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Scentventure is giving the families of reactive and easily distracted dogs the freedom and confidence to enjoy stress free walks, without squandering a fortune on behaviourists.

Are stress free dog walks something that only other people have the luxury of enjoying?

Too many dog owners put up with their dog straining on the lead, lunging, manic barking, infuriating recall, and resign themselves to a lifetime of stress, frustration and embarrassment.

And it’s easy to see why…

 You might be one of the thousands of people whose life with their dog isn’t working out quite like they expected. The long, relaxing off-lead walks with friends you imagined are a distant dream. Instead your dog is pulling on the lead, barking and lunging at other dogs, people traffic, or they have no recall. Your dreams shift from exciting adventures together to not even caring if your dog has friends… you just want to be able to go for a walk without them kicking off. Walks are stressful, humiliating and really, truthfully, if you’re honest with yourself…

is it ever going to get any better?

You’re worried...

You’re worried you look like a bad dog owner, scared your dog will hurt someone and dreading the moment they show you up again.

Getting through the walk without bumping into anyone is the best you can aim for right now, and closing the door when you get home is a relief… until you have to do it all over again.

You feel trapped...

Your dog puts serious limitations on your life, your family’s lives.

And you just think, is this my life now? Will I always feel trapped and miserable for the next what… 5, 10, 15 years? Your dog’s walks get shorter, less exciting, they’re bored, unfulfilled… so you’re constantly riddled with guilt.

The problem is that you have all the information at your fingertips:

  • You have a recall problem so you Google recall tutorials
  • Your dog pulls on the lead so you hire a trainer to work on loose lead walking
  • Your dog is aggressive to other dogs so you search YouTube for ‘socialisation’ tips

…but you still haven’t solved the problem.

Bad news...

  • Recall training alone won’t fix your recall problem.
  • Drilling those loose lead walking exercises won’t keep your shoulders in their sockets.
  • Socialising your dog with more dogs, more people, won’t stop them reacting long-term.

I tried all that. It didn’t work.

Hi, I’m Katie…

I help the families of reactive and easily distracted dogs LOVE walking their dogs again.

My own reactive rescue dog Lao used to pull, bark, bite and lunge! Not only did I dread taking him for a walk because it was so stressful and I was at the mercy of other people’s judgement. But I constantly felt guilty. It was so sad that he had to miss out on all the fun, adventure and freedom that I saw other people enjoying with their dogs.

I was envious. He deserved that too. It was like I was letting him down, failing him. Failing myself.

One day, before work, I went to the farmers’ fields and unclipped his lead. He got the scent of something and ran away. I eventually found him by a fence between the farmers’ fields and a dog rehoming centre. The rehoming centre was Dog Trust Darlington…where I worked. My mind raced with everything that could have gone wrong.


He could have attacked a dog, bitten on of my colleagues, I’d lose my job, he could have wandered further out onto the road and got knocked over.  And I just thought, ‘Maybe I should just take him in there and he can find  a better owner that me because I was clearly failing him.’ I listened to the dogs in their kennels howling and crying…

…It felt like rock bottom.

I discovered a way to help Lao feel so relaxed on walks that he calmed down, listened to me and we could walk past other dogs calmly on the beach, at the park, in cafes, pubs and on holidays.

It gave me back my freedom.

It was only when I understood how to keep Lao calm and fulfilled I started looking forward to the next walk again.

Living with the frustration and embarrassment of caring for a reactive dog and feeling that I had failed Lao was excruciating at the time.

But I’m so glad it happened.

If it didn’t, I wouldn’t have met an international community of incredible dog guardians who I’m obsessed with helping.

It’s my 14 years of learning and experimentation to see what works (and what doesn’t) that I share.

In my career Dogs Trust I travelled across London and the North of England providing training, behaviour, enrichment, health and legal advice to hundreds of dog owners every week an developed new campaigns for responsible dog ownership, including the successful campaign to parliament for compulsory microchipping.

