Our Dogs And Their Intense Instincts

Ongoing research has determined the efficiency of using canine search teams screening. Our searches have shown success to applied airborne sampling methods used to detect minute traces of illicit substances.

High-tech solutions have been proposed to scan items by x-rays or mechanical trace detection devices, but these solutions cost millions of dollars per installation. If it is possible, to sample the interior of cargo containers for trace explosives without opening them, then the cost could be only thousands of dollars, not millions, per instrument.

A single individual using a trained detection dog would be conceivable to test many items for trace explosives in a given workday.

Our Detection Dogs are Extraordinary​

Our dogs work for the love of reward; in fact, we have established a perpetual rewarding system that enables the dogs to work longer. Not only are our systems innovative, but they are also supported by the selection of an extraordinary type of dog or perhaps the word behaviour is more appropriate. We are an equal opportunity employer and that does stop with our handlers.

We have no breed specific criteria, providing they meet the Detector Dog Australia criteria then they will join our team.

All of our dogs have been meticulously selected to meet the required criteria expected from our clients, that is passive, non-obtrusive and full of energy to function effortlessly. Detector Dogs Australia utilises multiple odour suppliers from around the World on top of real materials to ensure reliability.

Our Detection Dogs are Extraordinary​

What Makes An Extraordinary Detection Dog?

The selection of a detection dog is one of the most critical aspects of successful detection. The degree of success we achieve in searching is not only related to the effectiveness of the training method we adopt but is very much reliant upon the quality of dog we select. A good detection dog must be gentle with people and possess a powerful urge to chase, play with and carry objects, with vitality and intensity and is able to deal with aversives. The intensity of which a dog chases the ball or tug is essential. However, it’s the determination of which the dog clamps down with his mouth, holds and resists in giving up the desirable object that is also important.

This chasing and playing with must be applicable in multiple environments and under distractions. Dogs that are easily distracted while playing with a ball may not make an excellent detection dog.

Behaviourists know this behaviour all too well as it is more closely related to hunting than it is to play. This motivation cannot be created where it does not exist, and it is inherited from the dog’s parents and ancestors. This instinct is called “prey drive”, and it is prevalent in all great working dogs. Working dog behaviour is goal motivated behaviour; this is the fundamental principal uniting all dogs that work. A dog performs to gain some necessary drive or instinct fulfilment. In this case “Prey Instinct”.

The Canine Nose

The dog’s nose consists of a bony nasal cavity that is divided into two separate chambers by a bony and cartilaginous nasal septum. Within each of the cavities are the turbinate bones (conchae) and the paranasal sinuses.

The turbinate bones form into several scrolls of moveable cartilage and bony tissue that is lined with ciliated epithelial cells. The turbinate bones are a veritable maze of structure, and locating a foreign body hidden in their depths can be an extremely frustrating undertaking a procedure that almost always requires general anaesthesia.

The nose opens to the exterior via two external “nares” or nostrils, and the ethmoid bone marks the posterior aspect of the nose.

The paranasal sinuses are extensions of the nasal cavity, and various diseases or tumours may impair their drainage (especially of the frontal sinuses). When the dog sniffs, there is forced inspiration, and the nostrils are dilated. The inspired air is warmed and humidified as it passes through the turbinates, and the mucous layer that lines the air passages serves as a filter to trap bacteria and particulate matter.

Our Specialists

Commencing in 2000, we have allocated years at the refinement of our systems and deployment strategies. Our team members are not merely dog handlers they are expert and successful dog trainers in their own right, and their talents are utilised in Detector Dogs Australia.

Individual and team training is ongoing, particularly in developing and research into new and innovative ways to deploy, keeping up to date with current possible IED diversity.

If you wish to visit our training facility to experience the Detector Dog Australia difference, please contact us personally to discuss your clearance and attendance.

Industry Standards and Beyond

The role of detection dogs in helping protect Australia is becoming increasingly important. Increase in population and productivity is on the rise, therefore, increasing the pressure on existing strategies and detection technologies. Detector dogs are fast, versatile and mobile detection technology that can screen across a range of environments.

Therefore, detector dogs are the way of the future and play an essential role in strengthening Australia’s screening systems in response to a growing threat.

The World has acknowledged the benefits in canine screening and is the most sought after screening mechanism available. The American Detector standards have been the universal choice around the World. There are no official standards regarding explosive detection dogs in Australia. Detector Dogs Australia, therefore, adopts USA standards as a minimum to maintain International competency.

Detector Dogs Australia exceeds the International requirements and has taken our roles in this industry very seriously. The only reliable component to quality results is a quality animal that has an equally viable support and training system.

Detector Dogs Australia also utilises odours from multiple global suppliers from USA, Russia and Europe to ensure excellent coverage of all odours available.

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