K9 Koala Dog Training A Barking Sucess!

In February 2017, Steve was thrilled to provide his expertise to the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council for their pilot project “Training Dogs To Live With Koalas”.We have to look after our iconic Koala so it is important we teach our dogs how to live with...

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...

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...

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...

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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