Could your pet become a sniffer dog?

Classes are being launched to teach dogs to become scenting experts.
Classes are being launched to teach dogs to become scenting experts.

A north Northumberland dog-training centre is giving pet owners the opportunity to teach their own pooches to become scent-detection experts.

Northumberland Canine Centre, at West Moor, Felton, is joining forces with Scentwork UK, a national organisation which runs competitions for pet dogs to prove themselves as scent-detection dogs.

The competitions include the detection of a specific scent (cloves, gun oil among others) in indoor settings as well as outdoors and require the dog to search areas and give a passive indication when they discover the scent.

Initially, searches will be among tables and chairs, luggage and cardboard boxes, but progressing to larger outdoor areas and eventually vehicle searches.

Unlike many dog activities, scentwork classes are open to any age of dog (and handler) and even elderly dogs or those with physical disabilities can participate easily.

An introductory session is being held on Saturday, July 23, from 10am to 1pm, which will lead to ongoing courses.

Northumberland Canine Centre runs a full range of courses for dogs of all ages from puppy classes to top-level agility. Problem dogs are always welcome. Contact Jacquie Hall on 07813 912889 or visit www.caninecentre.co.uk