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Scent Detection Classes in Bristol

Dog attending scentwork class in Bristol

Did you know that a dog can detect the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water? That’s two Olympic-sized pools!

My next set of scent detection classes for beginners starts on Monday 8th January at 7pm in Henfield, Coalpit Heath, Bristol.

Dogs will be worked one at a time, and they need to be able to rest comfortably in the car before and after their turn. You will be able to park in the parking space right in front of the entrance to the hall.

What are the benefits of scent 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?

Beagle searching at UK Sniffer Dogs workshop in Bristol

The classes will take place on:

  • Monday 8th January, from 7 to 8.30pm
  • Monday 15th January, from 7 to 8.30pm
  • Monday 22nd January, from 7 to 8.30pm
  • Monday 29th January, from 7 to 8.30pm

Please note that dogs will be worked individually and must be comfortable waiting in the car before and after their turn. There is a parking space right in front of the entrance of the hall.

You will be able to observe the other dogs working and learn from others too.

Beagle searching at UK Sniffer Dogs workshop in Bristol

During this 6-week course, we will teach your dogs to identify a specific odour, locate it, and then communicate their find with you.

Scent detection has multiple benefits for dogs, making it an excellent activity for dogs of all ages

Not only it gives them a job to do, using a lot of brainpower and giving them the mental stimulation they need, but it’s also a good physical workout as it encourages dogs to move with awareness.

Scentwork helps dogs be calmer, happier, and more relaxed.

In our scentwork classes we will cover everything you need to know to transform your dog into a sniffer dog!

  • Motivation. What does your dog really love? We will investigate your dog’s favourite reinforcers and use them to motivate them to engage in the training.
  • Indication. Indication training is all about teaching your dog to communicate they found the targeted odour with us humans! Have you seen police dogs freezing on the spot when they found what they were looking for? We will be working on the same thing, only without any illegal substances, obviously!
  • Search. We will teach your dog to search an area to locate the source of the odour, starting with the things they love the most (food and toys). In order to be a great sniffer dog, a dog needs to be motivated to search and be able to find things they care about to start with.
  • Scent pairing. This is about teaching your dog that a specific odour has relevance. I recommend starting with red Kong, as its rubber is safe and easy to clean.

These beginner scentwork classes take place at Henfield Hall, BS36 2UF – this is an indoor venue with access to an outdoor area and parking space.

I only take four or five dogs in a class to ensure all dogs feel happy and comfortable and have their own area to work in.

I am a UK Sniffer Dogs qualified Scent Detection Instructor at GOLD level – the first in the Bristol area!

This means I have been assessed at high standards and that I have both the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to teach scent detection to pet dogs and their families. 

I also undergo a lot of CPD courses, and I have been learning from some of the best operational scent detection handlers in the UK and beyond.

Are you ready to learn the magic of scentwork and transform your dog into a scent detective?

Don't Just Take My Word For It!

Absolutely wonderful training experience

Giulia is a fantastic trainer who is so patient and really does get the best out of your dog, despite how different they all are. Everything that Giulia does is in the dogs' best interest and she puts them first (which is what I especially liked). We can’t wait to join the next class - thank you! 

Amy and Mitsy

Attentive, patient and lovely

Giulia is one of the most attentive, patient and lovely trainers I have worked with. We have a very boisterous 8 month old Toller who loved the classes each week (as did I!) and My Kinda Dog's approach to scentwork training was open, positive and most of all fun. Would recommend to anyone looking to bond with your pup whilst they learn a new skill!

Jess and Billy

Very professional and friendly dog focussed training classes

We did scent work which was very accessible for any pet dog, with Giulia making adjustments so everyone was successful and had lots of fun. Highly recommend for any dog training. Thanks

Michelle and Anja

Had the best day

We completed a scent work workshop with Giulia and had the best day. Her instructions were clear, the feedback she gave us really helped and most of all she was super patient with us! Can't wait to do more.

Rachel and Riley


Really well structured, well taught with good explanations backed up in written form by email. A thoroughly enjoyable and well run class, Giulia is absolutely brilliant at what she does.

Laura and Murphy

Fantastic course

This was a fantastic course. We learned so much over the 6 weeks. Initially I thought our dog was never going to get the skills but Giulia was really patient and motivating.

Megan and Zuko

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