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Detection Dogs,
Tommy and Emma

searching for cane toad

Moreton Island, Queensland
Purchase fully trained detection dogs Includes training of your handlers or book our fully accredited detection teams Enquire now This is Sally.

Her target odour is Orange Hawkweed.

Mt Kosciuszko Nat. Park, NSW
Macquarie Island declared pest free 7 April 2014 The last 13 rabbits found by detection dogs

Our work with detection dogs
has a wide range of applications

* Conservation (animal and plant) * Narcotics * Medical * Explosives * Research * Biosecurity


With over 30 years experience, Steve provides dogs, trains handlers and offers detection services for many types of scent detection. More info here.

New Book

My book “Working Dog Heroes” sold out so the second print is happening now. It will shortly be available in stores again.  In the meantime, you can still download the e-book from Kindle and iTunes.

Canines For Conservation

Dogs can be trained to detect many different species. Steve’s dogs are trained to indicate from a distance so wildlife are not disturbed.

Training Courses

Steve offers several training courses for handlers, specific subject workshops and can also be a guest speaker for your event. Get more info 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 statics for the presence of the species to be located.

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.


Conner is 15 months old and already an experienced conservation detection dog as he is fully trained on locating the noxious Orange Hawkweed. His now has a new odour he needs to detect which is Alligator weed. This is one of his first training sessions on the new scent.

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