Project consulting for conservation detection, security,

anti-poaching and more.


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with Steve and Vicki Austin

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.
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Sebbi is one of Lord Howe Island’s new biosecurity detection dogs that will soon finish his training. Sebbi and his son Zuma will play an important role for the protection of endangered species on the island.

Cane Toad Detection

Steve’s detection dogs check Moreton Island in Queensland for cane toads!
Jennifer Johnston joined Steve on his last visit to understand what he does there.

Read this great article about the full process involved.

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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.

The Recall Assessment

Steve is one of several certified Assessors for the Canine Detection Certification Council. Five videos were filmed to demonstrate the skill level required for the assessments.

As long as your dog can perform the minimum assessments, it does not matter where your dog was trained.

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