Scent Training For Every Dog

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Rob Hewings
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Scent dogs are happy dogs! Scent training, so long the preserve of the specialist, is now one of the fastest growing canine sports, enriching the lives of the dogs that take part. Scentwork taps into a dog’s natural behaviour and is the means of providing a rewarding occupation with a very special feel-good factor. It rehabilitates rescue dogs, gives misunderstood dogs an outlet for their energy, and allows companion dogs to find a focus and spend quality time with their owners.

In this book, Rob Hewings, a former police dog handler and instructor – and now a passionate convert to positive dog training – shares his unique methodology to get you started on your scentwork journey. Drawing on his wide-ranging experience, Rob explores the world of canine scent and explains how we can harness this extraordinary ability. He gives detailed practical instructions, starting from teaching a dog to identify target scent right through to conducting a full-scale search. Packed with trainer’s tips, details of making your own scent studio, scentwork games to play and troubleshooting solutions, Scentwork Training For Every Dog is the complete guide for those who want to get started in scentwork, for enthusiasts who want to hone their skills and get that competitive edge, and for instructors who are introducing new pupils to the wonderful world of scent.

Rob Hewings spent 30 years in the Metropolitan Police in London, first as a dog handler and then as an instructor. During that time he gained wide experience in all types of scentwork in hugely differing environments. Working at crime scenes taught him to react to unfolding situations, getting the best from his canine partner, yet always putting the dog’s welfare first. His time as an instructor showed him that dogs are individuals and have different ways of learning. When Rob left the Met, he studied scent detection training and gained a doctorate, thus combining academic theory with his operational background. This, combined with his passion for positive training, puts him in a unique position in the world of canine scent detection.

He now runs the UK College of Scent Dogs imparting his knowledge to those new to scentwork, to competitors, and to instructors running clubs and workshops. He says: “My aim is to train my students to be self-directed learners, using positive reinforcement and choice-based training, which creates a great learning environment for both humans and dogs.”

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  • 4
    Scent Training for Dogs

    Posted by Albtal German Shepherds on 13th Apr 2021

    Very well written and easily understandable.

  • 5
    Scent Training for Every Dog

    Posted by Mary Fish Arango on 1st Apr 2021

    I love this book and recommend it to many of my dog training clients. It has wonderful descriptions of the power of positive reinforcement in a variety of settings, and it explains scent work clearly. The stories folded into explanations are memorable. The sidebars are worth circling back to. This book makes an awesome gift for friends who are serious about training and behavior and the way a dog's mind works.

  • 5
    Scent Training for every dog

    Posted by Margaret May on 20th Feb 2020

    Great book very informative

  • 5
    Scent Training For Every DOg

    Posted by Pam Francis-Tuss on 13th Jan 2020

    Rob does an excellent job of laying out the who, what, where, why & how's in a very easy to understand way. I have taken 2 Scent classes from Rob and this book helped me remember much of what he taught me in class. Now I have it in writing and even more excited to continue to work with dogs and scenting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about teaching scenting, work with their own dog on scenting or just wanting to understand the why & how to's. Thanks Rob I thoroughly enjoyed it!!