Dogs & scent work

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Dogs have 220 million olfactory receptors compared with 5 million for humans.  Scent work can be fun for pets & their owners.  Jim Helems, the owner of  Jim Helems’ Dog Pals gave us some tips.

Tips to teach your dog to find items
  1. One good way is to hide items around the house, like tier food bowl
  2. Start by making it easy
  3. Only use one command, like “find it” or “Search”
  4. As the dog gets better, make the searches harder
  5. A good is is to start with an easy search, then a harder search and end with an easy search
  6. In scent work the dog does all the work, with humans helping just a little
  7. Once your dog knows how to search “using our human rules” move on to the scent you want to teach
What can you teach your dog to search for?
  1. Oils like Birch
  2. Cannabis
  3. Corpses
  4. Bomb making material
  5. Lost people

 

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