Limpopo, South Africa
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£1,100 per course

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Working dogs are being used more and more in conservation, assisting researchers in collecting more reliable data more efficiently than ever before as well as helping in the fight against wildlife crime. In this short, intensive course you will learn various aspects of dog handling, from scent detection work through to tracking as well as assist researchers in aspects of data collection. The course consists of three core modules, as well as a practical module assisting a community outreach project where students help put their skills to use by teaching children from a local, impoverished village. Students will also have the option of training apprehension canines within an Anti-Poaching Unit.

1. Basic obedience
Students will learn the basics of dog handling in order to make working dogs safe in public and in the field, as well as vital work on game-proofing.

2. Scent detection and tracking
This module will teach students how to train reliable scent detection dogs, with students participating in a number of exercises, including new scent acquisition and reinforcement, as well as the principles of tracking both human and game scents in the wild. Students will have the option to train dogs of an Anti-Poaching Unit during this time as well.

3. Canines in Conservation Research
Students will have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in Modules 1 and 2, by assisting postgraduate researchers in collecting data for various research projects, using dogs for data collection.


4. Community outreach
Teaching is an excellent way to learn and in this module students will go into local
communities and train future dog handlers. We do this for two reasons: first, students get the opportunity to apply their knowledge and second, by changing the local communities attitudes to companion dogs we also change their attitudes to animals in general, including the surrounding wildlife.

The two week course costs £1100 and includes accommodation, two meals a day, course materials, practical training sessions, transport and wifi. Students are responsible for one meal a day, the cost of their airport transfer (which can be arranged through Purposefully Lost) and all excursions or optional activities (excluding the apprehension dog handling).

The course takes place on a private game reserve

13 – 28 March 2020 (7 places left)
24 April – 09 May 2020


Check out the video below for a glimpse into the course experience!


Dougal tracking like a beast! Solly and I struggling to keep up!

Gepostet von Purposefully Lost Conservation Courses and Dog Handling am Donnerstag, 19. Dezember 2019

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    Will there be further 2020 dates to complete this course or are the dates listed the only ones available for this year ?

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