Now I’m fortunate enough to serve an international community of hundreds of people enjoying fun, freedom and adventure all over the world, and thousands more who visit my dog adventure playgrounds, and thousand more that visit the playgrounds I’ve helped set up via my consultancy service.

“She’s started a goddamn movement!”

Dominic Hodgson, Pet Business Inner Circle

Winner of the

Most Innovative Pet Business 2022

Because I’ve lived it, I know what it’s like to feel desperate, having tried everything else. I know what it’s like to almost give up hope.

But because I broke through it, I know what you and your dog need to break through too:

  • Recall training alone won’t fix your recall problem.
  • Drilling those loose lead walking exercises won’t keep your shoulders in their sockets.
  • Socialising your dog with more dogs, more people, won’t stop them reacting long-term.

Above all else you need a compass. A compass has all directions covered.

It guides you to your destination.

I know you feel like you’ve tried everything, and spent hundreds if not thousands on solutions that didn’t work.

This might be because you were told to do it back to front. Don’t worry, it happens a lot.

The back-to-front approach has you working on isolated problems, such as:

Recall

Loose lead
walking

Reactivity

And because each of these can get some results, but never what you expected, you might think…I’ve tried training, but it doesn’t work for me and my dog.

The problem is that the back-to-front approach addresses one problem only so no wonder it’s rarely effective in the long term – it’s like sticking a plaster on an open wound; it patches up a problem in the short term but there are likely to be extra unidentified layers that are the real cause of your dog’s behaviour.

The thing that’s missing, stopping dog owners and their dogs from enjoying relaxing walks is that they’re not told how it all fits together. They don’t have a Canine Compass.

A compass connects everything together:

Not just the training methods that address the problem, but a calm dog who listens to you in every situation

Not just the techniques and strategy to give you a clear path, but the support network to keep you on track

Not just fixing the problem, but making others less likely to arise

The moment we establish connections between the compass points, everything starts falling into place.

The real breakthrough with Lao happened not with recall training (though we definitely had that) or in the loose lead walking practice (had that too) or even in the counter conditioning sessions.

Momentum was made when I adopted the compass approach and we started on the right path. After all, you don’t jump onto a mountain halfway up, And you don’t start your journey to stress free walks with training techniques alone.

The good news is… it’s so easy to get started.

Take my client Terri…

Try as she might… and she’d tried a lot… she couldn’t get a handle on Bella’s reactivity. Bella is very strong. She’d pulled Terri’s mum Judy over onto the floor lunging at another dog. Terri tried everything.

We implemented the canine compass approach and within 2 months, Bella was ignoring other dogs on walks.

Huge progress from Bella today. I am absolutely over the moon so wanted to share. I don’t think we’ve ever had a walk with so much exploration and calmness before!!

Today she took me on the grass and was sniffing around – she didn’t even notice the 3 different dogs walk down the path!! We then proceeded on our walk passing several more dogs (closer than is usually comfortable) and all we got was a pause as she looked, and then back on with exploring her surroundings! She’s been with me for almost 2.5 years and I’ve seen more progress in her behaviour/reactivity in the past 2 months than I have ever before so thank you Katie for everything you have don’t to make this happen and for helping to make our walks so enjoyable. We cannot wait for next month’s activities!

A lot more progress has been made since Terri shared that news. Now, Bella is ignoring off-lead dogs at the beach!

It’s not just Terri who noticed the results quickly. Not even two days into working with us, Dawn reported that Rosie was chilling on the sofa rather than leaping all over people at the front door. Rosie’s calm confidence on walks began soaring too. Three days in, Dawn said,

I don’t know what is happening but I’m loving it!

The canine compass is empowering an international community of dog owners to enjoy relaxing stress free walks and more fun, freedom and adventure.

Terri, Dawn, Jenny, Julie, Emma Lindley, Beka and hundreds of others like them have a compass.

I discovered a way to use the canine compass that made Lao feel so relaxed that he calmed down, listened to me and could walk past other dogs calmly on the beach, at the park, pubs and on holidays.

It’s called Scentventure.

And it gave me back my freedom.

