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Canine Services

SafeLane deploys highly trained canine teams for landmine, explosive and narcotics detection, for patrol and protection; supporting commercial, government and humanitarian partners globally.

How can our dogs and handlers help?

SafeLane delivers canine detection and protection services

It maintains a dedicated canine training facility and kennels in multiple locations, has working dog teams ready to deploy, and offers full logistics support to ensure clients receive a seamless service.

It has working dogs trained to detect any scent target - including mines, narcotics, explosives, weapons and improvised explosive devices.  Additionally, it has patrol and protection dogs it can supply to clients anywhere in the world.

SafeLane works with clients as part of an integrated team, providing search and detection services and supplying certified detection dog teams and certified trainers.

Following any required client needs analysis and scoping work, SafeLane presents a comprehensive project plan to its clients, before fully mobilising to meet even the most stringent deadline.

Mine detection dogs

SafeLane's mine detection dogs (MDD) programme stands as an exceptionally advanced and beneficial initiative in the field of mine detection and clearance.  At its core, this program harnesses the remarkable capabilities of highly trained MDDs, merging their innate olfactory prowess with state-of-the-art training techniques and technologies.  As a result, SafeLane's MDD program offers unparalleled efficiency, accuracy, and safety in the detection of potentially harmful landmines as well as trained to locate both metal and plastic mines also munitions and UXO – making them truly invaluable.

One key aspect that sets SafeLane’s program apart is its emphasis on advanced training methods. These dogs undergo rigorous and specialised training to hone their detection skills, enabling them to effectively locate hidden mines with remarkable precision. By continuously refining and enhancing their training methodologies, SafeLane ensures that their dogs are at the forefront of mine detection capabilities.

The integration of innovative technology further bolsters the program's advancement. SafeLane leverages various tools and equipment, such as GPS tracking systems and innovative communication devices, to collect real-time data and enhance the efficiency of mine detection operations. This integration of technology not only streamlines the process but also minimises human risk, as the dogs act as the primary detectors, reducing the need for direct human exposure to potential dangers.

Moreover, the SafeLane program is continuously evolving and adapting to stay ahead of emerging threats. The program actively invests in research and development to enhance the dogs' abilities, ensuring that they are trained to detect new types of mines or explosive devices that may arise. This commitment to innovation and staying at the forefront of mine detection technology sets the SafeLane program apart and reinforces its status as an advanced solution.

Additionally, the use of MDDs offers a unique advantage in their ability to cover vast areas efficiently. Their remarkable sense of smell allows them to detect even concealed or buried mines that may be missed by traditional detection methods. This time-saving attribute makes the SafeLane MDD program an invaluable asset in mine clearance efforts, enabling faster progress and ultimately safeguarding more lives.

Lastly, the SafeLane MDD program contributes to a safer and more sustainable future. By swiftly and accurately identifying and clearing mines, it helps to reclaim hazardous land, allowing communities to rebuild and thrive without the constant threat of casualties or restrictions on land usage. This program not only saves lives but also paves the way for safer environments and improved livelihoods in post-conflict or mine-affected areas.

In conclusion, the SafeLane MDD program stands as an exceptionally advanced and invaluable initiative due to its combination of highly trained dogs, state-of-the-art technology integration, continual innovation, and its contribution to creating safer and sustainable communities. This program is at the forefront of mine detection, offering unparalleled efficiency, accuracy, and safety in mine clearance operations.

Patrol dog services



  • SafeLane protects client premises from intruders, offering a bespoke service to ensure the optimum protection of personnel and assets.
  • Canine teams can either complement or replace existing security measures, and services can be provided for short or long-term contracts.
  • With canine operations in some of the most hostile regions in the world, including Syria, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan and Somalia, SafeLane’s patrol dog teams are ready to deploy rapidly. 

Detection dog services

The canine capabilities that SafeLane provides are trained to the highest standards. They are trained to safely search any given area and trained on multiple target odours giving a passive indication. 

All SafeLane’s detection dogs, regardless of their target odour, provide a methodical and focused search of any open or closed terrain, all vehicle types, luggage, and structures to locate the threat. No object or area is left un-searched.

All canine capabilities undergo a rigorous validation process led by our esteemed Canine Manager, a former Chief Trainer of the British Army, who is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of excellence in our training programs. Our commitment to quality assurance ensures that only the most capable and well-trained canines are provided to our clients.

Experience snapshot:

SafeLane has canine operations in some of the most hostile regions in the world - including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Mali and South Sudan, and it has canine teams ready to deploy rapidly.

For the past 10 years, SafeLane has provided explosive detection dog (EDD) teams to the British Embassy in Baghdad. It is also currently providing EDD teams for a number of other embassies across Afghanistan.

In Syria and Somalia, it provides EDD teams in support of humanitarian requirements.

In Burkina Faso it provides narcotic detection dogs (NDD), patrol dogs and explosive detection dogs to a private client.

It supports its canine project with full logistics backup, building everything from air conditioned kennels to veterinary clinics, and supplying every item required for full life support for dogs and handlers alike.

Canine training and welfare standard

From its dedicated dog training facility, SafeLane sets the benchmark for the highest canine care standards in the working dog sector.  

Additionally, it maintains stringent compliance with International Mine Action Standards, and the working dog standards set by the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO.

As well as its training facility, it maintains dedicated kennel facilities.

SafeLane employs a training and quality assurance compliance officer and a global canine operations manager, who is the former Army Chief Trainer of the Defence Animal Training Regiment.

SafeLane is committed to quality management, and also adheres to ISO 9001:2015 guidelines.

Detection dog capabilities

SafeLane provides handler and detection dog teams for humanitarian, governmental and commercial operations globally.  From its dedicated canine training facility, it provides teams to fulfil any search or security requirement including:

  • Explosive detection dogs (EDD)
  • Small arms and ammunition detection dogs
  • Narcotic detection dogs (NDD)
  • Digital media
  • Human remains and cadaver dogs
  • Anti-human trafficking dogs (detection of stowaways and intruders)
  • Patrol dogs for perimeter searches
  • Cross trained canines e.g. PEDDs, trained for patrol and explosives
  • Mine detection dogs (MDD)
  • Specialist projects
  • Canine consultancy

Why choose SafeLane Global’s canine capabilities?

All canine handlers and trainers are physically and mentally fit, and rigorously screened for their adaptability and ability to work well under pressure and in austere or threatening environments.

SafeLane is also committed to building local capacities, and recruits national personnel wherever possible, training them to the highest internationally recognised standards as working dog handlers.

Field operations are supported by SafeLane Global’s highly experienced head office team, which provides dedicated and comprehensive 24/7 support for strategy, operations, transportation and logistics.

To discuss how SafeLane's canine capabilities could support or enhance your security arrangements, please get in touch with the team today.

How are detection dogs trained?

SafeLane's detection dogs are trained to the highest standards using positive reinforcement.

Where are detection dogs used?

Dogs can be trained to detect scent targets such as explosives or narcotics. Therefore they can be used wherever these threats are a problem - e.g., at an airport. SafeLane's detection dogs are providing entry control point protection and perimeter patrol, airport security with aeroplane and luggage searches, and embassy fortification. Teams are working in live and post conflict zones and in the protection of airports, embassies, dignitaries, camps and installations throughout the Middle East and Africa. 

We have detection and protection canine teams ready to deploy

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