Dogs have a much more sensitive sense of smell than human beings, with the average canine having a sense of smell that is approximately forty times more sensitive than ours. Hunting dogs, such as the Braque Du Bourbonnais, have much more sensitive noses than other dogs as they were specifically developed to track and hunt game birds, as well as a strong urge to find birds. This particular activity is fun and challenging for your dog, and while casual scent work is definitely enough physical and mental exercise, teaching your dog scent work skills can lead to additional opportunities such as search and rescue placements, as well as trials for tracking and sniffer dog competitions.
The Braque Du Bourbonnais is an excellent hunting dog that has been described in French literature since the late 1500s and is known for their keen hunting instincts. Search and rescue dogs help to track lost humans, often in very difficult situations and in many different environments. Both you and your canine companion will require quite a bit of training and certification that will test the determination, physical fitness, and intelligence of both members of the search and rescue team. Preparation and training for this job can take anywhere from six months to two years but can be extremely fulfilling for both you and your hound dog.
The Braque Du Bourbonnais is a naturally tailless pointer who had developed as a hunting and tracking dog in France by the 1800s. When training a pointing dog like the Braque Du Bourbonnais to hunt, there are two essential commands that your dog will absolutely need to know, a recall method, such as here or come, and whoa, the command to hold absolutely still so as not to disturb their quarry. This particular lesson can be started even at a fairly young age and should be clearly understood by your hunting companion before taking them out into the field to work with game birds.
A walk out in nature with your pointer dog should allow the dog to sniff around and explore as much as possible in order to familiarize them with as many new sights, sounds and smells as possible.
The powerful tracking nose of the Braque Du Bourbonnais may be helpful when looking for a geocaching container in which you note your progress.