Follow Your Nose - The Fun of Scent Detection with Special Guest Barbara Rogina

Does your dog love to sniff? Take advantage of the natural instinct your dog has to follow their nose to have some fun and great bonding time too!

In this Episode of the Muttz with Mannerz™ Canine Academy Podcast, host Corey McCusker is joined by Muttz with Mannerz™ trainer, Barbara Rogina to discuss Scent Detection – what it is and why it is so much fun!

  • In this episode, Corey and Barbara cover:
  • Who Barbara is and the classes she teaches at Muttz with Mannerz™
  • What scent detection is and how it became a sport.
  • Why Barbara first got interested in scent detection and how her dog, Hunter encouraged her to keep going.
  • Corey’s experience with scent detection, as her agility dog, Cleo began to age.
  • What type of dog and what the recommended age is to get started in scent detection.
  • The many benefits of involving your dog in scent detection.
  • The certifications that are available and what’s involved if you did want to get a certification.
  • What the risks of getting involved in scent detection are and some recommendations if you have a reactive dog.


To get started in a Fun with Scenting or other training classes offered by Muttz with Mannerz visit

Sporting Detection Dogs Association (SDDA):

Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers:

Special Guest
Barbara Rogina, Canine Coach

Barbara brings another dynamic to our team as she is a teacher and trainer of both humans and canines. Barbara has been teaching dog obedience classes for the past 10 years with Muttz with Mannerz™ with a focus on puppy manners, fun with scenting and fun with agility. She is also a yoga instructor qualified to teach various types of yoga. Barbara has expanded her knowledge of pet care in her role as a part-time receptionist at the Stouffville Vet Clinic.

Barbara, like so many of the Muttz with Mannerz team, believes in giving back and is a member of the St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy program where she dedicates many hours visiting hospitals, retirement homes and high schools with Hunter, her four-legged son. Hunter’s calm, kind, enthusiastic personality bring joy to all he meets. Barbara has just adopted another boy from Speaking of Dogs Rescue, Baxter an adorable miniature poodle with a feisty personality who we know will be a future star team on our team.

Barbara continues educating herself by taking courses and training in the pet care. She has taken “Introduction to Acupressure for small animals”. She is currently enrolled in a “Dog massage” course to expand her knowledge on what she delivers. We are excited that she offers new programs such as DOGA; bring your dogs to yoga, and Scenting courses.

Your Host:

Corey McCusker, Canine Coach
Corey’s passion for helping humans and dogs excel led her to take a leap of faith after 22 years working in the Financial Industry to leave her corporate job in 2006 and start two companies. Corey is a Coach at heart and works with business leaders and high-performance teams, but her true passion has always been canines. She now has created a career that supports both.

Corey founded Muttz with Mannerz in 2006. Her foundation of knowledge which includes being a Senior Manager, Dog Trainer, Vet Assistant, World Tour Lead, and Mental Performance Coach helped her to launch the Canine Academy. The purpose of the academy is to assist pet parents build the foundation for their pups to be with them for life.

Corey believes in giving back to the community. Over many years she has volunteered at the Toronto Humane Society and the OSPCA and is also proud to be an evaluator for St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. She held the position of Director of Communications on the board for the Canadian Association for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives from 2017-2019. She has been active with Markham Fair and been a Team Captain and on the Executive for Stouffville Ladies Floor Hockey League for over 15 years.

Corey has made Stouffville her home for the last 18 years and shares it with Mike, her partner, two stepdaughters, Karla and Alison, and their two energetic kittens, Dino and Demi. Over the years Corey has been fortunate to be blessed to share her life with 6 wonderful canines, Tilley ( Miniature Dachshund), Tiny, Kira (Great Danes), Fred(Maltese), Charlie(Morkie), and Cleo(Miniature Poodle). Corey and Mike welcomed their new puppy, Skye, a rescue Muttz from Manitoba reserves into their home in June. 2021. They have big hopes for her and look forward to Skye filling their lives with joy and being an active member of Team Muttz.


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