1-1 Training

Dogwood Scentventure

Why should dogs who need space miss out on all the fun?

If you avoid other dogs on walks because your dog is reactive, nervous or gets too easily distracted by other dogs, you’re in good company.

If you’ve ever wanted to try a fun activity with your dog but can’t join group classes or if you just want exclusive time with a trainer without the distractions of other students then Scentventure 1-1 is for you!

Before Lao came to us he lived in a hunting kennels in Italy. His natural desire to chase prey was therefore very strong and I was struggling to find a safe outlet for his predatory instincts. The only scentwork training I could find was group classes and I didn’t think Lao would cope. I felt sorry for Lao that he had to miss out and resentful that other dogs and their owners were having fun that we would never experience.

It was my friend David Davies who introduced me to nosework. He invited us for a 1-1 tracking session and taught me the skills I needed to provide a safe context to fulfil Lao’s drive.

Being able to train on a 1-1 basis was essential. If an environment is stressful, i.e. if a dog is worried by other dogs present, learning will not be efficient. 1-1 training allows 100% focus on the needs of that individual dog and their owner, developing teamwork and confidence.

Katie Lao Dogwood

Scentventure allows dogs like Lao to enjoy the same benefits of fun activities such as scentwork, parkour and hoopers as other dogs. I designed Scentventure to make these activities accessible to everyone.

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What is Scentventure 1-1?

Combining elements of scentwork, adventure, conditioning, parkour and hoopers, Scentventure is a new and exciting activity for dogs of any age or breed.

The ideal activity for dogs who are:

*Reactive

*Anxious

*High-energy

*Puppies or elderly

I will design a unique course based on the individual needs of you and your dog. The emphasis is on fun, enrichment and real-life problem solving.

 
I designed Scentventure because dogs that need space often lead more restricted lives than their I-love-everything-and-everyone canine counterparts.

I wanted to create an activity that gives owners a variety of tools in their kit to help enrich the lives of their high-energy, anxious or reactive dogs, which can result in calmer behaviour and happier dogs – whilst having lots of fun together!

I’ll give you the skills you need to continue your practice at home or to progress further with me. I’m really looking forward to sharing this new activity with you!
— Katie
 
 
Scentwork energises the dog and is essential to health and wellbeing. Dogs use their noses as part of their natural predatory cycle and so providing opportunity to practice this in the modern world they live in is very fulfilling and rewarding.  Physically and mentally engaging, scentwork releases dopamine, the happy hormone! A great way to burn off energy and reduce behavioural issues.

Scentwork energises the dog and is essential to health and wellbeing. Dogs use their noses as part of their natural predatory cycle and so providing opportunity to practice this in the modern world they live in is very fulfilling and rewarding.

Physically and mentally engaging, scentwork releases dopamine, the happy hormone! A great way to burn off energy and reduce behavioural issues.

Parkour, or ‘urban agility’, uses obstacles in the environment to introduce dogs to the world of climbing, balancing, crawling and going over, under and around. It can help with confidence and overcoming fears.  It is a low-impact but challenging activity and can be varied according to age and fitness levels. Once you learn the basics of parkour it can be practiced just about anywhere.

Parkour, or ‘urban agility’, uses obstacles in the environment to introduce dogs to the world of climbing, balancing, crawling and going over, under and around. It can help with confidence and overcoming fears.

It is a low-impact but challenging activity and can be varied according to age and fitness levels. Once you learn the basics of parkour it can be practiced just about anywhere.

Using a blend of different textures, scents and tastes helps to engage the sensory part of the nervous system. Freework can help to improve posture and release tension in the neck, back and hindquarters.  As the first Freework practitioner in County Durham and Teesside, Katie learned Freework techniques from Animal Centred Education specialists Sarah Fisher and Rach Birt.

Using a blend of different textures, scents and tastes helps to engage the sensory part of the nervous system. Freework can help to improve posture and release tension in the neck, back and hindquarters.

As the first Freework practitioner in County Durham and Teesside, Katie learned Freework techniques from Animal Centred Education specialists Sarah Fisher and Rach Birt.

Unlike agility, Hoopers has no jumps. Instead, dogs navigate a ground-level course of hoops, barrels and tunnels. It has the same pace and excitement as agility, but the courses are flowing and don’t involve the tight turns of agility, making it fun for dogs and people of all ages and abilities.  Hoopers is focused on the ability of the handler and the dog to work together as a smooth flowing team so it’s a great activity for bonding.

Unlike agility, Hoopers has no jumps. Instead, dogs navigate a ground-level course of hoops, barrels and tunnels. It has the same pace and excitement as agility, but the courses are flowing and don’t involve the tight turns of agility, making it fun for dogs and people of all ages and abilities.

Hoopers is focused on the ability of the handler and the dog to work together as a smooth flowing team so it’s a great activity for bonding.

 

Course dates

Sessions last 45 minutes. Please contact us for available times.

Autumn Saturdays

Week 1 - 19.10, week 2 - 09.11, week 3 - 16.11, week 4 - 30.11

Autumn Wednesdays

Block A: week 1 - 16.10, week 2 - 23.10, week 3 - 30.10, week 4 - 06.11

Block B: week 1 - 13.11, week 2 - 20.11, week 3 - 27.11, week 4 - 04.12

course fees

£160 including weekly course guide and you can send me videos throughout the duration of the course for feedback.

 
I’m taking on only FIVE 1-1 clients per block so that I can provide you with an exclusive and personalised training service!
— Katie
 
 

Where next?

Once you have completed a Scentventure 1-1 course if your dog is ready you will be invited to join Scentventure Socialisation. Here we will work on helping your dog become more comfortable in the presence of other dogs.

Scentventure Socialisation is just for graduates of my 1-1 courses to work on slow and steady distance work and socialisation. This course is bookable by invite-only if I believe your dog would benefit from working around other dogs at a distance and is comfortable doing so. The reason for this is that we will already have tried and tested the sorts of activities that make your dog feel most comfortable and familiar.

We will use Freework and different stations to help dogs feel at ease in their environment and desensitise them to the presence of other dogs.

This course will also provide opportunity to understand more about your dog’s body language and how they communicate with you as well as with other dogs.

Wednesday & Saturday afternoons, Dogwood East.