About Us

Karenswood (International) Ltd has an on-going policy of business development across the world. 


It may be of interest to note that, in a period spanning more than 60 years, Karenswood has operated in every continent on Earth with the exception of the Antarctic.

1953 - 1965

In 1953, Karen, the Alsatian bitch whose name was adopted by the Company, was born. The unique qualities consistently demonstrated by Karen in almost every aspect of dog work, more particularly in specialist research and development projects, quickly gained international recognition. Training commissions were received from every European Country and from every Scandinavian Country, where the Company quickly established a reputation for its efficiency and professional excellence.

As a result, the early 1960s was a period of intense activity when Karenswood (International) Ltd received many requests for technical advice and assistance from police and military establishments around the world and notably from the British Army War Dog Training School - now the Defence Animal Centre, and also from the British Royal Air Force.

Following research trials conducted by Karenswood (International) Ltd in 1964, the Company produced the worlds first ever Hydrocarbons Search Dog - fire investigation. For a complete literature package, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Karenswood (International) Ltd has an on-going policy of business development across the world. 


Building National Capacity and Improving International Standards.

1965 - 1975

The Company had consolidated its position as the world leader in the commercial field for the provision of trained security dogs and it continued to develop the range of specialist services it offered to Governments and Government Agencies. In 1970 Karenswood added the International affix to its trading title. Having successfully secured its home market, the European and Scandinavian Markets, the Company expanded into Africa. This decade, like the one before it, was a period of intense activity with major research projects being undertaken for several international organisations.

Feasibility trials conducted by Karenswood (International) Ltd include, but are not limited to, the training of dogs for the following purposes:

  • Natural Gas Leak Locators
  • Specific Mineral Detectors
  • Tobacco and Alcohol Detectors
  • The Use of Dogs to Detect Water Beneath the Sahara Desert

 

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Karenswood (International) Ltd has an on-going policy of business development across the world. 


Training courses offered to the Police, Customs and the Military at home in the United Kingdom and in countries overseas, emphasise the need for improved understanding.

1975  -  1985

The Company continued to broaden its horizons and by 1985 it was operating extensively in the Middle East, Asia and the Far East  -  and in hostile regions  -  often on deployed operations with the very same Military or Police Dog Units that it had formed.

More important research and development projects were successfully completed, notably the Cable Oil Leak Locator Dogs project, conducted for the British Electricity Council in 1982. This project was a follow up to earlier work done by the Company on Hydrocarbons Detector Dogs in 1964.

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Karenswood (International) Ltd has an on-going policy of business development across the world. 


Planning  -  Advice  -  Supply  -  Support - Supervision and Monitoring

1985 - 1995

By 1985, the Company had become a veritable institution to which governments and world organisations turned to for assistance and by the mid 1990s, Karenswood (International) Ltd would service the needs of over 80 countries.

Government Departments and Government Agencies, Universities, the Police, Customs, the Military, Industry and Commerce considering the use of specialist trained dogs may refer to Karenswood (International) Ltd for:

  • Advice - Supply - Support
  • Recruitment - Training
  • Management
  • Research and Development
  • Building Design
  • Planning and Construction
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Karenswood (International) Ltd has an on-going policy of business development across the world. 


The unparalleled excellence of our pioneering heritage has left its indelible mark upon the pages of history.

1995 - 2005

It was in 1999 that Karenswood (International) Ltd was elected to the Advisory Group of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD). When the Company originated the document that evolved to become the International Mines Action Standards (IMAS) having particular reference to the use of Specialist Trained Dogs for mines detection. On behalf of the GICHD, the Company conducted reviews and mines surveys in many mine plagued countries across the world.

In 2003, the GICHD accepted the Karenswood (International) Ltd proposal that the GICHD should form a Committee to regulate world wide Mines Action Standards. As a result, Karenswood  (International) Ltd hosted the first meeting of the GICHD Standards and Implementation Committee (SISC).

Despite an already successful decade relating to Mines Detection, 2005 saw Karenswood Mine Detector Dog teams commended for the outstanding quality of their work in the Lebanese theatre of operations.

 

 

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Karenswood (International) Ltd has an on-going policy of business development across the world. 


The established reference organisation of the world.

2005  -  2013

In a period spanning 60 years, Karenswood (International) Ltd has assisted World Governments, Police, Customs and Military in every continent on Earth  -  with the exception of the Antarctic. 

Karenswood (International) Ltd pioneered much of what is today common practice in dog work. It is irrefutable that specialist training techniques and procedures originated by Karenswood (International) Ltd have been adopted and are practiced by Police, Customs and Military Dog Units around the globe.

The wide ranging aspects of its business, served by its enormous wealth of international experience, is the foundation of the organisation and it makes Karenswood a unique institution.

 

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Karenswood (International) Ltd has an on-going policy of business development across the world.

Karenswood exists for the edification of the world.

Karenswood (International) Ltd

Karenswood (International) Ltd

1953 - 2017

63 Years of Enlightenment

and still the story continues.....

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