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.

Photo of Taylor, a spring spaniel

Taylor is trained to prioritise the scent of the live animal and sit as close to it as she can. (TATE Animal Training Enterprises)

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