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26th April 2019

The Company

Advanced Canine Technologies® (Ltd) have been supplying quality detection dogs to the security industry for 23 years. In the nineties dogs were being sold overseas in large numbers, now that detection dogs have become an every day security item they are difficult to find with the qualities that agencies are looking for! Over the years we supplied top quality dogs to 26 countries and 9 states in the USA!

The need to produce dogs with quality whilst maintaining the standards required to meet exacting work ethic is essential and combining that with physical qualities and temperament is vital. We have an international client list which includes some of the worlds major law enforcement agencies who have relied on the quality, trainability and determination of our dogs. References can be supplied on request.....


The company owner has experience and knowledge that has produced quality detector dogs by acquiring selective breeding from proven bloodlines and we are continually striving to improve training disciplines and are conversant with current up to date changes in terms of technology.That combination coupled with different applications of operant conditioning and the study of animal behaviour has made Advanced Canine Technologies® Ltd a leader in canine innovation.

Eric Burchell

Eric Burchell has a varied and diverse background in the research and development of vapour and particulate detection at trace levels using dogs.

Eric's previous experience in breeding has given him the opportunity to identify and develop the desirable genetic traits that are most sought after in the well balanced working / service dog.

He is well versed in the advanced technical and tactical aspects of scent discrimination training and deployment. He has endeavored over the last 22 years to make dog work in this field his speciality. Eric has worked closely with scientific government agencies to validate the results and achievements that he has obtained during the years of research and developement: Has instructed in the area of scent discrimination on a world wide basis.


1993 - Present: Instructor/Consultant/Lecturer of canine scent discrimination at trace levels and proven in the vapour detection field.

1993 - 2000 Engaged by Mechem Consultants of South Africa and other agencies to conduct initial six months trials in the UK using the Mechem Explosive Drug Detection System (MEDDS).This programme lasted for seven years under different agencies and has helped develop remote air sampling to become a bona fida detection system officially recognised and used in many parts of the world today marketed under different names.

1997 Contracted in by the Norwegian Peoples Aid to consult on the canine Programe in Angola West Africa. They were using MEDDS technology. Also visited Mozambique to consult on the ongoing canine projects in the south of the country.

1999 Eric was engaged in similar related projects (see 1997) with the United States Government, working with their own research agency DARPA. This was a landmine detection programme using canine verses the latest electrical and chemical technology of the time.

2003 Opened a breeding and training kennel in the Czech republic, ACTK9CZ s.r.o. which has provided dogs world-wide to agencies already on our client list.

2005 ACT DETECTION DOGS(NI) Ltd was formed with a view to initiate a breeding programme and produce potential detector dogs for training to save the time and effort in trying to source dogs elswhere in what was becoming a difficult proposition.

2009-2012 Training and development consultant to NDEA (Seychelles)

2012 Training consultant for Templewood Specialist Services at the O2 London

Company renamed as Advanced Canine Technologies incorporating ACT Detection Dogs

2013 Advanced Canine Technologies and Scent Detection Academy joined forces to work on specialist research projects in the Netherlands.

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