Detector Dog Service Program
Become the CBSA's next detector dog

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Learn how the Detector Dog Training Program works and recruits.


  • 1978: Canada Customs began using detector dogs to help frontline officers with a more effective method of detecting drugs and firearms.
  • 2003: Currency detector dogs began working with border services officers (BSOs).
  • 2005: The DDS Program expanded to include food, plant and animal detector dog teams from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Did you know?

  • Detector dogs intercept drugs, guns and money.
  • They help detect food, plant and animal products harmful to Canada's environment. 
  • They discourage smugglers and educate Canadians about the CBSA's innovative enforcement approaches.
  • Detector dogs help BSOs simplify searches.

If your dog…

  • Is a hunting dog breed or Beagle (Hunting dog breeds include: Labrador Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, etc.)
  • Is 6 to 24 months old
  • Has a strong character
  • Has great focus
  • Is in good health
  • Practices good agility
  • Is well socialized
  • Is not shy or timid
  • Displays no aggression

…they could be the CBSA's next Detector Dog.

Do you have a dog that could be the right fit? Contact

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