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Tackling a training or behaviour issue can feel like climbing a mountain. Myself and the Scentventure Guides are here to make it as smooth as possible. Breaking a challenge down into smaller components, stopping off along the way for a picnic or to set up camp, makes the tasks more manageable. 

Scentventure is a complete lifestyle approach to training, behaviour and living with dogs.

There are four Compass Points in Scentventure. Think of them as the essentials to help dogs stay fit, happy and healthy. Every walk, every activity we do with our dogs should contain at least one compass point. By incorporating the compass points into our walks and activities on a daily basis, we can be sure that we’re meeting our dogs’ needs. The result is happier, healthier, calmer dogs.

#1 Scent

Sniffing, searching, scenting and finding is naturally highly rewarding for dogs. Nervous dogs increase in confidence, and anxious or overly excited dogs become calm and focused. Dogs who are normally highly distracted by the environment learn to search with no loss of focus on the task in hand.

#2 Environment

Obstacles in your home, garden or walks are repurposed for adventure. Work on balance, coordination, strength and endurance. The result is physical fitness and wellbeing, calm confidence and a feeling of safety. 

#3 Exploration

Dogs are naturally curious. Humans tend to dislike this curiosity and train our dogs to be more passive. Providing new smells, new sounds, new tastes, new textures and new environments for your dog to explore taps into their natural doggy instincts and makes them calmer and happier. 

#4 Partnership

Spending time together and working as a team builds trust, confidence, love and creates a feeling of safety, which are essential to strengthening the bond you have with your dog. This improved relationship creates a dog that’s more focused on you and ignores the many distractions out there.