Dogs have a much more refined sense of smell than humans do as their noses are, on average, around forty times more sensitive than ours are. Scenthounds, like the Drever, were developed with an even greater sense of smell than average in order to enable them to track and find prey for their human partner. While the Drever may be slower than many other hounds, they are powerful and determined trackers. Teaching your dog scent work caters to their natural instincts, provides them with exercise that is good for both their mind and body and can also improve their performance as a hunting dog or as a search and rescue dog.
Drever breed dogs are known to be independent and self-sufficient in comparison to many other breeds, but in some cases, this independence can morph into stubbornness, and you may end up with a difficult dog on your hands. Enrolling your dog in an obedience or another type of training class frequently helps to prevent stubbornness from taking hold and taking a group class will help to effectively socialize your dog, ensuring that your dog’s generally friendly nature towards other dogs remains intact. While classes will have to be paid for, they are highly worth the money, time and effort put into them!
Drever dogs may not appear to be heroes in the making at first glance, but their superior sense of smell and their extreme determination make them excellent candidates for this type of work. With their small stature and natural talent of locating things that dwell in forests, they may be particularly well-suited to cadaver searches, tracking, and wilderness searches. Well-socialized Drevers tend to be friendly with people and canines alike making them suitable for urban searches as well as searches that involve finding lost pets rather than people. This activity requires a great deal of interaction between the dog and the handler and often leads to the strengthening of the bonds between the two.