SDT specializes in training and placing highly trained detection dogs for varying needs across 4 States (California, Washington, Arizona & Nevada). Our team of certified expert dog trainers hand selects purpose-bred working dogs that have the drive, temperament, and ability to execute the important job that a canine detection dog has. SDT utilizes a dog’s natural ability to differentiate odor and applies proven methods to train and proof to the highest level. Our team of detection experts has trained and deployed working sniffer dogs for law enforcement (policy k9), military working dogs (MWD’s), DEA, FBI, Secret Service, and Border Patrol. Our dogs are placed with handler training included and maintenance training packages are available for purchase.

SDT Detection Dogs enroll in our detection course following a detailed assessment of their health and temperament. The course is 10-16 weeks in length and each dog much pass all elements to graduate. Detailed lists of items they are trained to detect are found in each category. All dogs placed include handler training. 

Specialty Dog Training is able to take custom orders for single-purpose detection dogs in the following categories. We also often have dogs already trained and available. 

Drug/Narcotic Detection

  • Cocaine 
  • Morphine
  • Crack (Cocaine + Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate Backpulver)
  • Opium
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Amphetamines
  • Ecstasy (Methamphetamine)
  • Liquid Ecstasy GHB
  • Thai-Pillen (Methamphetamine)

SDT utilizes pure odor in addition to pseudo drugs. Our dogs are trained to search buildings, vehicles, boxes & luggage and open areas. 

Explosives & Firearm Detection

SDT explosive detection dogs are conditioned to detect even the smallest amount of explosive, whether it is military, commercial or homemade including SEMTEX, HMTD and TATP. Our bomb detection dogs can find explosives that elude even the most advanced detection equipment that is currently in use at many international airports. Our dogs are trained to search buildings, vehicles, boxes & luggage and open areas. These dogs are also able to alert on persons wearing/carrying explosives and/or firearms. A key focus for Specialty Dog Training given recent events in our Country, include event venues, large hotels and casinos. These high traffic, densely populated locations have become easy targets for catastrophic events and sadly, this continues unless elevated security measures are taken. 

  • Ammonia-Nitrate
  • Hexogen (RDX)
  • Potassium Chloride 
  • Potassium Nitrate
  • Sodium Nitrate
  • Sodium Chlorate
  • Nitro-Glycerine
  • Nitro-Cellulose
  • TNT
  • All Dynamites
  • Water Gels 
  • Oktogen (HMX)
  • Smokeless Powder
  • Black Powder
  • Gun Powder
  • Chlorates
  • PETN = Nitropenta
  • TATP
  • HMTD


Roughly twenty Billion dollars has been spent on research and development and it has demonstrated that no machine or technological advancement is more successful in detecting explosives than a dog. 

Trained detection dogs can search an area up to 5 times faster than a person and with a much higher level of accuracy. 

Detection canines are able to recognize and discern an odor, even when that odor has been masked/covered up by another odor. This is due to the fact that dogs smell in layers and this allows dogs to detect individual ingredients. The power of a scent detection dog is truly unmatched. 

The main benefit of having an explosive detection dog working on the grounds at your location is to ensure the safety of patrons, team members and the like. However, they have proven to be an excellent deterrent for all types of potential criminal activity. Patrons, guests, event attendees and similar are not certain what your dog is trained for, but the assumption is likely detecting explosives, guns, knives, drugs and potentially trained in protection as well. SDT utilizes mainly the Belgian Malinois breed as they are not only exceptional at detection, but show strong presence and improve the deterrent aspect of the role. 

Unfortunately, homegrown terrorism and mass shootings continue to plague our Country. Whether it be a school, concert venue, corporate event, hotel, casino or similar, we all live with the thought and concern in the back of our minds that it could happen at any time in any location with a larger crowd. We don’t mention this to create more fear, but rather to present the facts and with that, a proven resource to decrease the likelihood of a tragic event occurring at your location. The decision of bringing on a trained detection dog, or a team of dogs depending on your needs and size of the location, can save lives. Nothing is guaranteed, and your canine teams can’t be everywhere at all times, but hundreds of studies and billions of dollars of research indicate that not only are you far less likely to be a target of such horrific crimes with the presence of a working dog, but also that a properly trained explosives detection dog can interrupt a would be catastrophic event. 


Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog, as defined by Wikipedia: 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

detection dog or sniffer dogis a dog that is trained to use its senses to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.The sense most used by detection dogs is smell. Hunting dogs that search for game, and search dogs that work to find missing humans are generally not considered detection dogs. There is some overlap, as in the case of cadaver dogs, trained to search for human remains. A police dog is essentially a detection dog that is used as a resource for police in specific scenarios such as conducting drug raids, finding missing criminals, and locating stashed currency.

Frequently, detection dogs are thought to be used for law enforcement purposes; however, they are also used as a valuable research tool for wildlife biologists. In California, detection dogs are trained to discover quagga mussels on boats at public boat ramps because they are a harmful invasive species for the environment. Detection dogs also tend to be employed for the purposes of finding and collecting the feces of a diverse array of species, including cariboublack-footed ferret, killer whale, and Oregon spotted frog. This process is known as wildlife scat detection.

Detection dogs are also seeing use in the medical industry, as studies have revealed that canines are able to detect specific odors associated with numerous medical conditions, such as cancer.


Price range is $20,000 to $26,000 for single purpose detection dogs  and $42,000 to 50,000 for dual purpose dogs.

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