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Detector Dog Search Workbook

Searches designed to inspire and motivate your search team

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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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


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Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the workbook?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this workbook for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the workbook?
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.
Are the searches in this workbook designed for dogs working with an active or passive indication?
They are all designed for dogs with active indications. But they can be adapted easily to fit with a passive indication.
Does my dog need to have prior training before I will be able to use this workbook?
Ideally your dog should be able to search for a specific scent before you buy this workbook. But if you are researching and planning prior to starting training, then no problem to buy the book now and use it once you have started training.

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.

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