Sebbi and Zuma Biosecurity Dogs Now working on on Lord Howe Island In the field with
Bunya

saving the black tailed
Antechinus

Springbrook National Park
Statement Of Attainment in dog training next course starts 18 October 2017 Book Now At TAFE
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with Steve and Vicki Austin

Project consulting for conservation detection, security,

anti-poaching and more.

 

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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

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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Pioneering Techniques

Steve has successfully completed many firsts for Australia when it comes to training a dog to locate a new target odour.  His innate ability to discover new methods of teaching a dog how to find a difficult odour is incredible.  

If you need a solution to locate or detect a target odour, that you think may be unique, contact Steve and determine how to get a pilot project started.  Steve can also work as a consultant, project manage even if you are not based in Australia.

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.

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.


Steve Uses And Recommends:
The Trainers Pouch.  It is a flexible and washable pouch made with the best silicone reinforcement treat pouch that is absolutely perfect for dog training.
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Lord Howe Island Gets Detection Dogs

Steve Austin trained two working English Springer Spaniels – Zuma and Sebbi for biosecurity and rodent detection specifically for the world heritage listed Lord Howe Island.

This is one of the first videos after arriving on the island that shows Sebbi with Tim Solomon one of the new detection dog handlers on the island. Tim is working Sebbi to locate rodent.

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