Introduction to scentwork classes

Big dogs nose


Scentwork for our pet dogs is about teaching them to sniff out a particular scent. Scents like clove, birch, anise or gun oil are generally used. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt and find things. Our scentwork sessions are designed to develop our dogs natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of food and toys. Your dog will have great fun, build cofidence and focus and burn physical and mental energy. It will also help you and your dog bond and work as a team. Our scentwork sessions are open to any type of dog and of any age. No previous experience is necessary.


You can also work towards taking your Scentwork UK level 1 test.

Dog searching boxes
Dexter searching table and chairs
Frank searching a car

Some of the things we will cover

  • Introducing your dog to a specific scent
  • Luggage searches
  • Exterior car searches
  • Exterior items searches
  • Interior searches

Equipment you will need

  • Flat collar or harness
  • Long lead or line
  • High value treats and toys


The next Scentwork courses will start in October. Level one classes are 9:45-11:15 and Level 2/3 are 11:15-12:15. The class dates are:

  • October 15th, 22th
  • November 5th, 26th
  • December 3rd, 10th

Classes will be on Sundays and start at 9:45 and finish at 11:15. The price for the course is £90.

The Guide and Scout Centre
Coates Lane
High Wycombe
HP13 5UX

Contact Lisa at for a booking form and payment information.

One to one sessions can be arranged at times to suit you. These are also suitable for reactive dogs that cannot work in a group.

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