The Mountain Humane animal shelter will host an introduction to the world of “scent work” today, April 18, from at 5:30-7 p.m. in Penny’s Barn at Mountain Humane, 101 Croy Creek Road west of Hailey.

     Scent work is part of an emerging competitive sport in which dog handlers train their pets to search out scented items.

     The cost for the workshop presentation is $15. Scholarships are available. Participants should not bring their pets to the initial presentation.

     Hallie McMullen, a detection dog handler, trainer and scent work judge, will introduce the different types of scent detection searches and demonstrate how to achieve scent detection goals by showing examples of trial scenarios. 

     “She will also explain the process and rules to get started in this sport, which can be competitive or just for fun, to increase communication between you and your dog,” a press release states.

     McMullen began training drug- and explosive-detection dogs for law enforcement in 1996, and became involved in the competitive sport of scent detection in 2015 through the National Association of Canine Scent Work.

      Hailey resident Carol Brown, a Mountain Humane volunteer, said scent work was a “positive experience” for her and her dog.

      “For my energetic border collie, I saw her learn focus and gain a calm work ethic. The benefits of it are numerous,” Brown said.

       For more information or to sign up for the presentation, visit mountainhumane.org/event/scentwork/.              

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