Scentventure is a simple strategy for taking control of your dog’s behaviour so you can regain your confidence and enjoy relaxing, stress free walks that you actually look forward to.

And it doesn’t involve hiring expensive behaviourists, drilling boring repetitive exercises or spending your precious evenings on lengthy training sessions.

In fact it clears away the overwhelm and keeps you motivated with the perfect blend of step-by-step lessons and REAL dog trainers giving you PERSONALISED advice about YOUR dog.

Scentventure is a brand new way to walk your dog! It blends training and behaviour modification techniques with scentwork and adventure –

So you can enjoy relaxing, fulfilling walks with your best friend.

And now you can do this anywhere in the world, inside Club Dogwood – the online home of Scentventure!

This is how we do it

1. Clarity Calling

You’ll be invited to book a one-to-one private Strategy Call where we’ll go deep into your goals and what you’re struggling with so you leave with a simple, actionable plan to start transforming your dog’s behaviour. Dare to dream and start looking forward to fun, freedom and adventure. Designed to get you moving FAST! Ask us anything.

2. Competency

Access perfectly structured video lessons with step-by-step guides so you can easily follow along at home and out on your everyday walks.

Choose from shorter, laser-focused trainings to quickly use on your own dog that give you quick wins (things that will make your life easier right now) and big-picture gameplans that systematically build long lasting results so you know exactly where you’re going at all times.

We know that reactivity and distraction issues are rarely limited to walks. We address ‘the whole dog’, because a dog who is calm, happy and relaxed in the house, at the vets, groomers and in the car is calmer on walks.

That’s why as well as the obvious gameplans for everything from reactivity to recall, focus to loose lead walking, you’ll also have solutions for separation anxiety, happy vet visits, car travel and more.

‘’The vast library of courses give you so many techniques to deal with whatever life throws at you, and I can rest easy knowing that they are firmly rooted in latest research, as they quote results from up-to-date studies.’’

-Emma & Harry

3. Coaching

It’s easily-accessible online, but this is not one of those virtual courses where you’re left to get on with it on your own and your motivation slips away faster than a Spaniel on a rabbit scent. You’ll have REAL dog trainers giving you PERSONALISED advice about YOUR dog. It’s the next level of support rarely seen online.

‘’Access to Scentventure Guides every day of the week means any questions or concerns can be answered very quickly and plans put in place to reach your goals.’’

Danielle & Tillie

4. Confidence

Knowledge is power and power is confidence. Twice per month we meet online and hang out with each other face-to-face to dive deeper into a training or behaviour topic unique to reactive or easily distracted dogs. We’ve carefully assembled a cast of expert pros who share how they achieve success in their specialism. Bring all your questions for us to answer live.

‘’The live Zooms with experts help you understand the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’, and also bring different perspectives to the Club.’’

Emma & Buster

5. Compass

The dog, the whole dog and everything about the dog. Training will only get you so far, it’s the things you do off the clock that counts. The Canine Compass is for navigating every area of life with your dog. There are plans for scentwork, adventure, and connection-boosting fun and games. When you have a connected relationship with your dog, training becomes easier and anything is possible.

‘’It’s not just dog training, although the resources and advice for that are amazing. It’s a framework for your life with your dog, an approach that helps dogs and humans to live happily together and it has enriched my life as well as Bo’s.’’

-Lucy & Bo

6. Community

The most crucial factor in your success will be the people you share it with. You will be part of THE most fun, friendly and supportive family you could wish to find! Scentventurers hang out in the community sharing tips, getting feedback, asking questions and geeking out about the kind of things only dog lovers would understand. The trainers share everything we do with our own dogs in behind the scenes detail so you get to see the whole picture. You’re not doing this on your own any more! Say hello to your new support network.

‘’I used to feel very isolated and on my own with the issues with my dogs. But now I really feel part of something. It’s a nice feeling to speak to people who are passionate about their dogs as you are but wanting to work to make their relationship and lives better for them and their dogs.’’

-Anna & the gang

Club Dogwood or Face to Face Training?

