Neil's Achievements

A list of Neil's Accomplishments

Neil began training his first Mountain Rescue Search dog in the mid 1970s and, when they qualified in the Cairngorms two years later, he introduced the Search And Rescue Dog Association, (SARDA), to Ireland. His main achievements to date are:

  • 1976    Qualified as Search and Rescue Dog handler.
  • 1985    Qualified Assessor of Search and Rescue Dogs.
  • 1992    Trained first ever Water Search Dog in UK.
  • 1998    Trained drugs dog under ex Home Office examiner/instructor.
  • 1999    Training Officer for Canis Specialist Search Dogs.
  • 1999    Trained in Leisure Trade security services.
  • 2000    Accepted as Specialist Support Services for UKFSSART.
  • 2001    Trained explosives search dog with the military.
  • 2002    Accepted as Specialist Support Services for NI Fire Service.
  • 2003    Member of British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers.
  • 2004    Chairman of S A R D A (Ireland – North).
  • 2004    Appointed dog handler to NI Fire Service USAR Team.
  • 2005    Invited by ODPM to be search dog instructor at UK Fire College.
  • 2005    Trained an Arson Detection Dog for an Italian commercial team.
  • 2006    Trained World’s first optical discs detection dogs.
  • 2020    Awarded PhD for his research into the untrained response of pet dogs to the onset of epileptic seizure in their owners.
  • 2021    Awarded the title of Visiting Scholar at the School of Biological Sciences Queen's University Belfast.
Cuisle Leaving Newcastle Harbour

Benchmarks & Milestones

    Neil and Consul General in Toronto.
    Neil and the Bomb Squad.
    John Malcolm and Neil being interviewed by CNN.
    Neil with Lucky and Flow in New York.
    Neil and Flo doing a TV interview in Toronto.
    Neil with John Malcolm and Officers of NYPD.