Steve’s Professional Scent Detection Dog Trainer Course is for individuals who would like to be mentored by Steve to start their own business or add to their existing business a scent detection canine, under the mentorship of a proven world class leader in the field.

Applications can be submitted by email for consideration to become a professional Scent Detection Dog Trainer, mentored by Steve.


Mentorship under STEVE AUSTIN

Start your own business in canine scent detection; employ additional handlers; contract to other businesses; train additional dogs for your business; and train scent detection dogs for others.


Steve has proven to be highly successful in the field of canine scent detection training. His services, for the training of individual dogs for a wide range of applications, are highly sought-after. The cost to an organisation for each dog and its handler/s’ training, ranges between approximately $40000 to $60000, depending on the specific application, location and other varying factors. Whereas enrolment fee for this course is $30000 – $35000, depending on scent target. At the completion of this course, participants will each have their own certified scent detection dog ready to commence operations.

This course aims to train individuals (groups of four) to become Scent Detection Dog Trainers, through the raising and training of their own dog (from a litter to be nominated) under Steve’s instruction. On completion of the course, participants will have a trained and certified scent detection dog and the ability to train further dogs. To our knowledge, this has not been attempted anywhere in the world previously.


$30000 to $35000 (includes GST)
depending on target odour/s

This course is currently under construction and we are seeking expressions of interest from:

  1. INDIVIDUALS interested in commencing private business operations in canine scent detection – not a franchise. Individuals might be new to the industry or already have a related business where a scent detector dog will be beneficial or, have been a dog handler/trainer and are now seeking to expand their knowledge and skills.
  2. ORGANISATIONS interested in subsiding the cost of the training of scent detection dogs/handlers in the various applications, resulting in dogs being available for sub-contracting for their interests or needs. Such organisations may not have financial resources, infrastructure and officer availability to maintain their own scent detection dog programmes.
    Examples: Organisations wishing to support conservation efforts for Australian wildlife and habitat; organisations seeking to increase the pool of available scent detection dogs/handlers available for their particular interest/need.
  3. ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS interested in contracting canine scent detection teams.

What is involved 


Be mentored by a world leader in canine scent detection

From the Beginning

Steve will find you the right puppy then guide you through puppy raising and training for a professional role


For both you and your dog/s.

Become a Professional Canine Scent Detection Trainer

Train dogs for your own business and/or others

Be your own boss and love going to work with your dogs.


Participation in Steve’s mentorship programmes is on an individual application basis. Make an enquiry or apply now..

Submit Expression of interest