Canine Scent Detection



Demands for conservation detection dogs are increasing so it is imperative to establish a minimum standard at which a detection dog is expected to deliver.


K9  Conservation Certification Council


The K9 Conservation Certification Council has been created to establish a benchmark of performance minimum so that government departments, private organisations, and handlers can be readily identified as being assessed and proficient in their target odour(s).

A high standard of control of the detection dog working in the field, increases efficiency but more importantly, adds to the protection of our native species, particularly important when working around endangered species.     

Steve is one of several certified Assessors for the K9 Conservation Certification Council. The five videos below show an assessment Steve conducted for a new handler and dog. As long as your dog can perform the minimum assessments, it does not matter where your dog was trained.

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Steve finds working with dogs for the purposes of conservation of species to be very rewarding as a dogs scent achieves incredible results in a very quick timeframe that leads to solutions and information to help save endangered species.

According to the IUCN Red List of endangered species, Australia has 86 animal species that are considered ‘critically endangered’. This list includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, fish, molluscs and echinoderms. Steve’s list of species his dogs detect is growing more and more and he welcomes your enquiry to discuss your specific needs to locate species.

Steve’s dogs are also contracted to work in programs to combat invasive, noxious weeds, and conducting surveys or research.

Steve’s training techniques are refined specifically to the species, the dog and the habitat.  This ensures that all species remain undisturbed in their natural habitat.  For many years dogs have been banned from entering a National Park. However Steve’s expertise and control of his dogs allows him to work in these sensitive environments with minimal impact on the wildlife or habitat.

Steve’s conservation services see him working with various government departments, Parks & Wildlife, conservation groups, councils, wildlife sanctuaries and zoos.

As well as providing these services with his dogs, Steve trains handlers and can also provide dogs that are already trained for your specific needs.

Upcoming courses or workshops

Accreditation and Validation

  • Are you a handler of a working dog?
  • Are you in a team of dog handlers?
  • Or are you about to engage some dog handlers?

A very important aspect of handling a working dog is consistency. Evaluation of the dog and the handler on a regular basis ensures standards are maintained. This is particularly important when a new handler is required to work with an existing working dog.

In a time frame that suits you, Steve will travel to your site to evaluate and validate your handlers, and if necessary, provide additional training.

Steve can also provide your organisation or company with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure your methodology and systems for your working dogs are maintained.

Ask Steve for more information.

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