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Drug Detection Dog

A drug detection dog is trained to indicate in the presence of banned substances, such as narcotics.  There are two main methods of search, pro-active (where the dog will hunt for the find) and passive (where a controlled sit/stand gives indication), VCS were at the forefront of the delivery of dual-purpose passive/proactive detection dogs, see here for more details.

We can train our dogs to detect a variety of drugs and controlled subjects, including cocaine, crack, heroin, cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamine, LSD and barbiturates.

As a Home Office Licensed establishment we are able to train our drug detection (DD) dogs on live samples as well as wrappers, soaks and synthetics.  

It is also important for DD dogs to have the correct temperament to work in the chosen environment, for instance a calm dog would be better suited to passive work in an airport passenger lounge.

The following breeds are especially suitable to be drug detection dogs: English Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Labrador and German Shorthaired Pointers.   These breeds have good blends of energy, agility, control and concentration to be effective drug detection dogs.