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with Steve and Vicki Austin
Conner detects noxious Orange Hawkweed..... .....under snow!!

Our work with detection dogs
has a wide range of applications

* Conservation (animal and plant) * Narcotics * Medical * Explosives * Research * Biosecurity
Purchase fully trained detection dogs Includes training of your handlers or book our fully accredited detection teams Enquire now

Macquarie Island

declared pest free 7 April 2014

The last 13 rabbits found by detection dogs

Dangerous Dogs Courses

1 or 2 day workshops at your premises. A must for anyone who interacts with dogs during their work.
Get more info here.

New Book

My book “Working Dog Heroes” sold out but they’re available again now. You can also download the e-book from Kindle and iTunes.

Weed Detection

Steve trained Australia’s first weed detection dog. After a very successful trial, Steve then trained two more weed dogs. More info here.

Canines For Conservation

The Canine Detection Certification Council assessments set minimum standards for detection dogs.  Watch videos here.

Canine Conservation Dogs

Our wildlife conservation detection dogs are highly effective when working together with other processes used to locate endangered or invasive species. Our detection dogs have proven to be very successful when entering areas which have not yet been surveyed, to quickly obtain information and statistics for the presence of the species to be located. They are also very effective to check that an area has remained free of feral animals.

Here are some facts:

  • A dog can cover a larger area and much quicker than humans. One trial showed a dog was able to locate scats 357% more effectively than humans!
  • Our conservation dogs remain more focused for longer periods of time than humans and is not distracted by day to day life.
  • Dogs do not have any preconceived concepts of where a species may be located and operate solely by what their nose indicates.
  • A dog can work in many environments with the same level of success, such as in cold or hot temperatures, snow, and extreme terrain.
  • A human resource is only as good as their electronic equipment and eyesight yet a dog operates with excellent hearing, eyes and a nose that is able to detect the scent at least 1,000 times better than humans.

An Australian-first trial using detection dogs to detect hidden leaks below ground !!

Initially I was a little apprehensive about this project for the WA Water Corporation due to the difficulty, but as usual my dogs smashed that apprehension proving they can find leaking water from underground pipes!

Having to learn many non-target odours such as normal rain water, water from the pipes, different soils and many other elements, Tommy and Emma have been outstanding totally surpassing my expectations! I believe this is marking a new era in detection dogs.

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All enquiries for work, appearances and training are welcome. Contact Steve by email or phone 0419 983 164.