Scent Dog Training was founded by Lyn Bowers and Di Martin in 2022.
I’ve been in dog training for over 35 years, and I’ve owned and trained many breeds including Border Collies, Belgian Malinois and GSD’s. I’ve trained dogs for obedience, flyball, agility, rally and scentwork trials and been lucky enough to compete with them. I also work as an instructor for the UK KCGCDS, training dogs in all levels of the award and we were Listed Status Club of the Year in 2020. I am also a qualified Canine Behavioural Consultant although I’m not currently practicing.
My passion is scent detection and I’ve been privileged to work with and handle both explosive detection dogs, screening air cargo for bombs and to train and handle bedbug detection dogs, searching for bedbugs in hotels.
I currently train dogs for sports scentwork in Greater London and Oxfordshire and I’m proud to say my clients are very successful in trials. As well as being a Judge and Trial Manager for Scentwork UK, I’m also an ORT Assessor for the National Nosework Association and a Trial Organiser for Nosework Games.
I have five dogs of my own, a crazy Australian Shepherd Dog, a Labrador, a Working Sheepdog and two Belgian Malinois, all of whom do scentwork. They help me teach by demonstrating in class and on workshops and my Malinois have shown off their skills at Crufts, the UK’s largest dog event. Occasionally, when time permits, we will find the time to take part in trials ourselves.
We will very soon welcome another Belgian Malinois to our family and she will feature regularly on our live content and ongoing support platforms.
Are you looking for an In-Person Course?
Lyn Bowers also runs in-person dog training and scentwork training classes and 1-2-1s in the Oxfordshire area.
Di Martin has more than 30 years of experience training puppies, dogs and their owners. Di’s passion is for clients to experience the unique relationship she has with her own dogs and strives to find methods that will inspire everyone. She is often invited as a guest presenter and trainer at obedience and dog training clubs across the UK and Europe.
Her science background has driven her to gain a full understanding of the learning theory and science of modern dog training, cracking the code of how dogs think, feel and learn. She strives to help owners connect better with their dogs, providing face-to-face training along with ground-breaking online video, pictorial and written materials to support all human learning styles.
She is a prominent figure in dog sports, running seminars internationally to help like-minded people develop their understanding of canine behaviour and training. She is a championship judge and handler, winning Crufts herself with Obedience Champion Colliewood Candy Girl in 2011.
Di is an advanced instructor under the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme and a certified Behavioural Adjustment Training (BAT) instructor for aggression and anxiety-based behaviour. She has great experience in solving behavioural problems and works with clients to put in place practical step by step approaches to resolving complex issues.
Di combines this with general confidence building, advanced handling techniques as well as interactive training games to ensure dogs have the best programme of development. She has helped tens of thousands of dogs and their owners to build better relationships and meet their training goals, be it for family dogs, working dogs, therapy dogs or competitive sport dogs.