Detector Dogs Puppy Fostering Programme

The Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI) Detector Dog Programme needs volunteer families in Auckland to provide rearing, socialisation and early training for each puppy, so that it will have the opportunity to graduate as a MPI Detector Dog.


The puppy development team interview’s families who wish to take on this important role. Details of the programme are discussed and homes are assessed to see if it is a suitable place for the puppy to live.

It is essential for the puppy to have company through out the day as well as an escape proof fence and children must be over the age of 4 years old.

All food, shampoo, equipment such as collars, bowl, flea treatment, puppy identification coats, brush, leash, service record book, toys and all veterinary costs are covered by MPI. Boarding at the kennels is provided when the family goes away on holiday.

Once a puppy is placed, the team visits regularly to access the puppy, check on progress, answer questions and help solve any problems that may have arisen.

The Breeding & Kennel Manager is only a phone call away and is happy to sort out any problems that you may have.

When the fostering phase is completed at approximately 14 months old, the puppy returns to the MPI Detector Dog Programme where it will have thirteen weeks of intensive training.

If you are interested in becoming a puppy walker please contact:

  • Kirsty Ansell – Breeding & Kennel Manager
    Phone – 09 909 8577
    Email – Kirsty Ansell

Page last updated: 29 July 2013