Cherry nose

15 ways dog trainers get scentwork training wrong. And how to avoid making the same mistakes.

I have concentrated the last ten years on teaching scentwork over everything else. And as a result I have learned lots! I’ve learned how to teach scentwork in such a way that I can’t recall any dog and handling coming to any of my workshops and failing. Every team has understood the task and achieved …

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happy Ettie terrier 4 days after spay

Spay – yay or nay? How to decide if neutering is right for your dog

So, I did it! Rather the vet did it. Ettie’s had her keyhole spay. It was done last week and I’m received to say that she sailed through it.  Don’t overshare When it comes to medical matters, I learned in the worst way not to overshare. My little foundling Toby, who I spotted wandering on …

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RECREATIONAL SNIFFING

Why recreational sniffing is not a waste of time

One of my favourite activities is to find new places to visit with my dogs. It’s something I crave during lockdown. I love the change of scene. The fun of experiencing a novel route, whether following (or trying to follow) predetermined paths. Or going off piste and exploring new woods, beaches and estates brings so …

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search factors

A year of search factors to use in your searches

In this, my third blog in the series on search themes, I’m going to talk about search factors. These are some of the specific factors and choices you can make when planning your searches. Each has it’s own pros and cons, depending on your goals. Your dog might not be ready for inaccessible finds or …

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outdoor search

24 outdoor search themes to inspire you all year

Following the great feedback you gave on the 24 indoor search ideas post, I know you’re going to love this one on outdoor search themes just as much. 24 more ideas of how to make the most of whatever you can access.  Outdoor searches often have the additional challenge of weather and air movement. You …

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