Introduction to Scent Work -Leverett

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Dakin Humane Society

163 Montague Road

Leverett, MA 01054

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Five weekly sessions starting on January 12th, ending February 9th.

Have you wondered if your dog would like a playful version of what Search and Rescue dogs do for real? Wondered just what it’s all about? Dogs are aware of a world beyond our sensesa world they can smell. Think of airport sniffer dogs, search and rescue dogs, hunting dogs—we couldn’t do what they do because we don’t have the scent receptors they have!

Utilizing the dog’s strongest sense, their sense of smell, owners learn to read the subtleties of their dog’s body language communication while exploring the world of scent as their dog lives it. Dogs tend to adore this sport and it’s a great way to positively engage and also tire them (especially helpful during inclement weather)! Check out this video from The Bark magazine:


Even in this course, as we progress, there may be times when YOU don’t know where the scent is and you’ll HAVE to trust your dog and read their body language to know.

Your dog is the scent expert and it’s a joy to see dog/handler relationships grow and expand through this work.

As with all Dakin classes, we will use positive approaches to achieve your goals.

This workshop is open to dogs of all ages who have some basic training skills and who are dog and human friendly.

Proof of rabies vaccination is required to register.

*For registration questions, please email kbegnoche@dakinhumane.org

Discount Codes: If any of these discounts apply, enter them under "Enter Promotional Code" during registration.

ADPT-Dog -10% discount is offered to dogs adopted from Dakin, TJO Shelter, or any other adoption agency. Proof of adoption required at first class.

Seniors -10% discount is offered to humans age 65 and up and/or dogs age 8 or up.

USMilitary -10% discount is offered to US Military (Active, Reserve, or retired)

*One discount code per ticket.

Dog Training Program Policies


All dogs must be current on rabies and other vaccinations prior to the starting their first class. Puppies are only required to have their first series of vaccines. You will need to show proof of vaccination at your first class.

Class Cancellations

If the minimum enrollment for a class is not met 2 days before the class, the class may be cancelled. We will contact enrolled participants 2 days before the first session to notify of the cancellation. Paid participants will have the option of enrolling in an alternative class, receiving credit toward a future class, or receiving a full refund.

Refund Policy

We will refund your class fee if you cancel in writing 3 days before the class starts. Enrollments within 3 days of the class are not eligible for refunds for any reason.

A dog that is overly reactive or unruly during class may be asked to leave class, at the trainer’s discretion. Dogs actively in heat may also be asked to leave class. If either of these scenarios were to occur you may have the option to attend a private session, enroll in a later class, or receive a partial refund.

All refund requests must be made in writing & emailed to our office at kbegnoche@dakinhumane.org or by calling us at (413) 781-4000 x 117.

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