Ten years ago I pioneered scentwork for companion dogs across the UK.

If you want more scentwork, better relationships, happier dogs, come learn with me as Talking Dogs Scentwork® enters a second decade.

I have to pinch myself to believe that it's ten years (actually 11 now!) since Talking Dogs Scentwork® was born. Ten years, thousands of dogs and handlers, and countless laughs, surprises and gasps of awe as our dogs astounded and delighted us with the power of their noses.

I am so thankful for all the clients who bought into my concept of supportive scentwork. Humans supporting canines as we all work towards common goals. I'm not just talking about the goal of finding the target scent, but of the ultimate goal of helping our dogs feel confident as we build trust and partnerships with them.

My foolproof system is used in more than 24 countries by thousands of dog lovers just like you.

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Scentwork for all

Using my supportive scentwork system, every dog can not only benefit from, but can experience joy and pleasure when engaging in Talking Dogs Scentwork®

Dogs who can be reative with other dogs and/or people have quickly learned that we offer a safe space for them to relax and learn.

Dogs who are starting to lose mobility or who are differently abled from other dogs find themselves shoulder to shoulder with their peers, their noses doing just as fine a job as all the others.

We have welcomed, and continue to welcome, handlers in wheelchairs, with walking aids, with autism and with mental challenges.

Dogs and handlers both young and old, complete novices and experienced trainers have all succeed with Talking Dogs Scentwork®

The supportive scentwork offered by Talking Dogs Scentwork® has proved time and time again that excellence can walk, or sniff, hand in hand with inclusivity. Nobody should feel excluded or belittled for having a certain breed of dog or a disability or for not having years of experience or a deep understanding of learning theory.

My core values and long experience remain the same:


Lynda Salmon says

I would just like to say how wonderful it is since I discovered Scentwork.

It has enabled me to have the most fantastic relationship with my dog better than I could have expected. We often have to travel long distances and knowing that I can set up an exciting but ultimately relaxing search enroute makes these journeys far less stressful.

Thank you from Poppy and myself.


So many teams have gained more than a certificate. Although it's always exciting to earn recognition for your achievements, it's even more exciting to see the change in your dog and in your relationship together.

Val Ford says

Over the years I have tried many different dog training activities but Talking Dogs Scentwork® is the ‘Creme De La Creme’. It’s brilliant! Dogs love it, handlers love it and ALL DOGS CAN DO IT! TDS provides dogs and handlers with essential mental and physical exercise. It strengthens the bond between dog and handler. TDS can be done anywhere - indoors or out. Truffle, my 14 year old Working Cocker, still enjoys daily searches for her ‘mice’. It keeps her alert and active. I’m so pleased I discovered Pam. I would recommend TDS to all dog owners.

Louise Bater says

As an Elite Trainer for Talking Dogs Scentwork I can confidently say that this is the most wonderful approach to teaching pet dogs the fabulous world of scentwork.

No pressure on dog or handler, everything is relaxed and quite simply, FUN! I adore teaching Talking Dogs Scentwork and it was an excellent journey from my very first Scent 1 workshop all the way up to Elite Trainer status. 

I love watching the different dog-handler teams and coaching them through their scentwork journeys. Each dog is different and the teaching is tailored to suit. Not only can you learn Talking Dogs Scentwork in-person at workshops around the country, you can also learn from Pam's Detector Dog courses online - fab! Not only that, live online classes are also available. So there really is something to suit everyone. 

No matter what the breed, what the experience or ability of handler, Talking Dogs Scentwork is the place to go for everything fun when it comes to scentwork training with your dog. 

What are you waiting for? 

Nicola Donovan says

A young pup who couldn’t settle before bed, a middle aged dog who needed both physical and mental stimulation and an older dog with limited mobility that deserved enrichment in her twilight years. This was our scentwork journey and Talking Dogs Scentwork® our supportive extended scentwork family . 

We made life long friends, we made a journey together, our bond as dog and handler became so strong and trusting, we learnt together, we were AMAZED together and we laughed! 

