Dogs tend to have a much more refined sense of smell than humans with around a hundred million olfactory receptors in their noses to our six million or so. This more defined sense of smell is even more impressive in dogs that were developed for their tracking abilities, such as the Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen. Training your dog how to discriminate between scents or to follow a specific scent will not only help provide your dog with mental stimulation and an appropriate way to expend their energy, it can also provide your dog with the skills needed to be employable as a search and rescue dog or as a hunting companion.
Introduced in the 1970s in California, Flyball is a fast-paced dog sport in which teams of four dogs compete by racing relay-style down a flyball track punctuated by four hurdles to a flyball box which, when activated, releases a tennis ball for the dog to return to the beginning of the track. A powerful and athletic dog like the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen makes an excellent addition to a flyball team as they were developed to be fast enough to follow rabbits over rocks and brambles and branches, but have short legs. With the height of the hurdles being based on the dog with the shortest legs on the team, this can be quite an advantage.