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Training explosives and narcotics detection dogs

In comparison, humans have about 5 million cells for smelling, dogs have between 125 and 300 million. Just as we humans can hear stereo and determine the direction of sound by turning our heads, a dog can smell stereo because of the differences between the right and left nasal cavities.

Detection dogs are deployed for detecting odors. A dog can be trained for this in various disciplines, so that each dog eventually develops its own specialty.

At Unit9 we specialize in training dogs to become tracking dogs. We train untrained and unexperienced dogs, the so-called “green” dogs, to recognize and detect the smells associated with explosives and narcotics. Human odor and animal odor are also part of our expertise. For example, for detecting specific animal species in the fight against poaching.


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Unit9: K9 dog training

Before a dog is ready to be employed as a detection dog, extensive training is essential. Unit9 facilitates such dog training. Dogs of all ages come to us, from junior to senior. If it appears that the dog is suitable for participation in the training, an extensive training schedule starts. After completing the full training program, the detection dog is ready for operational deployment

Our K9 dog trainers

Our team of dog trainers is made up of skilled, passionate dog handlers who have extensive operational experience and often a military background. The latter is of great value for learning to work with explosives detection dogs.

Our dog trainers have operational experiences in the Netherlands and abroad and therefore know better than anyone what will be asked of the detections dogs in operational situations.