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Nosework FAQs

Nose work, scent work, scent detection, sport detection…..

…..It doesn’t matter what you call it – it’s a sport for pet dogs, based on real life bomb, drug or contraband detection.

Every Dog Needs A Job

Dogs are not just soulful eyes, stomachs and fur....they've got brains too! Every dog needs a job and dog sports are a great way to employ your dog and his/her mind.

3 Simple Fixes for Food Training Gone Wrong


I love using food in training. Close up or at a distance, it’s dead easy to deliver as a reward and dogs generally love it and want to work for it.  Some dogs will do cartwheels for cheerios (can anyone say “Labrador Retriever”)?  Food can be used not only as the perfect reinforcement  for good behaviour, but it can also be used as a lure. Luring with food, i.e. getting a dog to target a food treat with his nose, can be used to elicit an amazing array of behaviours.

Fifteen years ago I had to spend a lot of time defending the use of food in training: about half of my clients needed some convincing. Now, most people are on board with it - and the dogs are thankful!

So what’s the problem?

Top 5 Tips for Dog-People Greetings

It’s holiday season and that means lots of visiting and visitors. Follow these tips so that your dog is welcome to say hi to anyone on the street or at home.

Five Keys to a Safe Halloween

I asked my students in class last night: what’s your plan for your puppy on Halloween? I got 6 blank stares – no one had thought about what to do with the dog! And because most of the dogs were new to their homes, owners and dogs had no experience with the perils of Halloween.

To Be or Not to Be....a Dog's Dog

We all want our dogs to 'make nice' with other dogs—and shouldn’t it come naturally? Dogs are social, after all. So why does an otherwise sweet-natured canine buddy turn into a killjoy at the park? One reason is that dogs can be introverts, too.