What is Scentwork?
Scentwork is when a dog uses its sense of smell to identify and locate a scent which it has been trained to detect.
Mika started learning to scent in February 2016 on the Scentwork UK course and has been trained to find the scent of gun oil! After completing Level 1, Mika competed in her first (Level 1) trial on 7th May 2016.
The test consisted of 4 exercises: table & chairs, exterior items, a car search and boxes & luggage and 3 of these must be passed in order to pass the level. A time limit of 5 minutes per search to find 1 scented article (a small square of fabric)was given.
Mika had a fantastic day and completed all searches successfully:
Table & Chairs - full marks for dog and handler (25) in a time of 5 seconds
Exterior - full marks for dog and handler (25) in a time of 38 seconds
Vehicle - full marks for dog and handler (25) in a time of 4 seconds
Boxes & Luggage - full marks for dog and handler (25) in a time of 29 seconds
Overall marks were 100/100 and all searches were completed in a time of 76 seconds which made Mika the first Ridgeback in Scotland to gain her Level 1 Scentwork UK title and overall winner of the trial from 6 other dogs.
Helen Jones of Tynewater Dog Training was our judge for the day and an extract from the Report states " Avril and Mika were in a well deserved first place with two very fast searches. I’m sure Mika scents right from the cone!" (the cone is the starting marker which is usually 6 or so feet away from the search).
On 22nd October, Mika competed in her Level 2 trial. Sadly, one of the boys decided to have a piddle on the exterior items which put her off, and she was then not so keen to do the vehicle search. However, in typical Mika style, she still found the articles (just not in a very fast time) and went on to nail the table and chairs/perimeter search and the boxes and luggage, Finding the required number of articles in the time allowed seen Mika pass her Level 2 Scentwork UK title.
We started Level 3 in January 2017 and after entering 3 trials where Mika was 3rd, 1st and 3rd respectively - she won her Excellent title:
Mika then ompeted in Level 4 where although not in the top 4, she qualified enabling her to move on to Level 5 in January 2019.