Welcome to UK College of Scent Dogs.

The United Kingdom College of Scent Dogs (UKCSD) canine training institution is committed to the successful instruction and accreditation of dogs and handlers in many aspects of canine scent detection. 

No matter your field, we have the experience and knowledge to take your training to an exciting new level. The combination of, over one-hundred years of proven operational police dog search experience, and the highest academic qualifications, make the UKCSD a totally unique scent detection dog training establishment.

We are the only scent detection dog training establishment that offer City and Guilds approved credentials, giving you the confidence that your scent detection training is of the highest quality. We are proud to have been assessed and supported by the most well recognised, and respected, learning and skills providers in the UK.

With evidence-based techniques and methods directly informed by the science of canine behaviour, underpinned by the highest academic qualifications the UKCSD will support you along your scent-detection training journey.

We combine our academic expertise and operational experience to focus on methods that really work. Eliminating those that are out dated and based on nothing more than tradition, we focus on techniques that have actual basis in scientific theory and have been tried, tested and found to be effective. 

As signatory members of the UK Canine Training and Behaviour Charter we ensure that, all dogs and ‘their humans’ trained by the UKCSD will be treated humanely and respectfully, as in accordance with our strict ethical code.

Here at the UKCSD, we believe our services are an investment that will pay for itself over time. By introducing new exciting training methods and techniques, we will empower the student to create and deliver the highest quality scent detection training to their classes and students.

Together, we can ignite your dogs ‘seeking system’, giving them the cognitive enhancement and emotional well-being, they so rightly deserve.

Do we know scent training?...  Well, we wrote the book, Scent Training for Every Dog, written by our head of school, Dr Rob Hewings...(take a look in our shop)




What our clients say

" Had an amazing 6 days at the instructor course. Searching the airplanes was such a cool experience!! But the structure of the course was superb and we gained lots of knowledge and skills. Rob and Karen were very open minded about breeds and their skills and allowed me to take part with my Chihuahua! "
Hetty Hays-van Hessel
Posted: 2020/02/10

" Rob and Karen are a fantastic team sharing knowledge they have gained from a lifetime of operational experience! I loved the tracking course I loved the scent instructor course, and more importantly so did my dog I cannot wait to do more. "
Heulwen jenkins
Posted: 2020/02/10

" I learned more in 6 days from Rob and Karen than I have in my 20+ years as an operational dog handler. Their wealth of knowledge both theory and practical is incredible. Great learning environment, very relaxed, fun and encouraging all students to participate and impart their own experiences and knowledge. I had a tired, contented dog at the end of each day. Searching venue was AM-A-ZING!!!! Will be booking my next course today "
Posted: 2020/02/10

"Had an amazing 6 day course. Cannot recommend this course enough. The whole experience was mind blowing. Rob has a wealth of knowledge in the subject and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to learn from him. Everyone on the course was fantastic and the environment was very welcoming. If you want to learn from the best then get booked onto one of the courses, you will not find better."
Becky Mitchell
Posted: 2019/09/12

" It’s hard to come back down to earth after such an amazing, fabulous, unforgettable (I could go on!) 6 days on the UK College of Scent Dogs Instructors Course.It was wonderful to make new friends, four legged and two, and I feel so fortunate to have been surrounded by so much knowledge, experience and above all, support. What a team!A huge thank you to Rob. I doubt there is anyone in the industry more qualified to teach this subject. I can’t wait to book his other courses. "
Posted: 2019/09/12

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1. City and Guilds Scent Detection 'Handler Course'

£785.00 Shop Now

2. City and Guilds Canine Detection Assessments

£785.00 Shop Now

3. City and Guilds Scent Dog Instructor Course

£895.00 Shop Now