K9 Dog Handling Courses

K9 Conservation Courses:

  • DH 1 – 3 – 15 DAYS
  • DH 1 – 4 – 45 DAYS
  • DH 1 – 5 – 60 DAYS

15 day course:

  • Care for a service dog Unit standard 243188
  • Supervise kennel Practices Unit standard 243196
  • Handle a trained service dog to deter 2crime Unit standard 243190
  • Transfer from OR Tambo international 2Airport on the course starting date
  • Facilitators and training, assessment and 2moderation
  • All training manuals and material 2included
  • All activities
  • Bush Walks
  • 2 x sets of T-shirts
  • Tea & Coffee

45 day course:

  • Care for a service dog Unit standard 243188
  • Supervise kennel Practices Unit standard 243196
  • Handle a trained service dog to deter crime Unit standard 243190
  • Handle a patrol dog to assist in searching for and apprehension of a suspect Unit standard 120463
  • Transfer from OR Tambo international Airport on the course starting date
  • Facilitators and training, assessment and moderation
  • All training manuals and material included
  • All activities
  • Bush Walks
  • 2 x sets of T-shirts
  • Tea & Coffee

60 day course:

  • Care for a service dog Unit standard 243188
  • Supervise kennel Practices Unit standard 243196
  • Handle a trained service dog to deter crime 243190
  • Handle a patrol dog to assist in searching for and apprehension of a suspect Unit standard 120463
  • Option A Utilise a tracker dog to follow a human scent trail Unit standard 120456 or
  • Option B Handle a trained sniffer dog to assist in the detection of substances Unit standard 120461
  • Transfer from OR Tambo international Airport on the course starting date
  • Instructors and training, assessment and moderation
  • All training manuals and material included
  • All activities
  • Bush Walks
  • 2 x sets of T-shirts
  • Tea & Coffee

Medical Information:

PLEASE NOTE THAT K9 CONSERVATION IS NOT QUALIFIED TO GIVE OUT HUMAN MEDICAL ADVICE.

  • Malaria:
  • The surrounding areas are malarial so we recommend you take prophylactics. Consult your GP for guidance. The campus is in a malarial area.

  • Physical fitness:
  • The physical aspects are not overly challenging, but a reasonable level of fitness is recommended as the weather can be extremely humid and you will be working outside most of the time.



    K9 Conservation’s Aims

    During the years of operation we have found there to be a lack of professionally trained staff that have Dog Handling experience and the relevant qualifications as well as ‘bush’ and anti poaching working experience. We have either found anti poaching staff with all the training and working experience BUT no dog handling experience or Dog Handlers that only have urban work experience and no bush experience. To bridge this gap we have decided to start this course in order to give the necessary training to perspective anti poaching staff that wish to use K9’s with conservation work and the tracking and apprehension of poaching suspects. Should you wish to peruse other K9 Handling jobs this qualification if valid for various fields and the qualification is recognised Internationally.

    This course will give you an internationally recognised qualification through the completing of Sasseta accredited training material, students will be required to complete SAQA (South African qualifications authority registered unit standards allowing you to handle a working service dog see course details bellow).

    The course includes a high level of practical exercises and allot of walking, you will learn basic survival skills in the bush and how to conduct visual tracking yourself with scent tracking/indication with one of six course dogs, training with your own dog can be discussed and arranged, the course is centred around working dogs and counter poaching tactics and operations. Students will be exposed to and experience the damage that snares and other illegal animal traps can do to wildlife you will be able to assist in the removal of illegal animal traps snares.

    Please take note that students will not be allowed to partake in security related functions and only qualified K9 Conservation staff may perform a security function.

    All training and practicals are done in the African bush amongst wild animals. Students will be privileged in being able to traverse on various different game reserves in the Limpopo province as part of our practical training programme. For your protection against potentially dangerous animals, Students will be accompanied by an armed facilitator/trainer whilst out on practical exercises in the bush.

    This course will provide u with a qualification, give you an amazing experience and sound knowledge to handle a working service dog, as well as tips on how to survive in the bush and an extreme African Adventure in South Africa amongst the African wildlife.


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    What to Bring!


    • Good Walking boots - run in is essential for everyday use. Boots must be brown or khaki ankle boots as uniform. No flip flops or slops, only during off times.
    • Olive green/natural bush coloured shorts, pants & socks
    • Long sleeve trousers and shirt
    • Belt brown/natural colour and strong
    • Fleece and/or warm jumpers, hat and gloves (African winter months only, May to August). Need to be olive green or Khaki for use with uniform.
    • Sun Hat The sun is very strong
    • Sun Glasses - A GOOD quality pair of sunglasses is essential.
    • Towels
    • Torch/Flashlight or head torch
    • A day-pack/rucksack and a water bladder that can carry at least 2lt.
    • Sun Cream
    • Insect Repellent
    • Swimming Costume
    • Water bottle
    • Stationery st
    • Waterproofs/windproof Poncho
    • Mosquito Net
    • Malaria Tablets - Please consult your doctor, pharmacy or travel clinic for recommended prophylactics.

    K9 Conservation will ensure and cover the cost of the following:


  • Accommodation – At OppiKoppi, Liverpool
  • It is a fantastic central location in a beautiful setting and environment that offers spectacular views on the Drakensberg Mountains and is close to the world renowned Kruger National Park and other tourist attractions such at Blyde River Canyon, Marieoskop, Blyde Dam and many private game reserves….

    We will offer basic accommodation, with communal bathrooms, boma & kennel facility/classroom facilities. As students, you will be in comfortable rooms with electricity and fans for those hot summer months. Accommodation is shared and where possible, we will try to keep rooms single sexes however this cannot be guaranteed and is dependent on ratios on the course. Students will share an ablution facility near to the rooms. It is the student’s responsibility to keep their room’s clean and tidy at all times. You are welcome to bring a mosquito net if you chose to.

  • All Meals
  • Two cooked meals are served daily – usually at 11am and 6pm, depending on the activities for that day.

    Possible work opportunities after the course


    It needs to be highlighted that students will only gain a possible placement or job opportunity if they pass the minimum qualifications and if K9 Conservation or any other Anti Poaching company has an opening at any of their contracts. Due to the Private Security industry related authority PSIRA international students will not be able to work in the private security sector in South Africa as they would need to have permanent residency in SA to be registered onto the PSIRA Data base, international students

    Our aim
    "Ensuring the protection of Africa’s threatened wildlife and the Conservation of their habitats."

    What we do?
    Employing extensive in-the-field experience, K9 Conservation provides logistical backup and support to conservation areas and game parks through the deployment of elite, highly trained and specialized, working dog units.

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    Contact us

    Director: Conraad de Rosner
    Contact: +27 83 232 6848
    E-Mail:   k9.conservation@gmail.com

    Dog Handling course inquiries:
    Contact:   +27 73 809 8285
    E-Mail:  k9.conservationTraining@gmail.com

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