If you’d like to try something besides Club Dogwood, here are a couple of the common alternatives…

Hire an in-personal behaviourist. The average price for a consultation comes to roughly £250.

Hire a trainer to take your dog off your hands and do it for you.

These services range from £450 for 2 weeks’ residential training to £3500+ for 1 month.

Continue to hire less expensive trainers and hope they’ll be the unicorn that solves it for you.

Get this wrong, however, and you’ll end up throwing good money after bad.

Club Dogwood has the same features you’d expect from face to face training.

-We diagnose the real problem (because it’s often not what you think)

-Give you a training plan to follow and work with you to help you achieve it

-Feedback on your progression and tweak the plan if necessary

There’s just one thing though… people think Club Dogwood is actually BETTER than face-to-face training in many ways.

(I know! I can’t believe I said that either because I am a face-to-face trainer!)

These members prefer the real life environment, stress free approach, convenience, flexibility and motivation they get in Club Dogwood…

Everyday we do a bit of Scentventure out on our everyday walks…

And my dog Fifi LOVES it.

More than that, it keeps her calm, happy and stimulated, and has allowed her to grow old gracefully.

At 15 years young, Fifi enjoys life to the MAX thanks to Scentventure.

I use Scentventure with Fifi AND with my clients 7 days a week. We don’t even think about it anymore, it’s just part of the fabric of our new and improved walks.

Now that Lao is no longer with us, I thank him every time Fifi and I are out enjoying walks, or when members share their Scentventure success stories.

THAT’S the power of Scentventure.

The longer you leave it the worse your dog’s behaviour is likely to get, and the more time-consuming and costly it will be to fix. And in this crazy new world of energy bills and inflation, can you really afford to leave it any longer

“You are all amazing! I’ve been meaning to say that the price you charge versus the content and on tap advice is ridiculous when you compare it to the cost of a 1-2-1 session!”

-Sarah &  Willow

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You’ll have instant access to the full course library and community so you can get settled in and make yourself at home before your 1-1 Strategy Call.

My Free Gift to you

Scentventure Scheduler

With a simple 3-step process, the Scentventure Scheduler helps you get rid of the overwhelm and focus fast.

Say goodbye to the thought of long, tedious training sessions after work and hello to bite-sized morsels that fit into your busy day.

With extra tips for problem-identification (because we often find that people self-diagnose the problem but when we unpack it, there are extra layers that are the real cause of your dog’s behaviour) and goal-setting (because so often we see the wrong goals being set).

When I first applied this process, I cleared 4 hours of time from my monthly/daily/weekly schedule and stopped feeling overwhelmed.

Warning!

Using Scentventure may change your life completely.

In 1 week you’ll have...

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So that’s what you’ll be able to do, but what’s it actually like to be in Club Dogwood?

It’s probably better if our members tell you…

It's urgent.

Every time your dog pulls, barks, lunges or ignores your recall cue, the harder it will be to change.

We all know the saying practice makes perfect – we say it to encourage new skills and hobbies. In a nutshell, we get better at things when we repeat them.

Learning is memory and memories are synapses. If we continue sending electricity down the same pathways (by repeating an action over and over again), the pathways are strengthened so the action gets easier to perform each time.

This is good news and bad news.

Just as the more we practice skills, actions and behaviours that we LIKE and want MORE of, such as our dog passing another dog calmly, unfortunately the more your dog practices pulling on the lead or lunging and barking at other dogs, people, traffic, whatever it is, the more ingrained that behaviour becomes.

It’s only going to get worse and more time consuming and costly to fix. And in this crazy new world of energy bills and inflation, can you really afford to leave it any longer?

Money isn’t everything of course. There are more important things at stake.

Your dog’s behaviour can drive a wedge between you and your loved ones.

Things continue to get more tense at home. Nobody gets it. And they don’t want to come on walks with you and ‘the dog’ anymore, and if they do, you’re not in-the-moment with them because every last bit of your mental and physical energy goes into preventing your dog’s meltdowns… you’re sending a clear message of how much more important ‘the dog’ is than they are.

