Becoming a dog handler

Dog handlers work with detector dogs at New Zealand's ports of entry to find biosecurity risk items that aren't allowed into the country.


Entry criteria

To become a dog handler, you must have worked as a quarantine officer for at least 2 years. Search for vacancies in the MPI Careers Centre and read the position description to find out what's involved.

Dog handlers work at busy ports

Detector dog teams work in rotational shifts at all international ports of entry, for example at:

  • international airports
  • ports
  • the International Mail Centre in Auckland
  • international cargo companies
  • cruise ships arriving from overseas.

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