Interfering with dog's scenting ability? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
 10Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
Crowned Member
 
Thecowboysgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,924
Interfering with dog's scenting ability?

My one dog tracks regularly. I just bought some wondercide to try. It smells pretty strong.

Suddenly I wondered, if I spray this stuff all over him would that not potentially interfere with him tracking?
Thecowboysgirl is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 08:24 AM
Moderator
 
Slamdunc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1,630
What is wondercide?

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance”. George Bernard Shaw

Jim
Slamdunc is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 08:30 AM
Crowned Member
 
Momto2GSDs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 4,562
Insect repellent containing Essential Oils.

Example of ingredients for one of their products:

Ingredients
Cedar Oil
Lemongrass Oil
Rosemary Oil
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate


Moms
Momto2GSDs is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
Crowned Member
 
Thecowboysgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,924
I got the lemongrass scent one. I have not tried it on either dog yet.
Thecowboysgirl is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 10:09 AM
Knighted Member
 
GypsyGhost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 2,589
I have not noticed a difference in how my dogs track or do nose work while using Wondercide. However, I do not spray them directly before we do the activity. For tracking, I spray them the night before, and then once the tracks are done. For nosework classes, I spray in the morning, and then before we go to bed after class. When I am just practicing at home, I make no changes in when or how often I use Wondercide. For trials, I do not apply anything to them with scent for 48 hours beforehand, and then I just spray them down once the trial is over.
lhczth, dogbyte and ausdland like this.

Train the dog in front of you.
GypsyGhost is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 10:34 AM
Crowned Member
 
Magwart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 5,431
Not sure about the Wondercide, but if you feed coconut oil, that has been shown to have a negative impact on scenting ability:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12893164
dogbyte likes this.
Magwart is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 11:48 AM
Elite Member
 
Hineni7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: NE WA (state)
Posts: 1,839
I've used essential oils for years on my SAR dogs and never noticed a drop in their abilities. And the rose germanium is STRONG smelling. A couple of sneezes from my boy (happens anytime something is sprayed and he is nearby) and all is good.
car2ner likes this.
Hineni7 is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 11:55 AM
Elite Member
 
ausdland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: SF Bay
Posts: 1,249
Quote:
Originally Posted by Magwart View Post
Not sure about the Wondercide, but if you feed coconut oil, that has been shown to have a negative impact on scenting ability:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12893164
Hmm, I may reconsider feeding coconut oil.

I spray 'Tickhex' on my dog as a tick repellent but never before tracking/trailing.
ausdland is online now  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 12:08 PM
Crowned Member
 
Magwart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 5,431
Quote:
Originally Posted by ausdland View Post
Hmm, I may reconsider feeding coconut oil.
That article caused me to do a double-take too. One of the coconut oil-fed groups of dogs lost nearly all scenting ability at the 12-week mark -- ALL! That's astounding.

My dogs don't do scent work, but my blind one sees the world through his nose. It's literally his key to navigating his environment. He totally depends on it. I never, ever would want to want to impair that in him.
Magwart is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 12:12 PM
Elite Member
 
GandalfTheShepherd's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 1,424
I don't think it would interfere too much, as long as you keep it away from the face. It's strong smelling stuff but I think once they're outside too the smell disapates quite a bit. I'm sure too they learn to ignore it and focus on the smells they are tracking. I haven't tried any formal tracking with wondercide on but on hikes my boy tracks deer and animals just fine. On a side note we discovered that wondercide works here to repel the deer ticks but not the dog ticks, and revolution only repels dog ticks... so in combination they work well. I'm curious if it's been working for your area?

SQUIRREL!
GandalfTheShepherd is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in













Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome