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    • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
    Presented by Robert Hewings
    CEUs PPAB 1. CCPDT 1.

    It has been long established that the dog can provide many health benefits to mankind, in guide work, assistance and therapy work, even education. With our world becoming ever-more stressful and mental health more understandable and common place, we are now beginning to talk about and discuss those things that only a generation ago were seen as ‘best kept quiet’

    How can we now train and allow our canine partner to help us assist those who suffer mental health issues?  As a retired police dog trainer of over twenty five years, and now an assistance dog trainer, I wish to take you on a personal journey that highlights the amalgamation of two very different training disciplines - A brief description of how scent work can be used to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify the advantages of the human/dog dyad as an aid to wellbeing
    • Understand the methodology of anxiety alert 
    • Apply the value of scent dog training within the assistance dog world 
    • Realize the importance of ‘multi-agency’ methods of training
    • Know the ‘golden-thread’ of therapy/assistance dog training dog training

    About The Presenter

    Robert Hewings is a highly experienced, qualified Canine Trainer and Management Consultant with a solid background in the design, development and delivery of bespoke programs for pet and service dog training institutions. He is also a qualified pet dog behavioral consultant. Rob is a part-time lecturer at Bishop Burton College (Hull University) U.K., where he specializes in Canine Training and Behavior, and Bergin University California USA, where his subjects include scent training for the Assistance Dog.

    Following on from an exemplary career as a dog handler and dog trainer with the Metropolitan Police spanning a 30-year period, he has now taken the decision to follow his passion, and channel his experience into ‘Training and coaching dogs, to help their people!’

    To realize this ambition, alongside his varied experience as a Police Dog Instructor, Rob began a learning journey that was to become life changing, not only for himself but for others. His academic career started with a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training, then an MA in Professional Practice Police Dog Training, and he is now engaged in a Doctorate of Professional Practice Service Dog Training, where two leading projects within the doctorate have been:
    • Ambient scent can affect the emotional learning and memory of the dog,  how  this be used to benefit the successful placement of the assistance dog?
    • Human anxiety attacks, nightmares and night terrors. Is there a scent cue for the assistance dog?
    Rob has designed and developed a training program where the scent cue is a unique step forward in the training of the Assistance Dog for Anxiety attacks, and in providing comfort and support when the handler is suffering nightmare or night terrors.

    Rob is the education consultant with the International Working Dog Association, a board member of Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programs and course design are being used in diabetic alert. He is currently engaged in the design, development and instruction of an epileptic seizure alert training program working in partnership with a local authority. The methodology for this canine training is based upon his knowledge and experience within search and assistance dog training.
    • Friday, March 23, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, March 23, 2022
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Robert Hewings

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

    Canine-scent work is becoming more popular by the day.

    “How do we start? Where can we get the equipment from? What scent should we use? How do we introduce a new scent? What are the progressive steps? How do we problem solve?”

    These are just a few questions that are asked time and time again, encouraging Rob to share his knowledge and bring in coaching techniques that can help you and your clients.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. A few mnemonics for scent-work

    2. How we can start with Classical or Operant Conditioning

    3. How we can apply conceptual learning to our training for development and problem-solving

    4. How we can ‘think outside the box’ to help with student development

    5. How adult learning can be developed by coaching techniques

    Your Presenter

    Rob Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer, who retired from the Metropolitan Police after his 30 years’ service, 25 of which was as a Police Dog Handler. The final ten years as a full-time trainer with the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has enhanced this experience with a BSc (Canine Training and Behaviour) MA (Professional Practice Police Dog Training) and is presently engaged Doctorate of Professional Practice (PhD) Canine Scent Detection. Rob has instructed all police canine disciplines from puppy training through to specialist search (explosives and narcotics), from training the General-Purpose Police Dog onto firearms support (SWAT support dogs).

    Rob is the head trainer at the newly established UK College of Scent Detection, and has lectured at Bishop Burton College, (Canine Training and Behaviour). Rob is also involved in research programmes for ‘ambient scent’, enhancing canine learning, and continuing research into scent alert for nightmares and night terrors, particularly within PTSD. He is a board member for Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programmes and course design are being used for Diabetic Alert Assistance Dogs.

    As a qualified Canine Behaviourist Rob knows the importance of a positive training schedule with the dogs he trains and the people he coaches. He wishes to share his love and experience of search training with people and their dogs. Witnessing the enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement the dogs get from being engaged in the natural process of ‘nose-work’ has been his guilty pleasure for the last 25 years, long may this continue!!

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