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.
For the first time in Australia, Steve and Vicki Austin are launching a new dog training portal for many aspects of professional dog training!
By utilising all methods of technology available today, individuals around the country will have the opportunity to train directly with Steve and Vicki.
Courses include: Canine Scent Detection, Luring Workshop, Puppy Raising, Puppy Instructors and more. www.austinsdogtrainingeducation.com.au
You can now book in with Steve
for a phone consultation.
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 Plains-wanderer are small quail-like birds about 12-15 cm tall and they are critically endangered. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has a national recovery project to save these birds from extinction. And Molly is going to help!
Steve is training 11 month old Molly on the odour of Plains-wanderer feathers and scats to help locate this bird.
This is the start of her training. Molly has to locate odour of a feather that is half the size of a thumbnail, and a scat the size of a grain of rice. Sound hard? Not for Molly!