Scentwork Classes

Join in with your dog’s favourite pastime: SNIFFING! Your dog will learn to find a specific scent, while you learn how to support them in their searches and work as a team. Perfect for dogs of any age, ability or breed, scentwork provides great mental stimulation. It is a great activity for busy dogs always on the go, as well as for more timid dogs who need a boost to their confidence.

The searches are adapted to each dog’s style and ability so you get the best experience possible, enjoy watching your dog succeed with your guidance, and strengthen your bond. We teach dogs an active indication where the dog locates and accesses their find rather than a passive indication where the dog stops, sits and/or stares. The sniffing is the fun part!

Classes are held fortnightly on a Sunday morning 10.00am – 11.30am and cost £20 per session, which is payable in cash on arrival. The classes are run by Ellie from Smart Nose Dog Training. There is no set amount of classes, allowing you to attend as many times as you like.

Bookings for these classes can be made through our usual channels or by emailing


Dog standing on grass with a toy in front of him

So here’s ‘Newton’ Ellie’s Smooth Collie Puppy…

A dog sniffing a pile of wood

turning his nose to scentwork…

A dog indicating a scent

locating the scent…

A puppy sleeping

and… the result!

Class Times & Days

Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds

Monday evenings 5.00pm - 6.30pm - (Beginner / Intermediate)

Monday evenings 6.30pm - 8.00pm - (Beginner / Intermediate)

Tuesday evenings 6.30pm - 8.00pm - (Agility and flyball only, suitable for older dogs)

Wednesday evenings 6.30pm - 8.00pm - (Agility and flyball only, suitable for older dogs)

Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm (Beginner / Intermediate)

Friday mornings 9.30am - 11.00am - (Beginner / Intermediate)

Friday mornings 11.00am - 12.30pm - (Agility and flyball only, suitable for older dogs)

Saturday mornings 9.30am - 11.00am - (Beginner)

Saturday mornings 11.00am - 12.30pm - (Intermediate)

Saturday afternoons 12.45pm - 2.15pm - (Intermediate/Advanced)

Saturday afternoons 2.15pm - 3.45pm - (Beginner)

Saturday afternoons 3.45pm - 5.15pm (Agility and flyball only, suitable for older dogs)

Sunday mornings 10.00am - 11.30am (Scentwork - £20 per session)

Rattlesden, Bury St Edmunds

Saturday mornings 9.00am - 10.30am - (Beginner)

Saturday mornings 10.30am - 12.00pm - (Intermediate/Advanced)

Catley Cross, Halstead

Thursday evenings 6.00pm - 7.30pm - (Beginner / Intermediate)