Rachael Flavell's journey into the world of detection dogs began as a kennel assistant at a renowned specialist detection dog company. With dedication and passion, Rachael quickly advanced to training and handling roles within the organisation.
She was fortunate enough to train and handle a multitude of dogs across various disciplines, including explosives, tobacco, cash, quarantine, smuggled animals, and conservation. This diverse exposure provided Rachael with invaluable insights and hands-on experience in understanding the intricacies of detection dog work.
During this time Rachael, alongside fellow dog handler and trainer, Aran Clyne were involved in training Rocky, hailed as 'the world's first scientifically proven Great Crested Newt detection dog'
This innovative achievement was a testament to Rachael and Aran's expertise and dedication to pushing the boundaries of detection dog capabilities.
Reflecting on her journey, Rachael emphasises the importance of teamwork in detection dog work. She acknowledges that to truly work effectively there needs to be a symbiotic relationship between handler and dog, with subtle behavioural cues often serving as crucial indicators.
At Paws for Conservation, we remain committed to pushing boundaries, exploring new possibilities, and making a positive impact in wildlife conservation and detection dog work.
"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.
Paws For Conservation boasts extensive expertise in dog handling and detection, cultivated over years of dedicated experience. Rachael, alongside Aran, have excelled in training, producing, and handling dogs to exceptional standards across a wide spectrum of specialties, including:
Our extensive experience spans over 20 years combined. During the first three years as Paws for Conservation, we conducted over 2000 surveys, solidifying our reputation as one of the most experienced and trusted entities in the field of operational work and training.
At Paws for Conservation, our commitment to excellence and innovation drives us to continually push boundaries and make meaningful contributions to wildlife conservation and detection dog work.
"BSG Ecology has worked with Rachael Flavell and Aran Clyne for many years. They have supported us on bat and bird fatality surveys on wind farms across Wales. The Paws for Conservation team are a pleasure to work with; they are reliable, professional, thorough, and friendly. They are always quick to respond, they produce consistently good outputs and give sound advice, which is testament to their extensive knowledge and experience in this field. We look forward to working with the Paws for Conservation team again on future projects."
"Natural Power has worked with Paws for Conservation since they were established, and during that time they have supported us on numerous bat and bird surveys on operational wind farms. Rachael has always been quick to respond to all enquiries, whether providing a quote or clarifying results, and is always friendly and professional. I have no hesitation in recommending the exceptionally experienced team at Paws for Conservation (including the gorgeous and highly trained dogs!)"
“PfC provide an innovative, friendly and professional conservation detection dog service, with high standards and animal welfare being an absolute priority.
After years of working and collaborating with Rachael and Aran, even before PfC was founded, I see them both as friends foremost, and as approved suppliers thereafter. PfC has often mobilised at very short notice, and their award-winning work has helped save thousands of pounds (whilst avoiding costly delays) on a number of our projectcs.
I highly recommend PfC to anyone who is looking to procure professional conservation detection dog services.”