Early Scent Introduction
Neonatal puppies, from 3 to 16 days of age, are ready and able to smell their world. We take advantage of this to improve their adult scenting ability by doing Early Scent Introduction with our litters. ESI has contributed to successes in hunt tests and field trials, tracking and nose work, search and rescue work, obedience and more.
Every day a novel scent item is placed before the puppy's nose. We watch and take notes on the interaction with the scent - positive, negative, or neutral. Some of the scents we use: tennis ball, leather, cat fur, game bird wing, birch/anise/clove oil (these are used in nose work competitions), grass w/ soil attached, pinecone, banana, moss, etc.
Read more about ESI here.