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- The Art and Science of Scent detection and Special dog’s training


Time: 20th and 21st of November 2015, 9 am - 5 pm

Place: Science Center Heureka Helsinki, Finland


9.00 Coffee

9.30 Welcome!

9.35 Toni Lahtinen: Video Greetings from Tanzania where Team Rokka is working to stop elephant poaching and ivory trade.

9.45 Paola A. Prada: “Sniffing out scent: The bridge between instruments and canines” Introduction - Historical and global perspectives of human scent as evidence

10.45 Break

11.00 Paola A. Prada: “Historical and global perspectives of human scent as evidence, continues

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Paola A. Prada: What is human scent - A viewpoint from the laboratory

14.30 Coffee

15.00 Paola A. Prada: Scent in the field and beyond the forensic arena

16.15 Break

16.30 Simon Prins: Training by Mother Nature

17.00 Thank you & See you tomorrow!



8.30 Coffee

9.00 Welcome!

9.05 Simon Prins: "Learn to change behavior fast – Your own and your dog’s"

History of animal training - Overview on how animal training developed

10.45 Break

11.00 Simon Prins: Why working together is so important in K9 training 

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Simon Prins: Innovative training methods and needed skill sets & How to collect and analyze data and build training programs

15.00 Coffee

15.30 Harri Gustafsberg: “The Mind Control of the Dog Handler - Develop you mind and have an impact on your dog’s learning and performance”

16.15 Thank you!



160 euros/1 day & 260 euros 2/days

Groups of 4 people: - 10 % off the prices.

Prices include coffees, lunch and VAT 24 %.


Seminar is held in English.


*That's what dogs say in Finnish.

Paola A. Prada is a research assistant professor at the Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech University. Her studies encompass interdisciplinary areas such as chemistry, animal behavior, and national security to address issues that are critical to effective intelligence and defense capabilities. She has worked extensively on developing instrumental methods for human odor identification for criminal investigations. Dr. Prada has also worked with canine scent detection in the context of optimizing odor collection techniques for scent training. She is one of the authors of the book Human Scent Evidence.


First time in Europe also for civilian dogtrainers and handlers!

Simon Prins has worked for over two decades as a dog handler and specialist expertise for Netherlands Police and National Crime Squad. He has won international acclaim as an innovative trainer for his work with camera dogs, explosive detection dogs and search and rescue dogs. Training animals into high risk operations lead to a whole new concept of animal training. Prins believes that it’s all about positive reinforcement, creating safe learning environments, setting criteria and clear communication. He is one of the authors of the book A Manual for Proven Success in Operational Service Dog Training (K9 Professional Training).


First presentation in Finland!

Harri Gustafsberg, M. A. – iPREP Developer and Trainer

Mr. Gustasfberg has worked as a law enforcement officer since 1990. He is a veteran police officer for 25 years. His last post was chief inspector at the Police University College of Finland, 2014. He served as a member of the Finnish National Special Intervention Unit called KARHU for 22 years. During his years of service, Mr. Gustasfberg worked as a member of the SIU, then as an expert use of force instructor, operational commander, and K9 Instructor.