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.