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Private Scentwork Training in Bristol and Bath

Learn the magic of scent training and transform your dog into a scent detective!

Scent training is a wonderful activity to get involved with! It’s not only fun for both you and your dog, but it also has multiple benefits. From helping dogs feel calmer and more relaxed to increasing their confidence and positive attitude, scentwork is a great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated whilst having a great time together.

Scentwork is also a low-impact activity, meaning all dogs can join in. Whether you have a young puppy, an excitable teenage dog, or an older dog recovering from surgery, scentwork can enrich their life, allowing you to harness their natural scenting abilities and develop a strong relationship with them. 

I offer one-to-one scentwork training in Bristol and Bath, and online.

Why might one-to-one training be best for your dog?

Then my private scentwork courses are for you!

The Ultimate Sniffer Dog Experience:
8-Week Scentwork Course

Welcome to my immersive 8-week scentwork course, where we’ll unlock your dog’s incredible sniffing potential, transforming them into a skilled sniffer dog!

Week 1 – Motivation to Search. In this session, we will work on building your dog’s drive and motivation to search and get them to use their nose to find the things they love (their favourite treats or toys!). This can massively increase a dog’s motivation to search for other odours and scents. We will also introduce marker word training as this will be important to train our indication (45 minutes, in person).

Week 2 – Indication Introduction. In this session, we will introduce a freeze indication. An indication is a trained behaviour that a dog will use to communicate with their handlers that they found and located the target odour. This is an essential part of scent detection training as we need your dog to be able to communicate with you clearly and effectively (30 minutes, in person).

Week 3 – Indication Progression. In this session, we will progress your indication training according to your dog’s skills. The training will be 100% tailored around their level and needs. Please note that all dogs will progress at different speeds (and a lot will depend on how much training you can do with them!) (30 minutes, online).

Week 4 – Video Submission. There will be a 2-week break between week 3 and week 5. This will give you a chance to practise your indication training before introducing the search element. On week 4, all I ask is that you send me some videos of your training so that I can give you some feedback (online, via WhatsApp).

Week 5 – Indication and Searching. In this session, we will try to bring indication and searching together. Both elements need to be worked on independently before being brought together (in person, 30 minutes).

Week 6 – Video Submission. There will be a 2-week break between week 5 and week 7. This will give you a chance to practise bringing your indication and search training together before we start to search properly. On week 6, all I ask is that you send me some videos of your training so that I can give you some feedback (online, via WhatsApp).

Week 7 – Search. In this session, everything we have been working on will be coming together as we get your dog to use their nose to search for and offer an indication on the target scent**.

Week 8 – Video Submission. This is a final video submission for me to give you feedback and ensure you are happy with everything we covered during our course and clear about how to progress your training.

**Please note that the content might need to be adapted depending on how things will progress. All dogs are individuals, and the speed at which they learn can be affected by many factors (including how much you practise!). Whilst I can’t guarantee your dog will be able to run a full search and offer a reliable indication by the end of the course, I am 100% committed to supporting you and your dog in your training journey, and I’ll be available to give your feedback and answer any questions you might have for the duration of the whole programme.

SCENTWORK

8-Week Scentwork Programme

£299
  • 4 in-person sessions of tailored and practical training, at your home or a location of your choice*
  • 1 online session to progress your training, ask questions, and receive feedback LIVE
  • 2 x video submissions to review your progress and give you some feeback
  • Email/WhatsApp support in-between sessions to help you troubleshoot as you go
  • Video review and feedback to speed up your progress for the duration of the programme
  • Confidence that you are receiving tailored advice from a trainer who has invested hundreds of hours in training with some of the best Scent Detection Instructors in the UK
  • Medium Red Kong included (this will be our target scent - if you would like to work with a different scent please let me know so we can discuss)
I want to join in!

*Please note that extra mileage fees apply over 10 miles from BS5. The corresponding parking fee will apply if parking charges apply in your area.

Welcome to my immersive 6-week course where we’ll unlock your dog’s incredible sniffing potential, transforming them into a skilled sniffer dog!

Scent Pairing. Prepare to witness the magic as we guide your dog through the fascinating process of associating a specific odour with something exciting and rewarding. They’ll learn that whenever they catch a whiff of that scent, wonderful things are about to happen!

Indication. Ever marvelled at the awe-inspiring sight of police or medical detection dogs freezing in their tracks upon finding the exact target they’re searching for? Get ready to be amazed as we impart the same remarkable skill to your dog, minus any illicit substances, of course. They’ll become masters of pinpointing and indicating the precise source of the desired scent.

