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The benefits of nose work for your dog and why we use it to build confidence at #CareyTrainsMe.

Updated: Mar 17

Large tan Mastiff nose
Mastiff mix Memphis the dog using her nose for nose work and loving it.

Dogs have an incredibly acute sense of smell compared to humans. The part of a dog's brain responsible for processing olfactory information is up to 40 times larger than the same part in a human brain. This means that dogs have a much greater ability to distinguish and process different scents.

Dogs have around 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, while humans only have around 6 million. This allows dogs to detect scents at much lower concentrations than humans can. They can also distinguish between different scents much more easily. We have many places for dogs to sniff and engage with the environment during their board and train program. We have chickens, goats, extensive gardens, birds, frogs and a diverse environment.

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Dogs can also process scents in a way that humans cannot. They can track scents over long distances and even distinguish between different layers of scents. This allows them to follow a scent trail even if it is several hours old; they can also discriminate what scent is the freshest and what is the oldest.

Dog breeds such as Bloodhounds, Basset hounds, and German Shepherds are specifically bred to have an exceptional sense of smell. These breeds are used in tasks such as search and rescue, tracking, and detecting drugs and other contraband. It's important to note that not all dogs are created equal in terms of their sense of smell; a dog's diet, living environment, and overall health can affect the sharpness of its sense of smell. Training and exposing them to different scents can also help improve their olfactory abilities.

Nose work, also known as scent work, is a fun and engaging activity that can benefit your dog's mental health. Nose work teaches your dog to use its sense of smell to locate specific scents or objects.

Nose work and Scent detection can provide many benefits for your dog, including:

Mental Stimulation: Nose work requires your dog to use its sense of smell, which is a natural and important part of its behaviour.

Confidence Building: Your dog can experience mental stimulation and a sense of accomplishment, thereby increasing their confidence and self-esteem by engaging in nose work.

Physical Exercise: Nose work can also provide physical exercise for your dog. As they use their sense of smell to locate scents, they also get physical exercise through walking, running, and searching.

Bonding: Nose work can also be a great way to bond with your dog. As you work together to teach and encourage them, you will strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

Stress Relief: Nose work can also be a great way to relieve stress for both you and your dog. It allows your dog to focus on the task at hand and can be a great way to relax and unwind after a long day.

Behavioural benefits: Nose work can also help to reduce problem behaviours such as barking, digging, and destructive chewing. As dogs engage their mind in finding a scent, they have less time and energy to engage in problem behaviours.

Suitable for any dog: Nose work is suitable for dogs of all ages, breeds, and skill levels. It's also a great way to provide mental and physical stimulation for dogs with mobility issues or disabilities.

In conclusion, Nose work is a fun and engaging activity that can benefit your dog. From mental stimulation, physical exercise, confidence building, bonding, stress relief to behavioural benefits and, it's suitable for any dog. It's a great way to provide mental and physical stimulation for your dog while strengthening the bond between you and your pet.

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Milo, the 13-year-old young at heart working on finding treats hidden in our barn. One of his favourite games to play. #scent @scentgames #scentdetection #nosework #findit

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