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Baggage Searches

Does your dog do everything at top speed? Do you want to help her slow down and pay attention? Baggage searches help the dog to learn this for herself!

Does your dog do everything at top speed? Does she lack concentration and self control? How would it feel to be able to set up an activity where she learns these skills for herself? Baggage searches give your dog the opportunity to sniff for rewards (which you KNOW she loves to do!), and find out that if she is too fast, too distracted she simply won't find what she wants.

Search specific skills are also a wonderful way to add to your scentwork skillset and have more fun working with your dog. This course will teach you and your dog how to search baggage, i.e. suitcases, handbags, rucksacks, etc., systematically and successfully. The lectures will help you to think about how much scent the dog is likely to access according to the type of bag, how to maximise or minimise the scent picture, and so equips you with the knowledge of how to set the correct level of challenge according to your dog's scentwork skills. Following my search protocols, you will take your dog from basic baggage searches with empty bags and easy to access finds to advanced searches with fully packed, closed bags. Graded quizzes ensure you get the best from the course, and on completion you will receive a graduation certificate.

As an added bonus, I've included a lecture on searching postal bags, another search to add to your skillset.


Your Instructor


Pam Mackinnon
Pam Mackinnon

As a professional dog trainer for 30 years, I have used scentwork to help thousands of dogs work with their owners to be more attentive, less reactive, more relaxed, less agitated. As a universal skill that can be learned by all dogs and all owners, the flexibility, fast results and good old fashioned fun found in scentwork led me to form Talking Dogs Scentwork® in 2011.

Since then I've been working hard to keep up with demand, such is the interest in scentwork. As the first national provider of scentwork training for non-selected (pet) dogs in Great Britain, TDS has quickly grown into the go-to scentwork training provider, with the TDS Detector Dog manual proving more popular than I could have ever imagined, selling well all over the world, but particularly in the UK and USA. I specialise in teaching all breed types, all ages, all abilities (physical, mental and emotional) Combining my years as a professional drug detector dog handler for HM Customs with my experience as a pet dog training and behaviour consultant, I tailor my teaching to dogs who don't have jobs, those who have been selected as companions rather than tools of the trade.

I spend the majority of my time travelling around the UK teaching Talking Dogs Scentwork® workshops. I am also privileged to be asked to share my knowledge at conferences and with major organisations, including Dogs Trust, Puppy School, Victoria Stilwell and the prestigious Woof! Conference.

To help meet demand and expand our knowledge base, I have been joined by a wonderful and select team of Talking Dogs Scentwork® Accredited Trainers.

Some of my working highlights include:

  • Drug Detector Dog Handler with HM Customs & Excise
  • Sirius Puppy Trainer in association with Dr. Ian Dunbar
  • Assistance Dog Trainer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
  • Behaviourist for Wood Green Animal Shelters
  • Founding & running Talking Dogs Scentwork®, part of Talking Dogs Ltd.
  • Creating TD Rally® - a sport for pet dogs & their people

Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Baggage searches
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  Bonus search
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Does this course teach an active or passive indication?
I teach an active indication. This allows everyone to be successful without any prior indication training.
Do I need to have completed any training before enrolling on this course?
Yes, you need to have taught your dog the basics of scentwork, as taught in our 'Teach your dog to sniff!', 'Puppy' or 'Senior' scentwork courses. In short, your dog should be able to locate a specific scent before beginning work on this course. If you have also learned about directed searches in our Scentwork Skills course you will gain even more.
Do I receive a certificate if I successfully complete the course?
Yes!

Watch your busy dog learn steadiness and self control as she searches baggage. Baggage searches expand you and your dog's scentwork skills, teaching you how to search like a pro!

This is a Core course, Next Steps level, so work through our Teach your dog to sniff!, Puppy Scentwork or Senior Scentwork course first. And if you have learned how to do directed searches on our Scentwork Skills course, you will gain even more.

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