Border Force Detector Dogs

INTRODUCTION

About Border Force Detector Dogs

Border Force Detector Dogs are a specialist canine resource working to help keep the UK safe, by detecting illicit goods from entering the UK.

The team is made up of a central unit which provides advice, dog and handler training and practical support to 8 regional dog units based across the UK comprising a total of 70 dogs and 95 staff.

We are nationally and internationally recognised for our work in areas such as currency detection, document detection, and kennel enrichment.

ANIMAL WELFARE

How they’re looked after

  • 24 hour on call veterinary care
  • All dogs fully immunised against disease, worms and parasites
  • 6 month full veterinary ‘MOT’s’ for all dogs
  • Excellent working relationships with external vets
  • 2 hours Clean, Feed and Exercise time allocated to each dog daily
  • Top class kennelling kept to immaculate condition
  • Externally trained dog groomers within each unit
  • Kennel support staff involved in dog obedience training with handlers
  • Regular behaviour, weight and sociability monitoring
ANIMAL WELFARE

How they’re looked after

  • 24 hour on call veterinary care
  • All dogs fully immunised against disease, worms and parasites
  • 6 month full veterinary ‘MOT’s’ for all dogs
  • Excellent working relationships with external vets
  • 2 hours Clean, Feed and Exercise time allocated to each dog daily
  • Top class kennelling kept to immaculate condition
  • Externally trained dog groomers within each unit
  • Kennel support staff involved in dog obedience training with handlers
  • Regular behaviour, weight and sociability monitoring
INSIGHT

Detector Dog Training

It takes on average 3 months to train a new recruit on how to be a search dog.

Training is conducted by experienced Border Force staff.

When they start with Border Force, the dogs are aged between 1-2 years. They retire between 7-8 years old and usually go home to live with their handler.

Once the dog is trained, it is paired with a handler for a further 13 weeks training so that it gets used to searching for what it has  been trained on, in a ‘live’ environment.

All handlers undergo specialist training as required such as Sea Survival / Firearms / dangerous dogs / Health and Safety courses / Ship & Vehicle rummage.

CONTACT US

Would you like to get involved, or find out more?

We would not be able to do what we do without our army of wonderful volunteers. If you feel you would like to help us in any capacity, whether it be administration or fundraising, please do get in touch using the form below.

Likewise, if you have something you'd like to ask us, please do so using the form below.