UPCOMING EVENTS - Free to Attend

2023 Scent Detection: October 21-22, 2023 Entries sold out
Ridge Meadows, 24314 Meadow Drive NW, Calgary, AB

2024 Scent Detection: January 20-21, 2024 Entries opening late December
Okotoks, AB

Barn Hunt

What is Barn Hunt?
The Barn Hunt Association describes Barn Hunt as a dog sport which is based on the traditional role of terriers in the ridding of vermin such as rats and mice. It consists of a dog using its nose to find, usually within stacks of hay, a safely-caged rat. It's a fun and family-friendly sport and is both a great way for breeders to test the working traits in their dogs but also for any owner to try out new things with their pet dog.
Barn Hunt is gaining popularity quickly! Check out the The Barn Hunt Association Club List to find clubs offering Barn Hunt training in your area.

Scent Detection

This is a sport where a scent is hidden out of sight, where the dog must go to find it and then also communicate to the handler that it has been found. Dogs naturally love using their nose, and scent detection sports and games are excellent mental and physical stimulation for working breeds such as the Am Staff. There are other competitive nosework sports such as tracking (usually over long distances the finding of people, articles such as in search and rescue, etc.) and Earthdog tests.
Canadian Kennel Club Scent Detection Events

Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers

SDDA (Sporting Detection Dogs Association)'s website is a wealth of information, where you can find how to start in competitive nosework with your dog or attend club events!