I’ve written this Search Workbook to give you a jumping off point, a series of searches to act as guides as you and your dog build skills and experience in scentwork together. The perfect companion to the Detector Dog courses.
Each of the 20+ searches lays out suggested resources that will help increase your understanding of the specific search, lists the equipment you will need, and how much time each search should take. I’ve also included what you should look for from the search along with learning goals for both and your dog. The workbook is split into three sections, Starter, Intermediate and Advanced so that you can easily find searches at the right level for your search team. If you work through each search in book order, you will find that each builds upon the previous search. But you will also see that there are Specialist Searches, such as baggage and vehicle, where you might decide to focus on one specialism and work through the all the searches for that topic. Use the workbook to learn how to set the goals and the searches that will help you reach those goals. Take the searches directly from the workbook, or adapt them. Be creative, be thoughtful, progress gradually rather than taking huge leaps and most of all, make sure your dog is having fun with you.
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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
Frequently Asked Questions
20+ searches set out with recommended learning resources, equipment, learning goals for you and your dog, three challenge levels, including key skill searches and specialised searches - the perfect companion to the Detector Dog courses.