Masterclass - Indications

The fine art of indication identification


"Help - my dog can find the scent but I can't tell when!"

"I can't see the changes in her behaviour. And if I do spot a change I don't know what my dog is telling me!"

Learning to talk dog is crucial to scentwork, and to all aspects of our lives with dogs. Misunderstanding that 'guilty' look, or not recognising when you dog is scared has real life impacts on your relationship with your dog. And scentwork is no different. All too often I hear handlers saying that they can't see their dog's indications. They can't spot when the dog has found the target scent. This leaves the dogs unsupported and the handlers frustrated.

Masterclasses are where we get to drill down into specific areas of scentwork. Recognising indications and understanding what our dogs are telling us while they are working is crucial to the efficiency and effectiveness of the scentwork team. Indications are made up of multiple signals which often happen fast and change quickly. Whether your dog gives a passive or an active indication, not being able to respond appropriately to what your dog is telling you can result in the dog shutting down the conversation, shutting down the scentwork game and shutting you out. I will show you how to identify which signals are and are not indications, how to distinguish interest and investigation from indication and because every dog is an individual, understand how to tailor your behaviour to support different dogs.

This Masterclass is jam packed with content:

  • 18 different breeds
  • 35 dogs
  • 37 video clips
  • Printable course notes
  • Indication Chart
  • Indication Checklist

This course will give you the ability to identify your own dog's indications, your clients' dogs indications, any dog's indications.

If you are serious about scentwork, and/or fascinated by canine body language, this course is for you!

"Hi Pam, thanks for this. Watched it several times last night. There’s some fabulous examples of indications. Really clear to see and provided me with some great pointers to look out for. Reading or hearing about it is one thing. Actually seeing them in action is completely different!

Very interesting and informative session"

- Sarah Stupart

"Scentwork is the only activity my little dog can or will do so I am keen to learn as much as possible about it and how I can help her succeed. I learnt much more than I expected. Armed with all the new information our scentwork session was richer and I observed all sorts of subtle changes in my dog’s behaviour."

- Liz Hiles

"The Indication Masterclass is fantastic. It's fascinating to watch the many different ways that dogs indicate when they find their target scent, the information provided means you look at the indications with new eyes and helps to really break down and understand what you are seeing."

- Carly Lucas

This printables pack is included in this Masterclass. Brilliant!

Course Curriculum

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This is a Pro Track course, designed for people like you, who have a passion for scentwork.

You and your dog can be at any stage in your scentwork journey to benefit from the information and skills in this course.

And I guarantee you will want to watch the lectures again and again, there's so much to see, so much to spot.

So sit back, start watching and l'll teach you the fine art of indication identification.

Get started now!

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 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
I'm a dog trainer, is this course suitable for me?
Absolutely! This course will help you see so much more than ever before, and understand what to do with those observations to help your clients be the best they can be.
I'm not a dog trainer, is this course suitable for me?
Absolutely! You wouldn't be here if you didn't already have a passion for scentwork, so this course will help build and hone your skills at whatever stage you are on your scentwork journey.
I've taught my dog to give a passive indication. Would this course still be useful for me?
Yes! New searches, new locations, new levels of challenge will all impact how your dog works. If you can identify when your dog is on the scent, you are in the best place to reinforce the behaviour you desire and support your dog to be a reliable and efficient scent dog.
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