Scent detection is when a dog uses its sense of smell to identify and locate a scent which it has been trained to detect. Dogs have a highly sensitive nose, vastly superior to our own. Scentwork is a natural behaviour for a dog and essential in hunting and finding prey. As man’s best friend, this behaviour has been put to many uses – for example in police work, search and rescue, and hunting. As a dog sport, Scentwork has emerged from detection style nosework as practiced by customs and excise, explosives detection, search and rescue and medical detection dogs.
It is open to anyone and is suitable for all breeds and ages.
As well as being fun and very rewarding, it is also mentally tiring for your dog. Its a great confidence builder, especially for the shy dog, is a great activity for reactive dogs, older dogs or dogs who have limited mobility and will improve the relationship between you and your dog.
Caroline is a UK Sniffer Dogs Instructor (Bronze & Silver Level).
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU USE SAT NAV THE POSTCODE WILL TAKE YOU TO WITHERIDGE FARM WHICH IS JUST A FEW MINUTES AWAY FROM US BUT ON THE WRONG ROAD! YOU NEED TO LOOK FOR WESTHILL ON CROFT ROAD.
From Newton Abbot: Take the Totnes main road (A381). Follow the road to the mini roundabout by the cemetery. Turn right to Ogwell. Follow this road down into the dip and then all the way to the top of the hill. At the top you get to a junction (Ogwell Green), take the first turning on the right, signposted East and West Ogwell. Come down the hill into the village and take the first turning on the right, there will be a phone box and village memorial hall on your left, (if you get as far as the Jolly Sailor pub you have gone too far). Stay on the road for approximately 3/4 mile. You will now be on a country lane leaving the village behind, (Croft Road). Keep going and you will find us on the right hand side 3/4 mile from the village hall and approximately 2 miles (about 10 minutes) from Newton Abbot.
From Dyrons, take the Ashburton road (A383) for about a mile. Turn left into Orchard Grove, opposite the car wash. Then next left into Chercombe Bridge Road. Follow the country lane for three quarters of a mile. Take the next left signposted Ogwell. You will find Holiday Home for Pets at the top of the hill on the left.