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5-Day Accredited Scent Instructor Program presented by Dr. Robert Hewings

  • Saturday, November 09, 2019
  • 9:00 AM (EST)
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • 4:30 PM (EST)
  • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL


  • This registration enables you to attend the full five-day workshop. You may also receive your certification with the submission of skill videos post the workshop. See event description for more information


The UK College of Scent Dogs

Become an Accredited Scent Instructor

presented by Dr. Robert Hewings


Who is this program for?

Dog Instructors that teach in a pet dog environment including, classes, specialist workshops, one to one training and Behavioral modification programs.

  • This 5 day course is limited to 14 working spot attendees only to ensure maximum attention and practical opportunities. 
  • Auditor spots available too for those who wish to attend and learn without their dog. Auditors do have a path to accreditation - see below
  • 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.
  • Successful attendees, those with dogs, will receive certification signed off by The UK College Of Scent Dogs entitles ‘UKCSD Scent Instructor’

Working Spots - Your Accreditation Process

For those of you attending a workshop with your dog in a “Working” spot, then one month prior to the event we will forward you the certification criteria you will need to meet to become an Accredited Instructor. This information will help you prepare for your program.

Auditors - Become Accredited Too!

If you want to become certified then the post workshop process will require that you:

  •  Within 6-months of attending the workshop submit several videos to Dr. Robert Hewings of the required skill components for the instructor accreditation.
  • Pay directly to Dr. Robert Hewings  a video assessment fee of $100.00 at the point of video submission.
  •  Successfully meet the video skill criteria and receive your Instructor Certification.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding and Implementing Olfaction References
  • Double Blind Discrimination
  • Target Odor Selection and Handling
  • Training Aids
  • Breakdown for Fluent training Programs
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Scent work 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

     Dr. 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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