‘Sense of smell?’ he says. ‘I never gave it a thought. You don’t normally give it a thought. But when I lost it — it was like being struck blind. Life lost a good deal of its savor — one doesn’t realize how much ‘savor’ is smell. You smell people, you smell books, you smell the city, you smell the spring — maybe not consciously, but as a rich unconscious background to everything else. My whole world was suddenly radically poorer … (“The man who mistook his wife for an hat” Oliver Sacks)
Although they share a thousand-year-old coexistence, men and dogs orient their interests in the world in a substantially different way.
We as humans are sight-oriented animals this means that sight is our dominant sense. Dogs are, above all, smelling oriented animal. Sense of smell is the dominant one, followed by hearing and then sight.
This is a self-learn course aimed to cover the main topics related to the dog’s sense of smell.
The first problem that is faced by anyone who decides to train a dog to search for people or detection is the difficulty in defining what they are working on.
In recent years science has focused on many areas that may be useful to those who work with the dog’s nose. Today we have more knowledge about the physiology of smell, scent perception, theory of learning, and how odours behaves.
During the course we will try to combine theoretical knowledge with dog training.
What to expect
Topic 1: scent and scenting dogs
Topic 2: dogs that works with human scent
Topic 3: dogs that works with other smells
Topic 4: A bridge between theory and practice