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.
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.
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.
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.