Scentwork Trials are based on detection-style nose work practiced daily by dogs working in the areas of customs and excise, explosive detection, search and rescue, police work and medical detection.
Scentwork is a natural behaviour for a dog, so as a training activity it is fun and very rewarding. It will improve the relationship between handler and dog and is a great confidence builder especially for the shy dog. Typical scentwork involves searching in different indoor and outdoor situations, with awards at several levels to be gained. Typical search situations are: ‘Container’, ‘Tables & chairs’, 'Exterior’ and ‘Vehicle’. The dog has to learn to search thoroughly for the scent and give a strong indication once found. The handler has to learn how to 'read' the dog to determine whether it has found the scent correctly.

Some of the many of the organisations offering training and testing are: Talkingdogs Scentwork, Scentwork Wales (see facebook) and Scentwork UK

Several of our members are now involved in scentwork. If you have news of your successes with your Rough or Smooth Collie do send it for the news list below.

2019 Scentwork News

Debbie and Sundae got ScentworkUK Level 1 in February with a 'clean sweep' and 4th place - well done both.

2018 Scentwork News

Tina Abbott and Cliffie got Scentwork Wales Level 2 in Feb. They had to search 15 mixed containers- the scent was hidden inside a Filofax.
They gained Scentwork Wales Level 3 in April and improved this by achieving Bronze Level 3 in June- well done.

Well done to Tracey Prall and Trev, who passed their level 1 scentwork with Scentwork Wales