Detecting and Deterring Drugs in Shetland

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get.

Do you take the dogs home with you?

Off duty, the dogs are part of our families. The stronger the bond between the dog and handler, the better the working partnership is. The dogs deserve some TLC after a busy day as much as we do.

Are the dogs addicted to drugs?

The dogs are trained purely on scent and never come into direct contact with the substances. The dogs indication (how they tell us they’ve found drugs) is developed over time to make sure that they keep a safe distance between themselves and the source of the drug they are indicating on.

How do you know if a dog will be suitable?

When finding a puppy, we always choose one of good breeding and from healthy parents. With careful training, we can channel their energy into creating a search drive that will make for an excellent working dog.

As anyone who works with animals will tell you, there are no guarantees that all dogs will work. If a dog isn’t suitable for this role, they are carefully rehomed with a person or family that is suitable for the individual dog.

What happens to the dogs when they stop working?

Once we feel it’s time for our dogs to retire, they remain with their handler and enjoy a slower pace of life at home.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask, please feel free to contact us.