Opportunities to experience what is Talking Dogs Scentwork with Licensed Trainer, Moira OWERS on the Isle of Mull - dates for 2018 coming soon: Scent 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 all on offer.
Fun filled days as a handler with your dog or as a spectator, where you will discover how dogs learn to make the very best use of their noses.
Scent 1 - Foundation
This is your introduction to scentwork where you and your dog learn the basics. Your dog will be introduced to a specific scent and will be encouraged to give an active indication (dog plays with the scented article or eats the food find rather than going still and staring or sitting in front of it.) You will learn about the scent picture, basic handling skills, free searching and blind searches. There are no pre-requisites for dogs, or handlers, attending this workshop, all are welcome.
Scent 2 - Handling Skills
Scent 2 concentrates on handling skills, introducing directed searches and search patterns. These allow teams to increase the challenge of the searches, including changes of height, duration of search and multiple/zero finds. Building on the foundation searches, this day will push the boundaries and challenge your team.
This workshop is open to all handlers who have completed S1 as a handler, or as a spectator who has taught their dog to find one specific scent and give an active indication (i.e. retrieve the article.)
Scent 3 - Skill Builder
Building on the use of search patterns, searches become longer, thresholds become smaller. Hiding scented articles inside items, inside other items requires the team to work more accurately and efficiently. Some new 'n lead' searches such as baggage & postal sacks, may also be introduced.
This workshop is open to all handlers who have completed Scent 2. Cost £80 incl lunch
Scent 4 - Environmentals
This is all about searching in new environments, the closest you and your dog will get to the actual experience of operational detector dog work. Delegates must have attended a minimum of two Talking Dogs Scentwork® workshops before attending this workshop. Only 6 dog/handler teams will be accepted on to each Scent 4 workshop, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Scent 5 - Practise Day
A day of honing skills through multiple finds, blank searches and declaring the search area clear. Find out just how well you and your dog are really working. Great preparation for Scent 6.
Open to all handlers who have completed S3
Scent 6 - Accredited Handler Test Day
For details click here
Scent 7 - Smugglers beware
Teams will need to be at the top of their game to find the realistic hides during this advanced workshop. This workshop will set teams real life challenges, pushing thresholds to their limits and hides to a new level never before experienced during our workshops. Much fun to be had!
This workshop is open to all Accredited Handlers - only 9 places available