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Let's Coach Scent Work! A Two-Day Event in Florida with Robert Hewings - UK Scent College

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • 9:00 AM (EDT)
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL


  • This registration enables you to attend the full two day workshop and learn from Rob across the workshop curriculum.
  • This registration enables you to bring your dog and work directly with Rob Hewings



1 of 2 Events at the same location over a four-day period. Ask about a multiple event discount. This event is followed by a 2 Day Walk This Way Instructor Certificate Program hosted by Louise Stapleton-Frappell & Niki Tudge


Introducing Rob Hewings - First Appearance  for PPG in the USA

CEUS: PPAB 12, CCPDT 16.25, IAABC 16.25

Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available

Event places need to be paid for within 48 hours of registration. If no payment is received your place will be made available to another person.

Presented by Rob Hewings  - Author of the recently published ‘Introduction to Canine Scent-Work’ and head of learning and development for the UK College of Scent Detection, Robert Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer and is currently completing his Doctoral program.

Workshop Overview 

The benefits of Scent-Work cannot be ignored. Let's learn to ignite one of the most powerful instinctual and emotional systems within the canine brain!

The natural instincts that empower our dogs to search and investigate their surroundings for food, friends and foe can be used to bring about behaviors that ‘Just feel good!’  Rob will show you how to introduce that wonderful exciting, euphoric anticipation that our dogs feel during search, You will learn how we, as dog trainers, can recreate the thrill of exploration, the pleasure of anticipation and the sheer indulgence within the eagerness of ‘The Find’.

We have all experienced the joy of shopping, looking forward to acquiring new goods, and the simple ‘feel good factor’ that this can bring about. Let's examine the many different ways in which this feeling can benefit our dogs. Let's learn how we can bring this anticipatory feeling into the classroom, training room and even the home. Let's become skilled at incorporating it into behavioral consultations, and into rehabilitation and recuperation exercises, for both dog and owner.

Learning Objectives

Canine scent-work is becoming more and more popular.  We have learnt a great deal about how dogs benefit from this fantastic pastime. The knowledge and ability our best friends demonstrate, can be enhanced by improving our handling skills and understanding ‘The Tacit Dimension’ of Canine Search.

Using some simple acronyms, and understanding the emotional learning canines experience will enable us to trouble-shoot and improve our scent-work classes and problem-solving abilities.

The Two Day Workshop

This two day seminar will follow a journey from conditioning scent-identification through to understanding the tacit knowledge of search.  We will examine how we can problem solve and progress our training, incorporating scent-work within other aspects of dog training.


  • Engender emotional learning within our dogs using scent-work
  • Gain valuable training knowledge from simple coaching ‘aides-mémoires’ that will enhance your scent classes
  • Benefit from coaching techniques that will improve your students' desire to learn
  • Build an enthusiasm in your dog that can be transferred into the behavioral problem solving environment
  • Transform valuable tacit knowledge within the scent-work environment, building your own foundations for successful searching
  • Develop ‘Coppinger’s predatory motor pattern’ to complete and fulfill your dogs’ natural desires
  • Understand canine training concepts that will help develop your training plans
  • Incorporate both Classical and Operant conditioning into commencing search
  • Gain an insight into incorporating imaginative scent-work training into your classes. After-all, ‘Why should law enforcement have all the fun!’
  • Understand and use a simple coaching methodology, developing your classes and search-work for the future.

Your Workshop Instructor - Robert Hewings BSc MA

Author of the recently published ‘Introduction to Canine Scent-Work’ and head of learning and development for the UK College of Scent Detection, 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!!

Workshop Location

This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. 

9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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