Sherwood Barks Dog Training, Doggy Day Care & Agility
Sherwood Park, Edmonton & Area

 

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                                                   Over 12 years of Service to the Dog Community of Edmonton, Sherwood Park & Area.

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Get Your Puppy Off to a Head Start !!!!!   The Earlier Puppy begins Puppy Training Classes ...............the Better!!n                                                  

                    Doggy Day Care (Therapeutic environment)                         Socialization  Classes                    Dog Agility Group Classes                                                                                      

Dog Tracking Classes, Agility Classes, Puppy Obedience Classes & Doggy Day Care. 

 
 

  **   New   Begining Aug 5th, 2016                 Dog Tracking & Trailing Class


 

Tracking, trailing and other forms of scent work are activities that bring you to the very essence of what a dog is. Scent work is a partnership in which you are asking the dog to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. It is at once humbling and enlightening.

When you work with a dog in scent work you quickly learn that the dog knows a different world. While we are used to the idea of one scent "covering up" another that rarely applies to dogs. To us scent is something like having blurred vision. If you were to look at this text with a magnifying glass smeared with oil the text would blur. The text would be just as sharp and individual but you would not be able to perceive it. Instead the individual elements would overlap. That is how we experience scent. The dog picks out and distinguishes scent with a clarity we can't match.

For the most part sport scent work is limited to tracking or trailing, although obedience some other activities may include scent discrimination. Just about any dog can learn to track. The teaching of tracking is itself very instructive. At the novice levels the dog is started at the beginning of the track, and the dog is encouraged to sniff around to identify the scent to be followed. Because the direction is established the dog should be able to (with training) pick out the correct trail to follow. Some other interesting things I learned included scent drift. Depending upon the style being taught the dog might not actually follow the "footsteps" of the person. Instead the dog may follow the scent trail which may drift away from the actual track. My dog Oso typically tracked about six feet from the actual footsteps. At first I thought this was a bad thing, but my instructor explained what he was doing. If he had been preparing for a different style he might have been required to ignore the scent trail and focus only on the footsteps of the track layer.

For better information please explore the links. They should provide a good explanation of the activity. You might be interested in "Sniffer Dog," a little bit of a different take on the scent games.

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2MqZpB-I1if9bY-qFOx5eg/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=1&view_as=subscriber

Fun Nose Work
http://www.funnosework.com/
Fun Nose Work teaches allows your dog to use and develop its natural abilities and instincts in challenging and exciting scent games. This activity is great mental exercise  for Dog & Handler. 

Erica Cheung

Guest Instructor @ Sherwood Barks. 

Erica has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta specialized in comparative psychology, animal behaviour and welfare.

Erica combines her education with her extensive experience in rehabilitation of rescue dogs and utilization of positive training methods to improve human-dog communication and relationship. 

Erica  has substantial experience working with a variety of dog breeds but her passion is in the sport of Schutzhund.  She is actively training her own German Shepherd in tracking, obedience, and protection and teaching her client's dogs.

Erica keeps up-to-date by regularly attends dog training seminars and takes classes with her own dogs to continue improving her teaching skills and methods. 

Ercia is up-to-date on the latest animal behaviour science research and her training strategies emphasize strengthening the human-animal bond through engagement, humane training techniques and having fun!