I heard so many people talk about how the sport of scent detection is good for nervous dogs that I decided to give it a try. It can feel a bit awkward handling the scents — making sure nothing gets “contaminated” — but Lyra enjoys it. Our first task was to teach Lyra the value of staying at “source” (the scent, in this case wintergreen). Today, I tested to make sure she hadn’t simply learnt to stay with a tin; that it was the scent she wanted. I set down two identical tins — one empty, one with the scent — and held a closed fistful of cheese. She soon found the scented tin and stayed with it, even after I swapped them around! For some reason, this amazes me.