Anti Poaching K9 Units


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Crime scene preservation is probably the most important aspect influencing the success and effectiveness of working dogs. Thus if lodge staff have been walking all over a crime scene, it therefore, becomes very difficult for a tracking dog to identify which scent to take. Park management, lodge managers, field guides/rangers and all resident security personal must thus be briefed and made aware in this respect. They must be taught how to approach and treat a crime scene and to understand the methods of preserving it in order to help the dog/s from becoming confused.

On the positive side, we are continually improving training methods to help others understand how to minimize this risk.


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In all instances other than Emergency Response, where we deploy immediately, the appointed K9 unit/s will request an introductory meeting with all reserve/camp managers, field guides and security personnel (unless requested not to by land owner/manager.) The aim being to discuss and lay down the ground rules necessary to maximize working synergy and assure success. That being done, our self-sufficient dog unit/s deploy to their designated area, set up camp and begin work.

When required, our units can also team up with your existing field rangers to compliment and enhance their effectiveness, part of our feedback report would detail the effectiveness of your field rangers in the field.


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Key to successful dog tracking is getting to the crime scene in time. The longer it takes the more the scent dissipates, which can be caused by a variety of reasons:

  • The hotter the day the quicker scents evaporate
  • Rain washes scent away – the heavier the quicker
  • Open ground and road surfaces leave weaker scent trails, often lasting less than a few hours.
Conversely cool overcast days benefit tracking, usually extending the potential of success by several hours. Older, more experienced dogs are also often better at picking up weakened scents, especially those of long-dead carcasses and related residuals. Generally, though, time is of the essence. The fresher the scent the keener the dog and this motivation is clearly evident to their handler.


In accordance with the seriousness of our work, K9 Conservation conforms fully with all necessary legal requirements, including the erection of the required warning signage on property entrances and perimeter fences and any fixed and mobile kennels. To be legally compliant, dog handlers must be registered as 'patrol dog handlers' with PSIRA minimum grade C, to do so the dogs and their handlers need to be qualified in the following categories:

Protection dog DH1 & DH2
  • Care of a service dog
  • Handle a trained service dog to deter crime
Patrol dog DH3 & DH4
  • Care of a service dog
  • Handle a trained service dog to deter crime
  • Handle a patrol dog to assist in searching for and the apprehension of a suspect


Whatever your problem, K9 Conservation has a deployment option to meet your specific needs, plus the flexibility to adapt to anything you may throw at us. Note that, after receiving and digesting your brief, our quotations are worked out according to location, expected duration of stay, work frequency and other interrelated factors. Thus each quote is as unique as each job and there are neither set nor sliding fees. Our standard deployment options are as follows:

  1. Full-time: permanently based on the property
  2. Contractual: an agreed fixed term period
  3. Snare sweeps on a once off or regular basis
  4. Emergency response: rapid deployment


Other than swimming in croc-infested rivers, the K9 unit can and does operate successfully in any terrain. Most times our dogs remain on the lead, although working off-lead in dense bush is essential. Especially, when tracking a dangerous wounded animal in thick undergrowth, a lead can become tangled and place both dog and handler in a perilous situation.

Being off-leas frees the dog to take evasive action if attacked, which also tends to draw the danger away from the handler. The dogs are also trained to travel in helicopters and boats should the need arise.