Scent Work

Dog Scent Work is run under Central Search Dogs (Wellington) guidelines.

Training and support are available to anyone wanting to learn how to teach their dog to locate and indicate on a specific scent. These are non-narcotic - Typically Clove oil, Anise oil and Tea Tree oil are used. Dogs are taught to indicate when traces of these scents are detected.

This is a new dog sport that’s gaining momentum. It’s great for any dog and handler, its just you and your dog working together to find the scent that has been hidden in an undisclosed location.

To do Scentwork, a reasonable level of focus and obedience is required. Training is held via Central Search Dogs at varying locations on the first Sunday of the month, with practice days at our club grounds on the third Sunday of each month.

For more information about Central Search Dogs; please refer to their Facebook page

Talk to instructor Dawn if you are interested in trying Scent Work.

When - The THIRD Sunday of each month 9.30am - to approx 10.30am.

Pre-requisites: Grade 1 pass

Cost: $5.00 cash

To attend this class, dogs must be fully vaccinated and the handler of the dog must be at least 16 years of age

What to bring.

  • Your dog must have a properly fitted flat collar; approved types are; buckle up or Martingale style collar fitting snug enough to prevent it from slipping back over your dog’s head. Ideally two fingers can be inserted between the collar and the dog’s neck. If you prefer, a well-fitted traditional style harness or Halti can be added as well as an appropriate collar. Slip chain or choke collars are not permitted.
  •  A 1.2-metre (minimum) light weight leather or nylon / polyester leash is recommended. No chain or retractable leashes are allowed.
  •  Ensure you always have at least two dog poop bags
  •  A bum bag / pet training bag or a suitable pocket to allow easy instant access to food treats during training. 
  • HIGH VALUE training treats.  You will need plenty of them so bring more than you think you will need. “Wet” SOFT cubed treats are best for training rewards, use sausage, saveloy, dog roll (e.g. Possyum or Superior Chunky), raw mince, low fat cheese, or cooked chicken.  Its best to avoid dry crumbly / crunchy cookie-type treats. We recommend you do not give your puppy any food before they come as the best time to train your dog is before meal times. Hunger aids concentration.
  • For dogs who are not food orientated, find a tug toy they get excited about and keep it specifically for training only, and not general play. No squeaky toys please as these distracts other dogs.
  • In winter months bring an old bath mat for your dog to sit on.

What to wear.

For comfort and safety, we recommend closed toe shoes. No jandals, sandals, backless shoes, high heels etc. We train all year-round, warm wet weather gear is needed on winter nights. Feel free to put a dog coat on your dog if you wish, remember that they feel the cold too. Come to class comfortably dressed. Pants are more suitable than skirts.

Registration and vaccination.

Your dog must be currently registered with your local council and microchipped. 

Dogs are vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus. They can also be vaccinated against Kennel Cough and Leptospirosis at your request. Consult your veterinarian re best Vaccination Programme for your dog. Typically your dog would have had two vaccinations before attending. Our grounds are not sterile so it is important that your dog has been vaccinated before attending.