UKCSD Course

UKCSD SCENT INSTRUCTORS COURSE

Instructor : Dr Robert Hewings

October 5 – October 9, 2020

Ellershouse, Nova Scotia and Surrounding areas

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The UKCSD Scent Instructor course will enhance your dog training experience and instructional knowledge, enabling you to develop your classwork and training skills as a scent-work dog instructor. It will provide opportunity for you to design and develop numerous scent dog training classes, providing hands on practical dog training instruction, coupled with enhanced theoretical knowledge enabling you to include this within your own training establishment. It will also address the creation of the adult and canine learning environment introducing humanistic training theories. It will guide you through a step-by-step procedure in the correct husbandry of your contact scent.This 5 day course is limited to 14 working spot attendees to ensure maximum attention and practical opportunities. There are also limited Auditor spots available for those who want to attend and  learn without their dog. 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 3 weeks prior to the course to discuss target odors for the dogs to be trained on throughout the five 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.

  • This 5 day course is limited to 14 working spot attendees to ensure maximum attention and practical opportunities. 
  • There are also limited Auditor spots available for those who want to attend and  learn without their dog.
  • 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.

Price : $1500.00 plus HST for Working Spot, $1100.00 for an Auditor Spot

About Dr Robert Hewings

Dr Robert Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer. He retired from the Metropolitan Police after 30 years’ exemplary service, twenty-five of which was as a Police Dog Handler, and the final nine years as a full-time trainer with the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has enhanced this experience with a BSc (Canine Training and Behaviour), MA (Professional Practice Police Dog Training) and a Doctorate of Professional Practice (PhD) Canine Scent Detection. Rob has instructed all police canine-search disciplines including explosive search and narcotics, supporting this with practical experience gained in London, UK where he has supported many large events, including the 2012 Olympics, Wimbledon Tennis and protecting the Royal Family.

During his time at the prestigious Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment (2007-2016) Rob headed the training for SWAT dogs, and was active in the instruction and development of all aspects of Police Dog and Handler Training. He played an active role in the instruction and development of the ‘Canine Training Instructor’, authoring two training manuals, and designing coaching programs that have enhanced the effective performance of operational dog handlers.

After his retirement in 2016, Rob took on new challenges to complete his desire to learn, including lecturing at university (BSc Canine Behaviour and Training) where he specialized in ‘Assistance Dog Training’ and practical assistance dog training using scent-work within epilepsy-alert, diabetes-alert and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder alert. Along with writing his recently published book, Rob also attended Bergin University of Canine Studies where he gained a valuable insight into assistance dog training, particularly for PTSD sufferers.

Rob is now head of learning and development with the UK College of Scent Detection and has been invited to share his knowledge world-wide, lecturing in USA, Australia and Europe. He is presently engaged in writing two academic papers for enhancing scent detection and emotional learning in our dogs.

Rob truly understands the importance of a positive training schedule with the dogs he trains and the people he coaches. He wishes to share his love and experience of search training with you and your dog. Witnessing the enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement the dogs get from being engaged in the natural process of ‘nose-work’ has been his guilty pleasure for the last 25 years. Long may this continue!