6 Day Accredited Scent Instructor Course
Venue: Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Lutterworth, Leics, LE17 5QS
5th to 10th Feb 2019
2nd to 7th July 2019
Who is it for:
Dog Instructors that teach in a pet dog environment including, classes, specialist workshops, one to one training and behavioural modification programmes.
Entry level required:
Attendees should have knowledge of operant and classical conditioning.
Attendees bring a dog to all 6 days of the course.
(Experience level of dog is not important)
Rob Hewings BSc, MA. PGDip
- 25 years Metropolitan Police Dog Section (1991-2016)
- 9 years Instructor Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment(2007-2016)
- Operational General Purpose Dog Handler
- Part of the elite Firearms Support Dog Unit
- Canine Public Order Officer
- Action Dog of the year (UK Canine Bravery award) winner
- Manager & Coach Metropolitan Police National Trials Team
- Specialist Search Dog Instructor
- Explosive Search Dog Instructor
- Victim Remains Recovery Introduction Course
- Diabetic Alert Dog Programme Louisiana USA
- Board Member ‘Southern Diabetic Retrievers’ Louisiana USA
- Evidence and legislation instructor
- Understanding and Implementing Olfaction References
- Double Blind Discrimination
- Target Odour Selection and Handling
- Training Aids
- Breakdown for Fluent training Programmes
- Trouble Shooting
- Scentwork for Rehabilitation
- Scent Detection for Assistance Dogs
- Tacit Behaviours Within Detection
- Daily Practical Exercises
- Systematic Search Techniques
- ‘Operational’ Deployment Search Methods
- Detection Within the Evidence Chain
- Scent Discrimination and Contamination
This 6 day course is limited to 10 attendees only to ensure maximum attention and practical opportunities
Each day is split 50/50 theory/practical and is presented at a high level for dog training Instructors.
Once booked, attendees will be contacted 2 weeks prior to the course to discuss target odours for the dogs to be trained on throughout the six days.
The final day of the course includes prep and assessment to confirm knowledge gained and practical handling skills are of a standard to receive accreditation.
Successful attendees will receive certification signed off by The UK College Of Scent Dogs entitles ‘UKCSD Scent Instructor’
Certificates accredited by The UKCSD Ltd
10am to 4pm each day
The UKCSD will provide:
The UK College of Scent Dogs will provide an open and honest learning opportunity, providing you (or your organisation) with,
- Information about arrangements before commencement of the course
- Any distance learning materials that may require study, in good time prior to your course.
- A clear statement of the aims and objectives of your course.
- Appropriate assistance to help you achieve these aims and objectives.
- Where relevant, assessment of your work which is fair and objective
- Constructive feedback on your development throughout the course.
- Instructors who are regularly assessed and developed,
- Regular course evaluation.
Rob is unflappable, experienced, knowledgeable, articulate, funny and thought provoking. A brilliant teacher. His long, high ranking and specialised military and police service background is relevant for a couple of reasons. Firstly you know he is totally credible and able - there's not much Rob hasn't done in serious high level Detection work - but his greater credibility and relevance derive from the fact that, despite coming from an environment easily associated with aversive dog training practice, his training methods and practice are grounded, without exception, in a force free ethos. He is clear about that up front and it was woven through his teaching over the week. Training with your dog must be respectful and democratic. This was and continues to be a brilliant learning experience for Watson and I. It enhanced an already solid, collaborative and fun relationship and supported my tireless curiosity over how we and our dogs learn and why we and our dogs behave as we do. There's a lot to absorb and practice over the week but Rob's experience in managing multiple learners and his ability to individuate the skill of each dog and handler so that challenges are appropriate, is probably second to none. Rob also provides advice on how to structure training and then how to teach others. Helen Hutchenson