• Date: Saturday 28th June 2014
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:30
  • Where: Willows High School

The aim of this course is to introduce handlers (and their dogs) to the fascinating world of scent detection. We will be using legal substances in the form of tobacco, gun oil or BBQ lighter fluid, depending on the handler’s preference.

Handlers will be shown how to ‘condition’ the dog to the odour, how to prepare and handler their gifte and basic searches will be developed on lead. We will also discuss the handler’s role in detection work as well as some of the basics about scent, scent cones and scent pooling.

Longer searches off lead will be added in the afternoon.

Note: Scent detection is mentally tiring for dogs and dogs must be comfortable with spending time in the handler’s vehicle when they are not working and at breaks so that they have a chance to rest properly. Dog must be comfortable with this and not bark or become distressed.

Maximum of 12 handlers a day, worked in two groups of 6, handler places are £50/day. No limit on spectators places, spectator places are £25/day. All attendees will receive comprehensive hand outs covering the exercises with detailed instructions and a certificate of attendance. Booking is essential asnumbers are strictly limited and payment is required prior to course.

Arrive at 9:30am for a 10:00pm start and each day will end with a Question and Answer Session and finish at 4:30pm approximately. Lunch will be for one hour and you will need to bring a packed lunch.