Sniffer dogs: canine protection & detection services

SafeLane supplies fully trained, experienced and proven canine teams to meet the detection and protection requirements of its humanitarian, commercial and governmental clients worldwide.

Handler and dog teams currently provide frontline support in multiple locations around the world, including complex threat environments, and detect for everything from explosives and mines to intruders and narcotics.

SafeLane’s canine services: overview

SafeLane handler John bonding with his detection dog

SafeLane handler John bonding with his detection dog

SafeLane delivers canine detection and protection services. 

It maintains a dedicated canine training facility in South Africa 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 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.

Patrol dog services:


Patrol dog in training

Patrol dog undergoing bite training


  • 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:


  • SafeLane’s detection dogs are trained to discover even tiny trace amounts of their target odour. 
  • Explosives detection dogs can detect everything from improvised explosive devices to weapons and ammunition.
  • Narcotic detection dogs can be used for proactive searches of structures, areas, vehicles or luggage, or for the passive screening of people.  They give clients a versatile solution to the complex problem of drugs. 
  • All SafeLane 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 a threat.  No object or area is left un-searched.


Explosive detection dogs during training

Explosive detection dogs during training

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 standards:

From its dedicated dog training facility in South Africa, SafeLane sets the benchmark for the highest canine care standards in the working dog sector.  Consequently, it has been awarded accreditation by The National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU).

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 in Kabul and Erbil.

SafeLane employs a training and quality assurance compliance officer and a global canine operations manager, who is a former leading trainer from the prestigious Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment.

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)
  • 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)

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.

It is further committed to developing its staff, offering them NASDU accredited training courses while they work.

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 using positive reenforcement.

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.

SafeLane’s working dogs in action:

Canine services


Case studies

Detection dogs in Afghanistan

SafeLane Global was tasked with the provision of narcotic detection dogs (NDD) and explosive detection dogs (EDD) in Afghanistan.

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Explosives detection dog teams in Damascus Syria

SafeLane Global was asked to supply explosive detection dog (EDD) capacity to support humanitarian operations in Damascus, Syria.

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Mine detection dog teams South Sudan

SafeLane Global provided mine detection dog (MDD) teams to support mechanical operations in the Juba area.

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