Wagtail

Experience/Taster Days

Wagtail UK offer a one-day Experience/Taster Day designed to give people an insight into professional search dog handling.

In conjunction with Wagtail UK's sister company, Conservation Dogs, we have also launched a new Conservation Dog Taster Session.   Please see below for details of both taster days.

Experience/Taster Day 

Spend a day with professional dog trainers and operational handlers who will give you a first-hand account of industry expectations, training standards, methods of training and routes into employment.  During the day, which includes presentations and demonstrations, you'll get plenty of time to discuss your own interests as well as the unique opportunity to work fully trained detection dogs. We will provide you with an honest and sincere overview of the industry.

Fantastic taster day! Truly amazing. I loved the opportunity to handle a fully trained dog. An amazing insight awesome . . . have been buzzing ever since.
Feedback from Taster Day attendee

Dates for Taster Days 

  • Fri 6 Oct 2017
  • Fri 3 Nov 2017
  • Fri 1 Dec 2017
  • Fri 26 Jan 2018
  • Fri 3 Mar 2018
  • Fri 18 May 2018
  • Fri 29 Jun 2018
  • Fri 2 Nov 2018

Please note that the program is subject to change.

For further information on taster days and all of our courses, please contact us on: 01745 561166 or info@wagtailuk.com 

Cost

Experience/Taster days are £130, which includes a buffet lunch and refreshments. 

We also offer Gift Vouchers which can be redeemed against one of our Experience/Taster Days at a date convenient to the recipient. Please call 01745 561166 if you wish to purchase an Experience/Taster Day Gift Voucher.  Payment can be made by telephone using credit/debit card or bank transfer. 

Who are Experience/Taster Days for?

Our taster/experience days are for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in dog detection work, anyone who is interested in training their own detection dog and anyone who wants a fun day out in the company of like-minded people.  

Accommodation

Self-catering accommodation is available nearby at Wagtail House in Prestatyn with discounted rates of:

  • £25 for a single room per night 
  • £45 for a double room per night.  

Recently refurbished, Wagtail House offers 15 en-suite bedrooms.  Visit our accommodation page for more details. Please call 01745 561166 to make a booking.

Example Itinerary for Experience/Taster Day

0900-0910 - Arrival meet and greet - tea, coffee, biscuits 
0910-0915 - Intro to the day + H&S
0915-1000 - Overview of working dogs
1000-1030 - Procurement & demo
1030-1045 - Break
1045-1130 - Wagtail dogs
1130-1215 - Wagtail courses
1215-1300 - Buffet lunch
1300-1315 - Travel 
1315-1400 - Stages of Training demo
1400-1430 - Building search with a drugs dog
1430-1500 - Vehicle search with a bomb dog
1500-1515 - Break with refreshments
1515-1545 - Open area search with a conservation dog
1545-1630 - Q&A 

To book please call 01745 561166 or email info@wagtailuk.com

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Conservation Detection Dog Taster Session 

Our one-day conservation detection dog taster session will take place on:

  • Friday 29 September 2017

Our two-day conservation detection dog taster session will take place on:

  • Thursday 26 & Friday 27 October 2017
  • Thursday 19 & Fri 20 April 2018

Conservation Dogs, Wagtail UK’s sister company, is a unique company providing a more efficient and cost effective search method for scats, carcasses, live animal and product of animal origin. 

Learn about this exciting field of dog detection and have the opportunity to handle a fully trained detection dog on this new two-day taster session.

Wagtail UK and Conservation dog Handler/Trainer Aran Clyne (BSc), will be sharing the knowledge of 6 years worldwide experience training and handling these specialist detection dogs.

Cost 

The cost of our one-day Conservation Detection Dogs Taster Sessions is £130, which includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.

The cost of our two-day Conservation Detection Dogs Taster Session is £250, which includes a buffet lunch and refreshments on both days.

Please call 01745 561166 or email info@wagtailuk.com to book your place.

Who is this Conservation Taster Session for?

The one-day Conservation Detection Dogs Taster Session is a condensed version of our two-day Taster Session, and still contains plenty of hands-on experience and the opportunity to ask questions, but less theory.  

The Taster Sessions are for anyone interested in conservation detection dogs and will take place at the Wagtail International School of Excellence in North Wales.  

Whether you are a dog trainer, handler, biologist, ecologist, conservationist or just simply interested in learning more about conservation detection dogs, this is the course for you!

Amazing - the knowledge of Aran and his handling skills were incredible - very enthusiastic!
Conservation Taster Session May 2017
Conservation Dogs

Topics include:

  • Scent work 
  • Choosing the right breed 
  • Search environments 
  • Client base 
  • UK work 
  • Overseas work 
  • Handling techniques 
  • Welfare 
  • Licenses

Accommodation

Self-catering accommodation is available nearby at Wagtail House in Prestatyn with discounted rates of:

  • £25 for a single room per night 
  • £45 for a double room per night.  

Recently refurbished, Wagtail House offers 15 en-suite bedrooms.  Visit our accommodation page for more details. Please call 01745 561166 to make a booking.

To book your place please call 01745 561166 or email: info@wagtailuk.com