As a drug detector dog handler with HM Customs & Excise, Pam Mackinnon searched all over the UK, from oil rigs to cruise ships, postal depots to airports and vehicles to houses. Combining her detector skills with her work as a dog training and behavior consultant, Pam developed a training program that teaches pet dog owners how to train their own dogs to become detector dogs.
With more than 25 years experience, you and your dog are in great hands as Pam takes you through each stage of scentwork from introducing the dog to a specific scent, to starter searches, right through to advanced work in a variety of areas.
This highly anticipated manual is essential reading for everyone interested in scentwork.
In Pam Mackinnon time as a Royal Air Force trained drug detector dog handler for HM Customs & Excise Pam adored the teamwork between her and her dog. The pure joy of working together for a common purpose was magical. They searched everything from planes to cars, postal depots to houses, oil rigs to ships. They worked at many airports including Heathrow and Glasgow, ferry terminals at Dover and Stranraer plus docks at Liverpool, Hull and Greenock, and even caves and islands off the West Coast of Scotland. A few years ago she started introducing scentwork in her dog training classes. Much to her delight owners and dogs loved it as much as she did. The demand for pet dog scentwork has exploded since those early days, hence the formation of Talking Dogs Scentwork® in 2011.
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Written by an ex operational dog handler with HM Customs and Excise in the UK, dog trainer and behaviourist, this tome explains simply, yet thoroughly how to harness the strengths of your dog for mutual benefit This is not an activity that needs to be the sole prerogative of either the competitive or professional dog team but one that can provide mental stimulation for dogs of any age, breed, size and/or physical limitations In addition, as it can be done both indoors and out, requires little or no equipment and can be enjoyed alone or with a group, it is accessible to all. Whether or not you can attend workshops this book contains the information you need to develop the skills, knowledge ability, training and experience of both you and your dog in this rewarding activity. Pam describes how both food and toy motivated dogs can enjoy scentwork and takes the reader carefully but quickly through starter to advanced searches and demonstrates how, with a little bit of imagination, the possibilities are endless! There is also a helpful troubleshooting section. If you are looking for something extra to do in order to enhance the relationship with your dog, improve some behavioural aspects or just have a blast this is the book for you!