Key Search

Never lose your keys again! Teach your dog to be your emergency back-up!

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For a limited time*, I am opening up this course as a stand alone purchase.

Usually it is only available as part of the How to teach your dog to search . . . bundle.

Having recently relocated to Scotland, the glorious wide open spaces reminded me just how reassuring it is to have an emergency back up when you are out exploring with your dog. Knowing that should the worst happen if your car keys, house keys, phone, inhaler or other essential falls out of your pocket or get dropped or lost, your dog can help you locate it again is such a comfort. Once you know how to teach your dog this fabulous skill, you can relax and enjoy your walk.

Teach your dog to be your emergency back-up!

Don't get stranded!
Don't get locked out of your home or car!

You never plan to lose your keys,

but now you can make a plan to find them

Teach your dog to find your lost keys!

A priceless skill that could save you time & money

I used to misplace my keys on a daily basis. While this was annoying, it didn't send me into the panic I experienced if I lost my keys outside of the house. The worst place I lost them was on a dog walk through glorious woodland. I had no idea when I lost them so had to retrace my steps (as well as I could remember them through the myriad of paths and avenues!) to try to find them. That was when I wished I'd taught my dog to find my keys. It would be so much easier, faster and she could be more thorough and cover way more ground than me.

Since then I have shared my method for finding lost keys at a major conference (Woof 2017) and with many of my fellow scent workers. But never have I put together such a comprehensive and detailed account of each part of the process. With video footage, you can follow me step by step as I demonstrate how to teach your dog how to sniff out your lost keys, phones, inhalers and more! Using my simple, logical and effective training, you can teach your dog something that's not just fun, but super useful and practical.

The course includes:

4 lectures

Video footage of all training stages

A full set of downloadable notes

A certificate when you successfully complete the course

"Best search you ever taught us . . . all our keys have the same tag!"

- Samantha Swanson, Chiltern Pet Partners

"Loving the course and trying not to binge watch it all at once!"

- Bill Ward

"Super little course, the content of Pam's courses are very thorough, easily understood and leave you wanting more!"

Course Curriculum

This is a Starter Level course, so you needn't have done any scentwork training before enrolling.

There are some non-scentwork skills that can enhance your training, you can learn about them in my upcoming course Support Skills.

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* This offer ends on 25th November 2021

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 my dog need to have any prior scentwork experience to do this course?
No, not at all. Your dog can learn to find your keys without any prior scentwork training. This course is designed for complete novices.
Do I receive a certificate when I successfully complete the course?

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. I work hard to stay at the forefront of my profession, staying creative, pushing boundaries and confounding expectations of what pet dogs can do. 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, Europe 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 work full time teaching Talking Dogs Scentwork® at workshops. online, at conferences and with major organisations, including Dogs Trust, Puppy School, Victoria Stilwell and the prestigious Woof! Conference.

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