The Team

Dr Robert Hewings. BSc. MA. D/Prof. (Head of School)

Recently retired after 30 years’ exemplary police service with the Metropolitan Police, his dog handling and dog training experience is underpinned with outstanding academic qualifications. Robs’ seven years doctoral research is set upon using evidence-based practice and humanism within the canine scent detection training environment, discovering ‘There is a better way’. He is the author of the popular book ‘Scent Training for Every Dog’ (Please visit our shop!).

Rob possesses superb evaluation, assessment, presentation and leadership skills and has an ability to encourage learning. He has a high level of dedication and commitment, with a passion and a love for teaching and training these incredibly special dogs and handlers. Rob, and his team will ensure that all dog handlers are trained to the very highest level, enabling these successful programmes to benefit all types of clients.

Karen Caton-Hewings

The UKCSD’s most experienced and operationally proven team member, Karen has recently retired from the Metropolitan Police after 30 years exemplary service. She is an accomplished Specialist Search Dog Trainer with nearly 20 years’ experience working within the explosive search environment here in the UK and abroad. Karen has planned and developed both national and international training exercises. She has organised joint working practices between the Police, Military, Prison service, Ministry of Defence and the Private Security sector.

Having worked within the Counter-Terrorism area of policing, she has hands on experience of dealing with the aftermath of terror attacks, and as a licensed search dog hander has spent many years protecting, the Royal Family, our government and its property, also high-level security requirements in and around London.

Dave Wardell

Welcome to the UKCSD family Dave Wardell !

Dave brings to UKCSD team many years of practical operational experience, knowledge and skill. He has proven that his dedication to the well-being and safety of all working dogs is second to none. Dave will share his vast knowledge and practical abilities within the canine tracking forum on our new tracking courses, he knows more than anyone the joy, and at times heartache of working with dogs.

Dave (known more as ‘Finns Dad’) has worked tirelessly to change the law and protect service animals, he is the originator of Finn’s Law. Pushing forward with Finn’s Law part two is testament to his commitment to protecting dogs. Dave joins us as one of our team helping you get the best from your dogs, increasing your team-work and allowing the dogs to engage in what they love to do, so if you want to learn form the best join us on one of our tracking courses here at the UKCSD.