Specialist K9 Detection Consultancy

Scent Detector Dogs

Detector Dogs are a proven tool in areas where screening, detection, prevention and risk assessment are a high priority.

Throughout the world dogs are the first step where the identification of risk is required. This is why they are used in the frontline of many organisations such as the Police, Military, Biosecurity and Customs.

Our professional and highly experience handlers and K9 trainers are considered experts in the field of scent detector dogs.  Having been trainers and handlers  in government agencies such as the Police, Biosecurity, Ministry of Fisheries as well as for Explosives Detection in the Cruise Ship Industry – you will not find a  private company with more expertise than NZ Detector Dogs in New Zealand.

The services of NZ Detector Dogs are sough after both in New Zealand and also internationally both in the private and government sectors due to the extensive and proven expertise in a specialised field of scent detection.  Overseas government agencies seek the expertise of NZ Detector Dogs in establishing new detector dog programmes and also for the improvement of existing programmes and for trainining the trainers.



We Specialise in Workplace Drug Screening

Drugs in the workplace are a serious concern for employers and companies.

Drugs are a recognised hazard in workplaces and under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSW Act 2015) employers have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of employees while they are at work.

NZ Detector Dogs saw there was a need for businesses, companies and organisations to quickly and effectively identify drug hazards and drug risks in their operations, in a way that was able to target risk in a timely manner, minimise downtime while doing so and making it more cost effective to manage that risk.  Screening with a drug dog is fast and enables only those who smell of drugs to be drug tested rather than just a random selection of people whose names are pulled out of a hat.   In most instances, those who smell of drugs are more likely to be in contact with drugs than those who don’t.  It’s just common sense.

That’s not all we Specialise in….

The experienced team of trainers and handlers at NZ Detector Dogs have set up an Explosives Detector Dog screening programme for the international cruise ship industry in New Zealand for the safety of crew and passengers as well as having experience in training dogs for biosecurity functions, anti-poaching  and a range of other specialised roles.

The expertise of the team in setting up new detector dog programmes and the management of detector dog programmes is sought after both here in NZ as well as from overseas agencies with requests to train trainers, establish new government agency programmes and also for private enterprise wishing to explore the viability of new detector dog disciplines.


Specialist K9 Screening and Detection Services

New Zealand Detector Dogs can assist businesses and organisations with specialist K9 screening and detection services by:

Providing trained K9 detection teams for screening and detection purposes. (primarily drug dog)
Evaluating the needs of an organisation requiring a screening or detection capability and providing a range of options to meet client needs to provide complete solutions to detection problems.
Conduct K9 based research and development projects for screening, detection, intelligence gathering, risk assessment or research purposes.

Some of the types of odours we can train specialist detector dogs to detect:

Biosecurity risk (fruit, meat, plant, animal products)
Live animals (pests or illegally smuggled species)
CITES products (endangered species and products)
Paua /truffles and other commercially valuable products

What and where we screen:

Our drug dog teams can screen offices, apartments, schools, residential facilities, warehouses, worksites, vehicles, locker rooms and outdoor environments or vessels. They can also work at border crossings, either local or international screening bags, parcels, cargo or people depending on the legislation they are deployed under.

Effective And Efficient

Our drug dogs are a very effective tool for companies that operate large vehicles, heavy machinery or have environments where staff safety is paramount. The dogs are able to indicate actual or recent presence of illegal drugs such as cannabis and methamphetamine in areas such as vehicles, trucks, offices, locker rooms, warehouses and outdoor environments, with minimal disruption.

In addition to their detection capabilities the drug dogs present a high profile deterrent to staff which sends a clear message that drugs will not be tolerated in your worksites, enabling companies to be proactive as opposed to reactive.

This approach goes a long way in reducing worksite incidents and accidents that may be attributed to drug possession and use and may enhance a company’s reputation for safety .

We offer a cost competitive and effective solution to companies who want to keep drugs out of their work environment and culture.

“I have engaged Janet Williams of NZ Detector Dog Services Ltd to provide drug dog services to our site. I have been most impressed with Janet’s professionalism and the standard of training that her dogs have received. With Janet’s professional approach her and her dogs are well respected by our staff when she visits our site and they are certainly a key business partner in helping to make our workplace safer. I would have no hesitation in recommending Janet, and her Company’s services to any other parties.”

Karl Pointon – Manager Human Resources, Tasti Products Limited