In 2009 Janet Williams was invited to attend the SWGDOG Conference in Tampa, Florida (Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines). This group of international experts set about establishing best practices for detection teams to improve interdiction efforts as well as courtroom acceptance of dog indication evidence by improving the consistency and performance of deployed detector dogs.
Our standards and certification processes are based on these best practice guidelines – which we were proud to have contributed to.
Through our accreditation and proficiency testing services we hope to assist other serious operators of detector dogs set similarly high standards of proficiency and care which define and set the standards for their industry increasing credibility and client confidence in the use of their detector dog teams.
New Zealand is in the infancy of private detector dog operations and has a unique opportunity to set and maintain high quality standards in order to provide and promote confidence in the use of detector dogs as a reliable and accurate detection tool.
New Zealand Detector Dogs carries out annual validation testing by qualified assessors. The tests carried out meet international guidelines for specialist scent detector dogs and is the highest possible level achievable in New Zealand at present. There is no other company in New Zealand that matches our standards.