Why Scent Detection?
I've been having a ton of fun participating in this sport with my dogs, and teaching others how to play. I love watching how individual dogs bring their own personalities to the search. So if you think this sounds like something you would be interested in trying with your dog let me know.
Toys, Toys, Toys
If you’ve ever walked in a pet store you’ve probably had that feeling – wow, look at all the great toys! How do I decide? If you have a strong, determined chewer, you’ve probably also sighed knowing you can strike most of the toys off your list if you want one that lasts longer than 5 minutes.
A good choice for playing tug and for teething puppies. Some dogs will toss these around and amuse themselves. My dogs like to sit down and snap all the treads, so I need to supervise and frequently inspect the toy for signs it is too damaged and needs to be replaced.
Available in a variety of styles – squeaky, tennis, chuck it etc. Some dogs LOVE playing ball and will fetch for hours. Others will look at you and wonder why you threw it away if you just want it back after all. One thing to watch out for is that some balls (such as tennis balls) can promote wearing of your dog’s teeth possibly due to the abrasiveness of the cover. I’ve had good luck with the balls made by West Paw, Kong also makes a ball in addition to their signature ice cream scoop shaped toys.
These toys come in a wide variety of shapes and materials. Some dogs will carry them around and treasure them for years, while others won’t rest until the squeaker has squeaked its last squeak. If your dog is likely to attempt to remove the squeaker from the toy, it is best to supervise any play with these toys and be prepared to trade your dog for the toy when it is time to remove the squeaker or replace the toy. There is a company making stuffing free fuzzy squeaky toys, and once my dogs remove the squeakers they will continue to play with these toys as tug objects.