Scent Detection: Ryan Tate – Sat/Sun, Feb 26th & 27th

WEEKEND (2 day event)

Please Note: Dog spots are by application only. In order to apply for a dog spot you must purchase a non-refundable auditor position. There are more details about dog spots further down.

February 26th & 27th, 2022

Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 4pm

The weekend workshop is suitable for ANY dog and owner. We will be covering the following:

  • How to test, shape and build hunt/search drive.
  • How to imprint a target odour on your dog.
  • Putting scent detection on cue.
  • Shaping an appropriate indication for your dog and their target.
  • How olfaction works and how to set up training sessions for the future.

Ryan is a qualified Dog Trainer, Zoo Keeper, Marine Biologist, Trainer and Assessor. He has been a full-time professional animal trainer and handler since 2004. Alongside his Zoo Keeping career, Ryan started training and handling truffle detection dogs.

Since 2015 his sole focus has been conservation dogs. He owns and handles a variety of specialised dogs trained to find: Feral cats, foxes, rabbits, rats, owls, koalas, quolls, hawkweed and alligator weed to name a few.

Ryan’s dogs are considered the benchmark for obedience, efficiency and accuracy. His dogs have the highest number of Koala finds of any detection dog team in the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires.

Schedule: Saturday & Sunday (9am – 4pm)

Location: Pro Dog Training, West Footscray

Parking: Attendees will each have an allocated parking spot for the weekend.

Catering: We will provide tea/coffee and light snacks over the weekend. You will need to organise your own lunch each day.

Cost:  Auditor spot: $280  Dog spot: $380

Dog Spots:

Please note that dog spots are by application only. In order to apply for a dog spot you must purchase a non-refundable auditor spot first. You will then need to email through an application for the dog spot. We are looking for a variety of dogs for the workshop. You will be notified approximately 4 weeks before the workshop start date to confirm if you have been successful. At this stage you will be required to pay the additional $100 fee for the dog spot.

If you are interested in a dog spot please detail your dog’s training history, their level of toy/food drive, their current obedience level and your goals for the workshop.

Pro Dog will need to sight proof of a current C5 vaccination (or equivalent) prior to attending the seminar. Please also ensure your dogs are up to date with their worming/flea/tick treatments. All dogs will need to be crated when not being trained. You are free to take them out for a walk at anytime during the workshop. There is a theory component to this workshop and dogs will be worked one at a time for much of the weekend.

Further details will be provided to individual dog spot attendees prior to the workshop.

Refund policy: Pro Dog will only offer a refund or exchange of a ticket if an event is cancelled, rescheduled or significantly relocated by the Seller (and you cannot or do not wish to attend the rescheduled or relocated event), or to the extent otherwise required by law (including the Australian Consumer Law).


26 - 27 Feb 2022




Prodog Training Academy
2 Tottenham Pde, West Footscray 3012
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