Despite new and ever more sophisticated technology, nothing is more
mobile, versatile, reliable or discriminating than the firearms
and explosive detector dog.
These firearms and explosive detector dogs are an essential element in the fight against urban terrorism
and organised crime. Provided clients are aware of a dog teams capabilities
and limitations, they are a cost effective and efficient asset,
regardless of task.
In the civil sector, sanitisation of routes on VIP visits is the
predominant role but every facet of anti-terrorist dog work is within
their repertoire. Needless to say, control is a major requirement
of dogs in such high pressure work.
The bulk of search dogs are drawn from the gun dog breeds, English
Springer Spaniels, Labradors (mainly black), and German Pointers
are the most popular.
Other gun dogs, Collies and German Shepherds dogs with strong retreival
instincts can also be successful, although the latter is limited
because of its guard dog image.
Search dogs require expert handling, and handlers with a military
or police background are favoured. Chilport Handler Training meets
Everywhere is a search area, from railway lines to a conference
hotel, and the search dog team must be 'Jack of all trades' and
master of every one. From the prospective clients' point of view
all search dogs should exhibit concentration, drive, determination,
control and a clear positive indication.
Agility is also a key factor except in the case of some passive
response dogs where all work is carried out on lead in public places.