First, Do No Harm
250-929-1400 | Join Us On Facebook
Image Heading
Scent Detection

Scent Detection is fun for every dog - shy dogs, boisterous dogs and even dogs with physical limitations!

This popular sport, adapted from techniques used to train bomb and drug detection dogs, allows you and your dog to have fun identifying and indicating different scents.

Dogs learn to systematically search boxes and other objects, including vehicles, for hidden scent. The level of difficulty increases each week and it is fascinating to watch  dogs learn to indicate and show they've found scent! 

Your dog will gain confidence, enjoy using its extraordinary scenting abilities and have a fun outlet for all that energy. You will develop a deeper bond as you learn to read your dog's behaviour and work together as a team. 

Scentwork classes run from Level One through to Four, and you can enter trials and earn titles with your dog. We train to SDDA Sporting Dog Detection Association Standards.


1. Parvo/distemper vaccination certificate no older than 3 years, or parvo/distemper titer certificate no older than 1 year.

2. Dog is over 8 weeks old and not reactive to other dogs or people.  


If you're new to Cowichan Canine, please attend an online Orientation session.

Provide us with your dog's vaccination certificate (parvo and distemper), and register for a Scent Detection class that works for you.  Our class schedule can be accessed here

$273.00 for one class a week for 6 weeks 

$358.00 for one class a week for 8 weeks 

$516.00 for two classes per week for 6 weeks 

$680.00 for two classes per week for 8 weeks  

Any questions, please call 250-929-1400 or email [email protected]



What's New?
What Clients Are Saying:

I enjoyed working with Bev and Laurie. The small classes and individual attention really make a big difference. There were a couple of moments in Foundations when you said "Click!" (and I did - yeah me...) at precisely the right moment for me to 'get it'. As a result, we went from Vita pulling like a fiend to polite walking in literally 2 classes. And getting the mechanics of Leave It/Take It down on my part (thank you again), helped me sort that one out in 3 or 4 sessions at home. We have, as you know, moved on to agility; Vita is having fun and is getting more confident and spirited with each class.

Colleen Hawkey

Both Carmella and I had a great time in the Puppy Start Right program and we are amazed every day at how much difference both the program and its philosophy have made for our pup. Thanks again to you and Laurie!!!

Laurel Fossett

See more...

©2023 Cowichan Canine Behaviour & Training Ltd. All rights reserved.
Group Classes, Private or Semi-private in-home training Lessons and confidential
Behaviour Consultations in the Cowichan Valley area, on southern Vancouver Island, servicing Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Cowichan, Cowichan Bay, Crofton, Duncan, Glenora, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, Malahat, Maple Bay, Mill Bay, Saltair, Saltspring Island, Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island and Youbou.
Palm Tree Creative