The spectre of rehoming looms and the guilt terrifies and paralyses you. The last thing you want is for your dog to be one of the 130,000 to enter a rehoming centre this year, just another statistic. You blame yourself and you worry about your dog constantly. You love your dog but it’s so hard!

You need hope. You know that of course it will take time to retrain your dog, and you made a commitment to them that you wouldn’t give up. But there’s no light at the end of the tunnel — no tunnel at all in fact. You feel lost, scared and stuck.

Stress, overwhelm, worry. The cost to your mental health is the ultimate price you pay.

Your health, your peace of mind, your family… they need you to make a decision NOW.

 

7 Day No Reason Money-Back Guarantee

We are building the world’s most incredible community of dog owners, dog trainers and dog behaviourists, and we only want people with us who love it.

That’s why there’s no minimum membership period. Stay for as long as you like – cancel any time, no hard feelings.

”Club Dogwood is absolutely worth the monthly investment! Not only do I have access to the expertise and support of Katie and the Scentventure Guides, which is invaluable in and of itself, but I also have access to a group of people who absolutely understand the challenges Jax and I face and celebrate the wins with us!”

Christie & Jax

There’s nothing to lose (except maybe your stressful walks) and EVERYTHING to gain!

For the small monthly investment of £39, you’ll have the strategy to enjoy stress free walks.

Frequently Asked Questions

With inflation and prices rising, there’s no better time to secure this low price. The longer you leave it the worse your dog’s behavior is likely to get, and the more time-consuming and costly it will be to fix. Join now and your monthly investment will never increase. And if you don’t love it, just cancel. Any time.

Noooooo! People from all over the world are members of Club Dogwood. We’re an international community of Scentventure superstars applying the training at home and out on our local everyday walks. The beauty of the Club is that it’s not limited to location. 

People of all different skill and experience levels are enjoying results right now. It’s working for complete beginners or those who have been training a while. We’ll diagnose the problem and give you a clear plan that breaks everything down so you can easily follow along at home and out on your everyday walks – even if you’re brand new to dog training.

With face-to-face training you meet at a specific time in a specific place – and sod’s law means your dog is as good as gold when the trainer is there. Or they very quickly learn what to do when the trainer is there but when you try it ‘out in the wild’ it’s like they’ve forgotten their name. Real life problems happen in real life environments at any time of the day, rarely in class at 6pm every tuesday. In club dogwood you work on your dog’s true behaviour. In many ways it’s more real life than face to face training.

Consistency beats lengthy training sessions and research suggests that training 3 times per week is as effective as training every day. We account for that in our methodology. We teach long-term calm, focused behaviour that is foolproof; meaning it becomes automatic, second nature – so you don’t have to think about it constantly. It just becomes second nature.

You’re not. There’s no minimum term so you can cancel any time, no hard feelings. Our community is like a family, so it only makes sense for people to stay who love Scentventure as much as we do. There’s literally nothing to lose.

Club Dogwood is so much more than an online course (though there are plenty of those inside). It’s a fully interactive dog training experience with expert trainers and behaviourists to guide you every step of the way. It’s fun, it’s friendship, it’s community, it’s belonging. You’re not doing this on your own anymore.

Our four-pawed members include chihuahuas and bulldogs, spaniels and mastiffs, cockapoos, labradoodles and crossbreeds, and everyone in between. Puppies get off to the best start in life, adult dogs thrive and elderly dogs grow old gracefully. Reactive dogs, anxious dogs, overexcitable dogs, lockdown dogs, rescue dogs – Scentventure is totally inclusive.

Regular check-ins and new themes each month keep things fresh and interesting, plus the accountability you need to stay on track. Members say Club Dogwood is so addictive that they want to check in regularly.

‘’It’s really inexpensive, I love that I don’t have to buy the newest fanciest items, it’s all so practical and can be done anywhere.’’

Ronja & the Tzus

“Joining Club Dogwood should be a requirement of dog ownership… and I’m only half joking!”

Emma & Harry

‘I can’t believe how much we get for the cost.’

-Alison & Jo