about us - dave kennard

Background Summary

Experienced and highly motivated Instructor, with a proven ability to motivate and train dog and handler teams achieving the highest standards in substance detection, within the Police and other Government Agencies. Skilled in people management, dog training, acquisition and customer management relations with a record for providing results and innovative solutions to training issues.

Key Skills and Achievements

  • Co-designed, accredited and implemented ACPO Narcotics & Weapons Recovery Instructors Course
  • Successfully ran many National ACPO Instructors Courses in Narcotics & Weapons
  • Explosive Search and General Purpose Patrol Dogs
  • Created and ran the first Police Narcotics Passive (person scanning) Search Dog Course in UK
  • Successfully trained the first Cash Detection Dogs for H.M. Customs (UKBA)
  • Introduced, designed and ran the first Illegal Meat Detection Dog Course in UK for DEFRA
  • Trained many Courses of Weapon & Narcotics/Explosive Search and Patrol Dog (GPD) to ACPO Accredited Standards
  • Licensed dog and handler teams in all the above disciplines to ACPO Accredited Standards throughout the UK
  • Set up and managed the Search Dog Breeding Programme for the Metropolitan Police
  • Conducted and managed a comprehensive Research Study of Search Dog Puppy Breeding and Development in partnership with Norwegian Customs
  • Been responsible for creating and implementing the Acquisition and Testing Procedures for prospective adult Search Dogs for Metropolitan Police and UK Border Agency
  • Created and ran Search Dog Instructors Courses for outside agencies
  • Developed and presented a 3 day course on 'Focus Search'
  • Worked both Patrol Dogs and Explosive Search Dogs in London

Career Summary

Dog Training Instructor

Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment (1996 - 2009)

Part of a team with responsibility for the acquisition, training and licensing of dog and handler teams.

Police Dog Handler

Police Dog Handler, Metropolitan Police (1982 - 1996)

Working both Patrol Dogs and Explosive Search Dogs in various parts of the London Metropolitan Police District.

Police Officer

Police Officer (1979 - 1982)

Engaged in general purpose Police duties in West London.

Training / Qualifications

  • ACPO Accredited General Purpose Police Dog Instructor
  • ACPO Accredited Explosives Search Dog Instructor
  • ACPO Accredited Narcotics and Weapon Search Dog Instructor


Commended for Dedication and Professionalism in the field of Search Dog Work

Dave Kennard

Mobile: 07769677578

E-Mail: dk@d-fordogs.co.uk