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Learn How to Train Dogs to Detect Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Nightmares with Dr. Robert Hewings

  • Monday, November 18, 2019
  • 9:00 AM (EST)
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • 4:30 PM (EST)
  • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL


  • This registration enables you to audit the 2-day PTSD workshop presented by Robert and Karen Hewings. You may also receive your certification with the submission of skill videos post the workshop. See event description for more information

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Learn How to Train Dogs to Detect 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Nightmares
Presented by Dr. Robert Hewings from the UK College of Scent Dogs

Primary Course Instructor: Dr. Robert Hewings BSc, MA. PGDip

Secondary Instructor: Karen Hewings

November 18, 19 2019   Monday & Tuesday


Who is this workshop for:

This course is for anybody interested in the training of dogs to support sufferers of PTSD specifically, and for those with a general interest in the role of assistance Dogs; their training and desired skill-set. It covers how to train for pheromone discrimination and training the dog to support through night terrors and much more.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is required of a PTSD Assistance Dog?
  • PTSD Case Studies
  • How to Train For Pheremone Discrimination
  • Training The Dog to Support Through Night Terrors
  • Realistic Training Versus 'Pretend' Training
  • Training Techniques, Skills and Methodologies
  • Live Training Demonstrations
  • Training The Dog To Support Through Daily Anxiety Attacks
  • Using Scent Alerts For Early 'Warnings'

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.


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.

Your Workshop Instructor - 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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