Scent Detection

Scent Detection is an exciting game that refines your dog’s searching skills based on detection training for explosive, narcotic, and bed bug dogs. It helps calm excitable dogs, builds drive and confidence and provides you with an easy and low impact way to mentally stimulate your pup in any environment.

Our Scent Detection classes are available to dogs of all sizes, ages, breeds, & temperaments.

Let your dog take a whiff of this new urban dog sport!

Introductory  Level

Our Introductory Level program is designed to get you and your dog ready for the “Sporting Detection Dogs Association” DOT test.

We will Introduce the dog to searching a variety of containers, teach the dog to give an “alert” (a visual cue to the handler to indicate that their dog has found the correct location of the scent) and develop the dog’s ability to search for the Wintergreen scent.

Each class builds upon the skills practiced in the previous classes and by the end of the 6 weeks dogs should be able to locate a containered scent in an enclosed area with a number of distractions.

Starter Level

Once a dog has become familiar with searching for the Wintergreen scent, you can move on to refining their ability to detect the correct location of the scent in tighter grids or or over wider areas, inside and outside.  This course is designed to prepare your dog for Started Level SDDA trials.

Our Started Level program will continue to challenge the dogs’ ability to search for Wintergreen hidden in containers and introduce the dogs to searching inside a novel interior room and outside (weather permitting). We will introduce the concept of multiple “hides” and add increasingly difficult distractions such as fake scents or novel items,  all the while aiming to increase the dog’s efficiency to find & indicate hides as fast and accurately as possible.

Weather permitting we will also work outside in our parking lot, outdoor field and introduce the dogs to searching cars.

Trainer, Shianna Fairley

Shianna has been working with animals, including horses, dogs and cats for several years. Her experience in trailing in Rally-o, agility and scent detection have folded her into a wonderful trainer of not only her own amazing pets (two dogs and two cats) but her client’s dogs too. Shianna has tripled successfully with her dogs in Rally-O, Agility and in Scent Detection.

Class Information & Pricing

All classes run for six weeks with a one-hour lesson per week. The group is limited to six dogs and the cost is $250 plus HST.

We also offer ongoing training classes to keep your young dog on the right track to becoming a well-behaved pet who is welcome in your family and the community.

Upcoming Classes

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