About Us

Wagtail UK Ltd was established in 2003.  It provides detection dogs and related services for government agencies such as UK Border Force, HM Revenue & Customs, Police, Trading Standards and Armed Forces. 

Wagtail is contracted by the UK Border Force to provide ‘Body Detection Dogs’ (for illegal immigrants) in Northern France 24/7, 365 days a year.  Its sister company ‘Conservation Dogs’ is an innovative pioneering company providing a centre for training of specialist detection dogs for both Wildlife Crime Detection and Wildlife Conservation.  An international, multi-award winning company, Wagtail dogs can detect, firearms, explosives, drugs, cash, tobacco and products of animal origin including ivory, pangolin scale, bush meat, leopard skin ‘live’ animals, bats and great crested newts.

Our handlers have extensive experience of working in international military and civil operations, in accordance with guidelines stipulated by the British Armed Forces and Home Office.

We provide highly trained dogs and dog teams for:

  • Explosives and firearms detection
  • Drugs detection (passive and pro-active)
  • Tobacco detection
  • Cash detection
  • 'Live' body detection (people smuggling and border control)
  • Conservation
  • Products of Animal Origin
  • Cadaver detection (human remains)
  • Search and rescue/urban disaster rescue (confined space)
  • Hydrocarbons detection (fire investigation)
  • Personal protection and security patrols

Wagtail Accreditations and Associations

  • ISO 9001 Accredited Company
  • Investors In People Accredited Company 
  • Licensed by The Home Office To Store and Keep Explosives for The Purposes Of Dog Training 
  • Licensed by The Home Office To Store and Keep Drugs for The Purposes Of Dog Training 
  • Accredited Training centre with The Highfield Awarding Body Of Compliance (HABC)
  • Approved by the Ministry Of Defence Career Transition Partnership (CTP) 
  • Members of The Armed Forces Covenant Scheme 
  • Members of The British Institute Of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT) 
  • Members of The British Institute of Explosives Engineers (IExpE) 
  • Corporate Affiliate Members of The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)
  • Members of The National Association Of Security Dog Users (NASDU) 
  • Accredited training centre with National Association Of Security Dog Users (NASDU)
  • Recipients of The Home Office ‘Supplier Of The Year’ Award 
  • #SBS (Small Business Sunday) Theo Paphitis Winner
Wagtail International School of Excellence

Wagtail International School of Excellence

Wagtail International School of Excellence in North Wales is a fully approved centre endorsed by Highfield Awarding Body for Certification.  Each course has been specifically designed to meet industry expectations and where appropriate compliant to BS 8517-2-2010.  Our courses encompass formal assessment criteria to meet the NASDU format and successful completion of courses is reflected with QCF certification. 

All Wagtail courses are delivered by industry experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience both in the UK and overseas.  All our instructors are qualified to the appropriate level, approved through the QCF, and are adept at delivering blended learning to audiences worldwide.  

We aim, not only to deliver courses in a professional manner to meet the required standard, but to furnish learners with additional skills beyond the scope of basic guidelines to enrich their depth of understanding and maximise their potential.  With this in mind, all courses have additional lessons that broaden knowledge, consolidate understanding and impart trade complexities that students will find invaluable.  All Wagtail courses include additional Guided Learning Hours above the mandated requirements.

We have dedicated training facilities on site and a wide range of ‘live’ training areas in the local area to enrich the learning experience.  We are Home Office approved to hold real training samples and have a full suite of training aids believing that training on real substance is best practice and a superior option to pseudo scent samples.  Our philosophy at Wagtail is to deliver quality without compromise; a philosophy that is echoed in the courses we provide.