We use scentwork to change the behaviour of dogs with issues like reactivity.

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Dog Behaviour

Pawsitive Dog Behaviour focuses on behaviour modification to help dogs with behaviour problems make better behaviour choices. Find out more here.

About Natalie

I started my journey with rescue dogs in 2006 at Nottingham Trent University, where I did two degrees with canine-specific modules focused on behaviour…


Dogs communicate and learn about the world through scent. Smelling is the sense that dogs rely on far more than seeing and hearing. To put it into perspective, a dogs sense of smell is approximately 100,000 times stronger than humans. Yet, scentwork remains massively underutilised as a powerful tool to change behaviour in the training industry. That is not the case at Pawsitive Dog Behaviour (PDB). Natalie has been using scentwork to help reactive dogs since 2007 and not only recognises scentwork as a fantastic sport to build teamwork between dogs and owners but also to create a physiological change in dogs with behaviour issues.

Changing the way dogs feel about reactivity triggers is at the core of what we do, making the world a better place for reactive dogs and their owners, one dog at a time. Owning a reactive dog can be very isolating and detrimental to the health of the dog. That’s why Natalie is creating a community of reactive dogs and owners working together to develop World Scent Dog Association (WSDA) skills while helping their dogs overcome reactivity. PDB is proud to be the first to offer official WSDA competitions and workshops exclusively for reactive dogs.

Facebook Group

Pawsitive Scentwork Solutions: Helping barking, lead pulling, reactive dogs

If your dog barks, pulls on the lead, reacts badly in some situations when on a lead, this is a community group working together through similar issues with their dogs, under the guidance of Dog Behaviourist and Trainer, Natalie, The founder of Pawsitive Dog Behaviour.

Scentwork for

Reactive Dogs

Dogs collect different smells from the environment, scent information travels from the Olfactory bulb to the limbic system, which manages emotions, memory and behaviour. Therefore we can use scentwork to build our dogs’ confidence and replace lead pulling, barking, lunging, growling and generally reacting badly to situations when on a lead, with a dog that actively chooses scentwork instead.

Scentwork promotes:

  • Calmness
  • Focus
  • Resilience to scary things
  • Better behaviour choices

Scentwork is great

for all Dogs!

Online Courses

Pawsitive Start

An amazing way to kick start your basic training skills before jumping onto one of our hugely popular scentwork workshops, a certain level of basic training means you will get the most out of everything available to you here. 


In Person Courses

A Pawsitive Start to Scentwork

Reactive Dog Workshop: 1

This is the first instalment of an exciting series of World Scent Dog Association workshops specifically designed for reactive dogs, with a maximum of two dogs per class with an Accredited Dog Behaviourist and Scent Work Instructor specialising in scentwork helping severe reactivity cases. 

This workshop is suitable for dogs that would not normally be able to attend group classes.

Workshops are held at Pawsitive Dog Behaviour in Cotgrave on the edge of the village. 

Limited availability, waiting list available. 


Nottingham, NG12 3HY, United Kingdom