A conservation detection dog is one of the important tools being used in the search for injured koalas from bushfires on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.
Taylor is a four-year-old English springer spaniel, that has been in training since eight weeks of age.
“Every time she smelt koala poo or koala fur, she’d get her favourite reward which, as a puppy, was a tennis ball and treats,” trainer Ryan Tate said.
“What we essentially train the dog to do is enjoy that love for sniffing the environment but to discriminate a particular smell so every day out in the field for her is the best day of her life.”
At four, Taylor is becoming an old hand.