, such as for narcotics, bed bugs or explosives. However, our competitions use legal scents that are easily purchased and stored by the average person.
    The dog must locate a hidden target scent within a certain area and alert the handler to its location. It is a true partnership sport in which both members of the team help one another to perform an efficient and clean search. This type of “hunting” will promote confidence in the dog and provide intense mental stimulation. It is also intended to promote a positive, trusting relationship between owner and dog given that the owner must learn to trust in the dog’s superior scenting ability and also to read the subtleties of canine body language.

    Whether practiced for sport or fun, scent detection is suited to all types of dogs and handlers. Various human or canine disabilities are easily accommodated as are behavioural issues. Classes and trials are run so that each search is done by one dog and handler team working by itself, allowing dogs with issues to focus and learn. Working individually and without social stressors allows the dog to channel its energy, leaving the dog and handler free to concentrate. Natural dog behaviours often regarded as “uncivilized”, such as pulling on leash and barking in enthusiasm, are acceptable and may even be encouraged as part of drive and confidence building. Unruly behaviour can also be curbed by using the dog’s desire to search to develop focus and self-control.

    The Sporting Detection Dogs Association has been established so that dogs and their handlers can enjoy the sport and earn titles.

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    Claudette Kinkade

    Sounds interesting, keep us posted as to how Kiwi likes it (and you too). Kiwi is one lucky little girl, you are always trying new things with her.

  • #68050


    You must let me know how it goes. It is on my list for Maci as a senior activity 🙂

  • #68462


    We’re 4 weeks into our 6 week beginner Canine Sport Detection class. Kiwi’s enjoying “school” as we call it it and so are we. The scent that is used for them to search out is wintergreen. If any of you have the opportunity to take a class where you are I would encourage you to give it a try. It’s fun to see them work and search out the scent. We’ll continue on with the next level once we’re done this set.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  Mom2Maddie.
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    Claudette Kinkade

    Good for Kiwi, so great she and you are enjoying “school.” Sounds like a fun class.

  • #68469


    That is so great that Kiwi has the option to go to those types of things.

  • #68471


    Great Kiwi..sounds like lots of fun and “school” should be fun.

  • #68474


    I am always hearing how interesting and fun it is. And it also has the bonus of tiring the pup out still 🙂

    So glad Kiwi is loving it. And she is so smart I know she is being an A student!

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