Courses - Dual Purpose Drug Detection Dog Handler Course (Level 3)

Combining the skills to search buildings, venues, vehicles, open spaces, the passive screening of people and more.

Course Dates

  • Saturday 26 January, 19 - Friday 15 February, 19
  • Wednesday 1 May, 19 - Tuesday 21 May, 19
  • Wednesday 24 July, 19 - Tuesday 13 August, 19


To book a place on this course call 01745 561166 or email courses@wagtailuk.com

Programme Overview

Here at Wagtail UK Ltd we believe that completion of a Dual Purpose Course is the best way to start a career in the field of Drugs Reduction. By completing both Pro-Active and Passive elements you maximise your capability and potential client base which will have a positive impact on earning potential. 

The course is designed to give you the skills to utilise a search asset to great effect and covers all subjects you require from initial dog selection through to complex search activities for high profile clientele.

This programme is aimed at learners who want to work with passive and proactive drug detection dogs and gives them the specialised knowledge that is expected from a professional search dog team.  It will enable those learners to work as a passive or proactive drug detection dog handler either independently or as part of an organisation.

This course covers:

  • Animal welfare (including the 'five needs') and husbandry 
  • Canine health
  • First aid
  • Bonding
  • Knowledge of the drug trade
  • Legislation
  • Training responsibilities
  • Principals of search
  • Control of a drugs dog
  • Stages of training
  • Scent discrimination
  • Search plan
  • Maintaining professional standards

Entry Requirements

This programme is approved for delivery to learners aged 18+.

Our program is developed to accommodate learners with no experience or prior experience.  There are no prerequisites for this qualification however it is advised that learners have a level 1 in English (speaking and listening). 


Wagtail UK employ full time instructors from military, police and civil backgrounds who work within the industry.

Our multi-disciplined instructors have a depth of knowledge and experience to encompass all training requirements, aspirations and expectations.

All Wagtail courses take place at our fully approved training centre in North Wales which is endorsed by Highfield Awarding Body for Certification.


The course will be assessed by qualified internal assessors who have many years of search dog experience with military, police and civil sector backgrounds.


The cost of this course is £3515.  

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.

All courses can be paid for in installments, with full payment due 28 days before the course start date.


Discounted rates are available for accommodation at our recently renovated Wagtail House.  Please click here for further details.  Call 01745 561166 to make a booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our FAQ's page which lists a number of questions that we are frequently asked at Wagtail in reference to our courses.