Customs & Excise first started to use dogs for the detection of drugs in 1978 and there are now around 65 dogs based at major ports and airports througthout the UK.
English springers are used in the main because of their intelligence, keen sense of smell, size and agility.
It takes about 9 - 12 weeks to train a dog to the required standard. They have NO physical contact with drugs and NEVER become addicted. They search pruely for pleasure knowing that their reward will be a game with their handler and favourite toy.