Landmine Detection Dogs
Landmine detection dogs play an important role in returning areas savaged by war into a safe, friendly environment. In Kosovo he was in charge of the K9 team, leading them to certification and accreditation with the United Nations. He was the first Canadian to be accredited and work with the two dogs he pre-trained in Canada. From experience gained by working in the minefield with his own dogs, he has used his knowledge to assist in the Training of local deminers with their dogs. All MDD’s were trained for quality assurance and clearance.
Landmine Detection Dogs Assist Demining Efforts
Working with the Canadian International Demining Corp, he helped to establish a training facility for indigenous handlers and dogs as teams. This facility has been in operation since 1999 and is self-sufficient.
- Setup of Kennel and training areas
- Selecting handlers and pairing them with dog
- Organization of kennel procedures
- Showing handlers importance of maintenance records and training.
- Preparations and implementation of SOP’s
- developing a safe method of clearing boxes that local handler could use with confidence.
By special invitation for the Queen’s Jubilee Tour in October of 2002, Sid and handler Zarko Budincic and his Canine companion, Alex, a Canadian trained and sponsored demining dog, traveled from the minefields of Bosnia for the display. Zarko and Alex were just one of Sid’s graduating students. Canine Alex was sponsored by the Canadian Landmine Foundation along with 3 other dogs, that are working to clear landmines.