Cane Toad Detection

Twice a year since 2013, Steve Austin goes to Moreton Island with his dogs to undertake cane toad detection. Moreton Island is located 40 kilometres offshore from Brisbane and is a 37km long sand island that covers 17,700 hectares. This beautiful tropical...

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A unique moment in the field with 2 detection dogs

It is very unusual for two detection dogs to indicate on the same target odour at the same time! But that is exactly what happened when Ryan Tate from Tate Animals joined Hillary Cherry from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage at Kosciuszko National Park....

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Observations from a Detection Dog Handler

Around 2 years ago, I trained an English Springer Spaniel for Olivia Woosnam from OWAD Environment.  The task was to have Taz trained as a Koala detection dog. Olivia had done some dog handling previously however it was still imperative for me to train her...

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A well-trained detection dog at work

This is how a well trained detection dog performs. He doesn’t need ongoing commands, or a handler to show him where to look, he’s not held back by a handler’s limited beliefs of where the scent is, he just knows what he has to do to get that ball! Notice that this dog...

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Cane Toad Detection on Moreton Island

This week I have been at Moreton Island, Queensland with two of my conservation detection dogs Tommy and Emma. It's school holidays here and Tangalooma Resort and the island is filled with holiday makers. Our target scent is cane toads. Cane toads became pests after...

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Steve Austin’s Book Now On Sale

Finally, my book is now available to buy!  You can get it both in hardcover and ebook. It was great writing this as it gave me a wonderful trip down memory lane thinking about the incredible dogs I have trained, amazing people I have met and worked with, and some...

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Dottie is helping to save mountain pygmy possums

ABC Rural news recently posted a great article about Dottie.  She is a dog that I trained for the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and her work is helping to save several endangered species like  endangered Mountain Pygmy Possums. ABC and Gregory Andrews, our...

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New Weapon to Fight Graffiti for NSW Trains

My working English Springer Spaniel is the newest weapon for NSW Trains to help combat the fight against vandals who graffiti trains. It's great when someone asks me "can your dog find this scent"? As long as I can get the scent the answer is always yes. So when I was...

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Steve meets with the Threatened Species Commissioner

I recently met up with Gregory Andrews, Australia's Threatened Species Commissioner in Canberra. It was an excellent meeting with Gregory and Rob Quinn discussing the major tasks ahead to save our threatened species.  Recognising how effective and vital wildlife...

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Detection Dogs on Australia Post Stamps

Australia Post has just announced a whole new series of stamps to honour the dogs that worked on the huge project to eradicate feral animals from Macquarie Island. We had an enormous task...

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Bettongs trial at Mulligans Flat Sanctuary – Canberra

I was recently asked to take two of my best dogs to Canberra's north to work with rangers at the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. The rangers needed to trial the use of dogs to hunt down a nest of feral rabbits.  The beautiful sanctuary was successful in eliminating...

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Dog Lovers Cruise 2015

Steve and Vicki Austin are once again guest speakers on the Dog Lovers Cruise for 2015. Cruise aboard Royal Carribbean's (USA) "Explorer of the Seas" for 14 nights to New Zealand! We'll see beautiful places including Bay of Islands, Wellington, Dunedin, and cruise...

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A world first!

This excellent ABC Landline report was aired last night and is a must watch! It clearly shows the enormity of the job completed at Macquarie Island over the last 7 years to make it rabbit free! And now the island has been declared rabbit free, rat free, mouse...

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Huge event and fundraiser Brisbane

Ok Brisbane, here were come! Working Dogs In The Field is our exciting project for Vicki and I which we have launched as a fundraiser for Young Diggers and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. We hope you can join us. On 27th and 28th September at Dayboro (north side...

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2 new dogs for Young Diggers

The Sutherland Shire Leader newspaper ran this story recently with myself, Lisa Wray from the Sutherland Animal Shelter, and 2 rescue dogs we trained for the Young Diggers program. Prince and Sunny will be companion dogs for returned soldiers and can even wake their...

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TACTIC workshop at Taronga

I am thrilled to be presenting at the TACTIC workshop at Taronga Zoo on 19th-23rd October. Full details are still being confirmed but the workshop is open to all in the animal care and training industry. You will learn new training and conditioning skills plus network...

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