In her 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.

Since then she’s been working hard to keep up with demand, such is the interest in scentwork. TDS has quickly grown into the go-to scentwork training providers in Britain, with the TDS Turn Your Pet Dog into a Detector Dog manual proving more popular than Pam could have ever imagined, selling well both in the UK and USA. Scent 1: Learning to Sniff! DVD was launched in December 2014 and Scent 2: Handling Skills DVD came out in August 2015. Pam spends the majority of her time travelling around the UK teaching Talking Dogs Scentwork® from Devon to Edinburgh and everywhere in between. Pam is privileged to be asked to share her skillls with major organisations, including Dogs Trust where she presented at their staff training conference in 2015.

To help meet demand and expand their knowledge base, Pam was joined by Talking Dogs Scentwork® Accredited Trainers Helen Greenley, Leisl De Lafontaine, Sally Talbot, Linda Shearman, Clare Ross and Morag Heirs in 2014. If you are interesting in joining the team, please go to the Join Us! page to find out more.

Pam is co-founder of the sport Talking Dogs Rally®, a sport designed specifically for pet dogs and their people, which places a priority on support, practicality and welfare rather than competition. She has worked as a professional trainer and behaviourist for nearly 30 years working full time for charities Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Wood Green Animal Shelters. Her goal is to help increase the welfare and understanding of dogs through workshops, classes, private training, writing, products and media appearances, for pet dog owners and professionals.

About Talking Dogs Scentwork®

& founder Pam Mackinnon BA DipCABT

Pam’s dogs

Pam currently shares her life with two dogs Cherry Blossom (Labrador) and Ella (jrt), they both feature in the Scent 1 DVD. Plus a large ginger cat, Pan. Pam loves to work and train all breeds. Her previous canine companions were a  mongrel, Jack Russell Terrier, English Bull Terrier x collie, Large Munsterlander, English Springer Spaniel and rough collie.

During her time in HM Customs she worked English Springer Spaniels. Pictured below is Pam with her longest serving partner, Air Dog Ash.

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The photographs at the top of the page are used courtesy of photographer Bob Atkins and Your Dog Magazine