Malpeet K9 Academy was approached by the client who is a non-profit organization based in West Africa requesting the service of supplying two tracking canines capable of tracking and locating a live human over open terrain and a handler training programme to be delivered in the UK and Africa.
After initial consultation sessions with the client over Skype phone calls. We suggested a fact finding mission which consists of a five-day in country familiarization trip to ensure the programme and training designed will be successful. The trip provided an opportunity for the instructor to inspect the local working environment and gained insight on the company culture. After the fact-finding mission we recommended the canines wear special protective footwear when tracking for long distance in open terrain to avoid injury which was fully appreciated by the client.
Two Belgian Malinois and one Dutch Herder were selected for their boundless energy and confidence during the week-long selection process. The dogs were delivered within 8 weeks of award of contract accompanied with all export documents. All three canines successfully achieved the independent assessment in Africa as anti-poaching tracker dogs later.
While the tracker dogs settle into their new environment in Africa. The anti-poaching team leader flew to the UK to gain training and operational experience as well as obtaining a NASDU accredited qualification which is well recognised worldwide.
Our MD and head instructor Simon Mallin flew to Africa to lead the last stage of detection dog team training. Four handlers and two dogs formed two teams during the thirty-two day training. The training simulated real scenarios of facing dangerous armed poachers and long tracking hours. Again both teams passed the independent assessment and were accredited by NASDU.
The success of the delivery of the programme led to more opportunities working with organisations who require similar UK expertise with local knowledge.
The joint effort from Malpeet K9 Academy and the client gained the project media exposure in the UK and Africa which is beneficial to the client as the client is a nonprofit organization. One detection team in this programme has been chosen by the client to be featured in their marketing campaign to attract sponsorship and donation.