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Skill Builder Bundle

Your dog can already find a specific scent. But what next? How do you keep your scentwork dog busy? This bundle has the answers

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Enrol on our 4 course bundle and save £££££!

This bundle is ideal if you have already taught your dog to search for a specific scent. I will help you build on the basics and work through each course through lectures, videos, downloadable handouts and graded quizzes. And before you know it, your pet dog will be a fully fledged detector dog.

1. Scentwork Skills

2. Increasing the Challenge

3. Baggage Searches

4. Vehicle Searches


In this bundle you will learn how:

to assess risk
to select a search harness
to use a search harness
to conduct a directed search
to use directed search protocols
to understand search plans
to use a search plan
to search corners
to search perimeters
to search interiors
to search for multiple finds
to search denser, larger areas
to work with various materials
to reduce the scent picture
to use layers
to use blank searches
to search outdoors
to search rucksacks, suitcases and baggage
to set out line-ups
to observe and understand the exact location of small finds
to enhance air flow
to search postal sacks
to understand the properties of postal sack contents
to use baggage search protocols
to risk assess vehicle searches
to use exterior vehicle search protocols
to use interior vehicle search protocols

Courses Included with Purchase



Scentwork Skills
Don't let your hard work learning the basics go to waste or let bad habits set in. Learn the pro tips to take your scentwork team to the next level.
Pam Mackinnon
£100
Increasing the Challenge
Your dog's search skills are better than yours, how do you stay engaged and stop your training becoming boring and predictable? Stick with me, I will show you.
Pam Mackinnon
£100
Vehicle Searches
No space to train? No time to set up training sessions? Vehicle searches solve your problems. Compact, instant searches to keep your dog busy.
Pam Mackinnon
£35
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!
Pam Mackinnon
£35

Original Price: £270


Working through this set of Core courses will take you and your dog to the next stage on your scentwork journey, developing your skills to become a true scentwork team.

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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.
Do I have to have a specific breed of dog?
No, you can work any breed type / mix. All dogs can participate in scentwork.
Do I need to have any training before signing up for this course bundle?
Yes, you need to have taught your dog to find a specific scent. If your dog can't do this already, you can enrol on our Teach Your Dog to Sniff! course, or our Super Sniffer Bundle.
Me / my dog has some physical limitations. Can we still successfully take part in scentwork?
Yes, no problem at all. All our training can be adapted to suit everybody, and every dog.

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