Search. Watch in awe as your dog’s natural instincts flourish and their search capabilities skyrocket. We’ll teach them how to systematically scour an area, utilising their heightened sense of smell to trace the origin of the captivating scent. Prepare to be astounded by their impressive search abilities!

Join us on this thrilling journey as we empower your beloved companion to become an expert sniffer dog. Let’s embark on this adventure together, unravelling the mysteries of scent detection and unleashing their full potential!

SCENTWORK

8-Week Sniffer Dog Programme (in-person)

£249
  • 4 x 45 minutes of tailored and practical training, at your home or a location of your choice*
  • Email/WhatsApp support in-between sessions to help you troubleshoot as you go
  • Video review and feedback to speed up your progress
  • Confidence that you are receiving tailored advice from an expert
  • Scentwork kit included
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SCENTWORK

8-Week Sniffer Dog Programme (online)

£199
  • 4 x 45 minutes of tailored and practical training (on Zoom)
  • Email/WhatsApp support in-between sessions to help you troubleshoot as you go
  • Video review and feedback to speed up your progress
  • Confidence that you are receiving tailored advice from an expert
  • Access to the recordings of your online sessions
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SCENTWORK

Have a Go Sniffer

£90
  • 1 hour of tailored and practical training
  • Follow up notes including handouts and videos to support your learning
  • Email/Whatsapp support for 2 weeks to help you troubleshoot as you go
  • Video review and feedback to speed up your progress
  • Confidence that you are receiving tailored advice from an expert
  • Travel time and costs included*
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SCENTWORK

Sniffer Starter

£180
  • 3 x 45 minutes of tailored and practical training
  • Follow up notes including handouts and videos to support your learning
  • Email/WhatsApp support in-between sessions to help you troubleshoot as you go
  • Video review and feedback to speed up your progress
  • Confidence that you are receiving tailored advice from an expert
  • Travel time and costs included*
  • Scentwork kit included
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SCENTWORK

Ultimate Sniffer

£280
  • 5 x 45 minutes training sessions
  • Follow up notes including handouts and videos to support your learning
  • Email/WhatsApp support in-between sessions to help you troubleshoot as you go
  • Video review and feedback to speed up your progress
  • Confidence that you are receiving tailored advice from an expert
  • Travel time and costs included*
  • Scentwork kit included
  • EXTRA: Mock trial, rosette and certificate upon completion
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*Please note that extra mileage fees apply over 10 miles from BS5. The corresponding parking fee will apply if parking charges apply in your area.

What are the benefits of scentwork training?

Mental Stimulation

Scentwork gives your dog a job to do so that they don’t go self-employed.

Physical Workout

Did you know that 10 minutes of sniffing is more tiring than an hour’s run?

Creates Happy Dogs

Scientifically proven, sniffing releases happy endorphins.

Reduces Stress

Mindfulness for dogs! It gives nervous and anxious dogs something positive to focus on.

Are you ready to unlock your dog's full potential?

Don't Just Take My Word For It!

Really fantastic

We just finished a one-on-one scent training course with Giulia which was really fantastic. We have an overly excited pup so wanted to teach him a new skill to burn some excess energy and the scent course with My Kinda Dog was really great for that. Giulia was great, from the get go we found the training to be really enjoyable and easy to follow, with a perfect mix of theory and practical activities. Detailed follow-up notes after each session were provided and ongoing support outside of the sessions was also offered. Our puppy seemed to love the course (and Giulia - who is very calm, friendly and knowledgeable!), and it was really satisfying seeing him develop a new fun and useful sniffing/scent skill in such a short period of time. We would highly recommend Giulia/My Kinda Dog for any area of dog training. :)​

Luke and Huck

Thorougly enjoyed the sessions

I've just completed a 4-lesson beginners' sniffer dog class with Giulia. Both I and my 12-year-old Vizsla thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and "homework" exercises. It's good to do something different with your dog and make them think and try out new things, whatever their age. Giulia was very knowledgeable and good at thinking on her feet to make the activities as fun, positive and productive as possible. I'm going to work on the exercises and then hopefully book some more sessions in the future to build on what we learned in the bronze class.

Natascha and Oscar

Dog sniffing a pipe during scent detection workshop in Bristol
Scentwork training Bristol
Bristol dog searches chairs during scentwork training

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