Crazelpup is proud to offer mixed nosework classes! These take place on Monday and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30pm in and around Iford (near Christchurch).
In these classes, we rotate between teaching scentwork and tracking, and occasionally we also include search and rescue and mantrailing tasters throughout the course.
Different types of nosework
Scentwork in scentwork sessions, dogs will be air-scenting to find a specific target odour. In our classes, that odour is cloves, as this is the standard entry-level competition odour in scentwork UK trials. Classes will teach dogs to search for, identify and indicate on the scent.
Tracking is what you would have seen police dogs do on television, when they are looking for a criminal. It consists of the dogs following the ground scent of human footprints, skin flakes and disrupted ground whilst on a long-line. At the end of a track, dogs will find an article that the track-layer has dropped, which they will perform an indication on.
Search and Rescue is like a combination of tracking and scentwork, but instead of an article being at the end, the target odour is a person. Dogs will run off lead (you need a good recall for this!) to find the 'victim,' perform an indication, return to their owners and lead them to the 'victim'. For this, the dogs use both air-scenting and ground-scenting.
Mantrailing is similar to search and rescue, but on lead. With mantrailing, dogs are expected to follow roughly the path the 'victim' took, but it isn't as precise as with tracking, where they literally follow in their footsteps. Mantrailing uses a match to sample approach, where the dogs sniff an object that carries the 'victim's' scent before embarking on the trail, so they know exactly who they are looking for.
Jodie has attended nosework workshops by Talking Dogs Scentwork, the UK College of Scentdogs, completed online courses on scent by The School of Canine Science and has read many books and papers on it. Additionally she has helped and taught classes in this activity for four years and has trained her own dogs up to a competition level. Her approach is dog-centric, meaning that methods and training will be adapted to the individual learner. She has a passion for learning and isn't afraid to jump into a muddy bog or run through stinging nettles to create the best nosework experience!