Drugs, Weapons & Cash Detection Dogs

We are a security company experienced in providing highly trained and licenced Search & Detection dog units in Stafford for organisations operating in a wide range of sectors.

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Drugs, Weapons & Cash Detection Dogs.

Here at County, we have a wealth of experience providing Search Dog Security Services in Stafford. Our Search Dog services teams cover a wide range of search principles including Drugs, Explosives, Cash, Tobacco, Firearms & Pyrotechnic. Whatever your search dog requirements, we have a bespoke solution for you.

Our Search & Detection Dogs also known as Sniffer Dogs, are trained and licenced in accordance with NASDU Standards and comply to BS8517-2 Standards. Furthermore, our Ex-Police & Military training team ensure that our Search Dogs and Handlers are trained to the very highest standards.

Our Search Dogs Stafford are deployed to a wide range of clients including in the Education Sector, Public Sector, NHS & Medical Services, Sporting Events, Music Venues, Construction Industry and many more.

If our Search Dog services would be of benefit to you, please get in touch with us today by calling 01355 906300 alternatively by completing our free, no-obligation ‘contact form’.

Search dogs or sniffer dogs are useful and offer a unique perspective when used for security purposes. As humans, we perceive life predominantly through sight, whereas dogs rely on their sense of smell to interpret their environment. A search dog’s sense of smell can be up to forty times greater than the average human, opening up opportunities for searching and tracking. Not only this, but security dogs have better hearing, often locking onto sounds from a greater distance.

Commonly used to locate and find specific items or substances, search dogs are useful in niche scenarios. We work with our clients to ensure they receive the best search dog or detection dog based on their criteria. This can include drug, explosive as well as pyrotechnic detection. In addition to search and detection dogs, we also provide K9 security services which are a highly effective deterrent.

A search dog or sniffer dog is trained to not only locate, but also taught to alert the dog handler to any banned substances.

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Our Search Dogs are trained to locate, Drugs, Explosives, Cash, Firearms, Tobacco & Pyrotechnic.

Deterring Activity

It has been proven in recent studies that deploying search dogs to venues deters criminal activity as criminals are aware that a Search Dog will indicate on the substance.

Service Delivery

County provide our Search Dogs across the UK for any assignment. We are able to deploy within 60 minutes from instruction to ensure your service requirement is met.

Detection Dogs FAQs

Renowned for their superior sense of smell, dogs have been used throughout history by humans for their sniffing prowess. To this day, they are still used for hunting rabbits and foxes, and they’ve also been deployed historically to help police track down persons who are either on the run or missing.

These days, detection dogs are trained to identify a wide range of items and substances for security purposes. They are commonly used to detect: explosives, drugs, tobacco, firearms, money, human remains/human traces, and even invasive species.

Unsurprisingly, detection dogs have absolutely no interest in the drugs themselves. What they are actually looking for is their favourite toy or treat, as the dog will receive a reward when it displays any form of recognition of the target scent. As the dog becomes better at detecting a certain smell, the reward will only be given when the dog responds with the correct reaction (e.g. sit, stand, stare, down, bark, etc…).

Remember that if a detection dog is sniffing near you, it is just looking for its toy and wanting to be a good dog. The dog will not attack or hurt the person, as it is not trained to give this response.

Detection dogs are highly effective and offer a unique perspective when used for security purposes or as part of police work. Humans rely predominantly on site, whereas dogs rely on their sense of smell to interpret their environment. A search dog’s sense of smell is at least 10000 times greater than the average human, opening up countless opportunities for searching and tracking.

On top of this, detection dogs can also search an area four times faster than a human can (and with greater accuracy too!). So when it comes to search and detection, humans are no match for a trained detection dog.

Detection dogs are the most effective way of quickly searching a person or an area for illegal drugs. They can be trained to detect almost any drug, but some of the more common ones searched for and found are:

Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Crystal Meth, MDMA, Xanax, Adderall, Opiods, Opiates, K2 (also known as spice), Fentanyl

If you’ve attended a festival before, or been to an airport, or anywhere else with a large crowd, chances are you will have encountered a detection dog at some point before. They might have made you nervous if you aren’t confident around animals, or if they sniffed you and you didn’t know how to act.

If you are approached by a detection dog, the best thing you can do is stand still and wait patiently until the dog has done it’s job. As long as you’re not holding anything that you shouldn’t be, the detection dog will not bother you and you can continue happily with your day.

If the detection dog sits down next to you, there may be an indication that it has smelt drugs. This does not mean that you should immediately panic – Wait for further instruction by the dog handler as they may want to search you. Again, as long as you have nothing to hide, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

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