THE STORY SO FAR...
Starting off as a kennel assistant in a renowned specialist detection dog company, Rachael soon progressed to training and handling within the company.
She was fortunate enough to train and handle a variety of dogs of varying temperaments and in a multitude of disciplines, including explosives, tobacco, cash, quarantine, smuggled animals and conservation.
During this time, she was one of only two individuals (the other being Aran Clyne) who trained Rocky, 'the world's first scientifically proven great crested newt detection dog'.
Rocky was then quickly followed by Arnie, who went through the same vigorous testing.
Rachael and Aran together have trained and produced many dogs that are now successfully operational in various disciplines. These included conservation dogs who detect ivory, cheetah skin, pangolin scales, pine martin scat, bat and bird carcass, GCN, live animals and meat.
Having surveyed well in excess of 600 turbines for a multitude of clients, and having located over 100 bat and bird carcasses in varying stages of decomposition, in a range of tricky and challenging vegetation, Paws For Conservation is extremely experienced in this field of dog handling and detection.
This area of work is definitely a team effort. Dogs may show subtle changes in behaviour that may not be noticeable to an inexperienced handler, as opposed to a clear indication. This is why it is important to be in tune with your dogs... there will always be something new to learn.
You are a team.