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Accredited Scent Instructor Program (5 days) presented by Dr. Robert Hewings

  • Saturday, November 06, 2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, FL. 33545


  • 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
  • Secure your spot with a deposit and pay the remainder of the workshop fee over five invoices across 5 months.
  • This registration enables you to bring your dog and work directly with Robert and Karen Hewings with the goal of becoming a Scent Instructor

The UK College of Scent Dogs 

 Scent Instructor Workshop

presented by Dr. Robert Hewings and Karen Hewings 

If you would like to spread your payments over a few months, then go ahead and register for the monthly payments and pay your deposit Then please email Sharon Nettles within 24 hours of registration and she can help get you all set up with your payment invoices.


Who is this program for?

Dog Training and Behavior Instructors that teach in a pet dog environment including, group classes, specialist workshops, private training and behavioral modification programs.

  • This 5 day course is limited to 14 working spot attendees to ensure maximum attention and practical opportunities. 
  • There are also 14 Auditor spots available for those who want 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’

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

  • The physiology of canine scent
  • Understand scenting, searching and indication
  • Double blind discrimination
  • Target odor selection and handling
  • Training Aids
  • Breakdown for fluent training programs
  • Trouble shooting
  • Scent work for Rehabilitation
  • Tacit behaviours within detection
  • Daily practical exercises
  • Systematic search techniques
  • Scent discrimination and contamination
  • Instructor coaching, communication and problem solving

     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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