We didn’t need lots of costly equipment or a specific location. We could enjoy the scenting with friends or alone. We just employed some junk, open spaces and an imagination - you can engage in scentwork anywhere. Get sniffing and enjoy your scentwork adventures. I cannot recommend Talking Dogs Scentwork® highly enough.

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Rachael Wherry says

 I found out about ‘Talking Dog Scentwork’ when Skye was a puppy and we went through the whole programme together. The teaching on the programme is very clear and I progressed from a complete beginner to achieving my accreditation as a handler. Although Skye has done all sorts of activities with me over the years (she’s going to be 7 next week) scentwork is her absolute favourite and we still ‘play’ searching very regularly. Just last Sunday we set up a search in and around rocks on the beach and had a great time. For ideas we’ve been supported by Pam’s excellent blog during lockdown.

Barbara Weir says

Just want to say how much Hannah, my rescue Gordon Setter, and I enjoyed the scentwork classes. Hannah was not a toy oriented dog but CHEESE!! Oh boy!! Your well explained lessons and good humoured approach was fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience all the way through to the end to becoming a handler!! Thank you so much. Would recommend TDS to everyone!!

Allyson Tohme KCAI (WTA) CAP 1, CAP 2 says

Why do I like Talking Dogs Scentwork®?

Because it is inclusive, not exclusive. Whether the dog or handler is in the first flush of youth or a more “seasoned campaigner”; either or both are performance athletes or confined to wheels; one is the product of a pedigree as long as your arm or a Heinz 57; one lives on a landed estate or in more modest surroundings it is an activity accessible to all.

It focuses on what is in the best interests of the dog, not the those of a “system” or style; it is co-operative not competitive and is centred around the activity rather than apparatus.

But most of all because it is a source of fun not frustration.

Our feedback surveys show that students find the courses:

  • practical

  • high quality

  • reliable

  • meet their needs

  • are excellent value for money

  • they are extremely likely to enrol on more of my courses

So many have gone before you. These courses are tried and tested. And I'm constantly reviewing, updating and improving the content to ensure the information remains current, reliable and student friendly.

Fiona McLean says

Talking Dogs Scentwork® has been the very best of the many activities that Scampi and I have tried. It's the one we stick with and the one that comes out of the tin on days when the weather is horrid, when Scampi is feeling anxious and stressed or when we just want a bit of fun for the pair of us! As the owner of an anxious and reactive dog, scentwork has helped me see Scampi in a whole new light. It empahsises her brilliance rather than her difficulties. It has strengthened our bond as we work as a little team. I've dipped into other brands of scentwork which require a passive indication but nothing seems to be as much fun for Scampi as Talking Dogs Scentwork where Scampi can search out and play with the find. I also love that it's something we will be able to do even as Scampi (and I) get older and less agile. I loved working through the workshops with the progressively more difficult and more exciting searches. I made friends for life through TDS.  The joy that Scampi displays when that scentwork tin appears is worth it's weight in gold!

I've had the privilege of teaching scentwork to many of the top trainers in the UK, including:

Sarah Whitehead

Sian Ryan

Chirag Patel

Tamsin Durston

Julie Bedford

Jo-Rosie Haffenden

Now it's your turn. Come learn with me and together I will guide you as your beloved dog learns how to be a detector dog.

Helen Heffron says

Having an anxious, reactive dog is very difficult. Training classes often left both of us frustrated and disheartened.

Then we discovered Talking Dogs Scentwork® and loved it from day one. I love that everything about TDS is centred around the individual dog - what you search for, the types of searches you do, even asking other dogs to leave the room if needed. I also learnt to trust my dog, and he learnt that I was there to help and support him and for the first time we were actually working as a team.

He adores scentwork, from the carefully controlled searches that kept him sane during periods of crate rest/restricted exercise to digging up tiny bits of cloth buried on a beach - the possibilities are endless and the best thing is that he always 'wins'

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Once you've enrolled in the school or on a course, you will be able to join our exclusive Instagram group. This is where we can share our scentwork journeys, inspire each other and stay connected as we learn with our dogs.

It is also where I will have live sessions where you can ask questions in real time, talk through challenges and dig even deeper into the world of scentwork.