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Imagination and Creativity. Presented by Dr Robert Hewings BSc. MA. D/Prof

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
  • 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 16, 2023
  • 3:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


  • For Doggone Safe Members
  • Registration for attendees that have registered for the Live Workshop with Robert Hewings in 2020
  • A Discounted Rate for Pet Owner Members
  • A member of Pet Professional Guild International Chapter Registration: The registration code can be found in your member's area on the PPG website.
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  • Public Registration


CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5

Consider this; do you know a person that thinks outside the box? Has novel ideas, achievements, sometimes failures, is a problem solver, and demonstrates persistence and resilience? Are these people creative people? Could we as dog trainers assist our dogs in becoming creative in their work, in their problem solving?

The objectives for this webinar will encourage the candidates to think about and address the following:

  • How can we avoid frustration in our training?
  • How can we empower our dogs to commence problem solving?
  • How can we ‘spice up our training’ keeping our students and their dogs wanting more?

About Your Presenter

Dr. Robert Hewings

Author of the award winning ’Scent Training for every dog’ (First Stone Publishers) and head of learning and development for the UK College of Scent Detection, Dr Robert Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer.

Rob retired from London’s Metropolitan Police after 30 years’ exemplary service, 25 of which was as an operational police dog handler. The final nine years as a full-time police instructor with the world-famous Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has successfully underpinned his valuable operational experience with the highest academic qualifications, his Doctoral study is entitled ‘Is there a better way? Can humanistic education improve operant conditioning in canine scent detection training?'

During his time at the prestigious Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment (2007-2016) Rob headed the training for SWAT dogs, and was active in the instruction and development in all aspects of Police Search Dog Training. He played an active role in the instruction and development of the ‘Canine Training Instructor’ authoring two training manuals, and designing coaching programmes that have enhanced the effective performance of operational dog handlers.

After his retirement in 2016 Rob, took on new challenges to complete his desire to learn, lecturing at university (BSc Canine Behaviour and Training) where he specialised in ‘Assistance Dog Training’, writing his book, and practical assistance dog training using scent-work within epilepsy alert, diabetes alert and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder alert. He also attended Bergin University of Canine Studies where he gained a valuable insight into assistance dog training, particularly for PTSD sufferers.

Rob is now head of learning and development with the UK College of Scent Detection where he has been invited to share his knowledge world-wide, lecturing in USA, Australia and Europe. He is presently engaged in writing two academic papers for enhancing scent detection within the assistance dog community and emotional learning in our dogs.

However, prior to joining the Police Service Rob was a member of the British Army, and as a veteran himself, he has now combined his dog training and academic knowledge becoming a training advisor and consultant for the UK Charity Bravehound (www.Bravehound.co.uk). Here he has pioneered an assistance dog training methodology to incorporate scent alerts for PTSD. Realising the potential of ‘Scent Alert’ for PTSD assistance dogs, where the dog will alert to the onset of a nightmare, or day time anxiety attack. Rob is coaching a Phd student who is writing her thesis supporting and researching Robs hypothesis that dogs can detect these disturbing events, giving our veterans life changing assistance from the dogs.

Finally, Rob truly understands 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 you and your dog. 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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