Louise is the ultimate professional. She is hard working, enthusiastic, had great instincts and curiosity. I would be honored to work with Louise in any circumstances and recommend her highly for any detection or probably ANY work.
I have used conservation K9 consultancy for some of my John Muir sessions with secondary schools. Louise and her team of dogs are highly engaging and really interesting to go out on a demo with. The session gives pupils a hands on conservation sniffer dog experience and exposes them to an amazing career option. Louise is great at pitching the demo to the level of the group and her enthusiasm for her job and love for the dogs shines though. I would highly recommend an education session with conservation k9 consultancy for a different look into a really important and upcoming conservation tool.
Louise delivered a educational session as part of a project I was doing with children from a primary school. We were looking for new and innovative ways to engage children with wildlife conservation and Louise offered this. She was engaging with the children from start to finish providing opportunities for the children to get involved at all times. Her demos with the dogs were so informative and the fact the children could interact with the dogs was a bonus. Her passion and level of knowledge came across in abundance and I would recommend her for a new and interesting educational experience, guaranteed to inspire young people.
Hiring Louise and Luna has added a completely new dimension in the search for pine marten scat in Shropshire. Luna has already demonstrated an amazing ability to not only detect scat, but also identify trails and areas where pine martens have wandered through. There is also a huge amount of interest from the public in our use of a trained scat detection dog and having Luna along has been a great way for us to engage with the public
Louise provided incredible support and guidance when I was setting up the CapeNature Conservation Detection Dog Project to work on a live target – the critically endangered geometric tortoise. Her insight and expertise were invaluable and perhaps even more so her enthusiasm and support for this work as this type of detection had not been carried out before in an operational manner. Years down the line I am very grateful and appreciate the professionalism she brings to this field in order that conservation detection work is given the appropriate recognition it deserves worldwide and standards are upheld. Dogs are a passion for many of us. Louise takes this to the next level and gives her all in so many spheres to make a long-term contribution to the betterment of both canines and conservation.
Throughout the three years of training, Louise was completely dedicated to the project. She proved herself to be a consistently positive and determined person with unlimited enthusiasm. Her extensive experience with detection dogs was clearly apparent and she approached each new challenge with confidence and a host of new ideas. Louise has excellent communication and interpersonal skills which meant the training project was straightforward to establish and develop.
Louise has an extraordinary passion for conservation. In 2010 Wagtail established its sister company ‘Conservation Dogs’. Louise was a driving force in helping to establish ‘Conservation Dogs’ within Wagtail UK. With her extensive research, determination and knowledge, she was able to help secure work in both Gabon ad Tanzania - whereby she helped to set up the first dog section in Gabon for the Gabonese Government. This involved the procurement and training of dogs, their handlers and assessing the handlers. This project became a definitive blueprint of a remarkable dog section in Africa. This was thanks to Louise’s hard work and dedication and something that I know Louise is extremely proud of - as am I.
I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with Louise Viljoen since 2008 and she has given invaluable guidance and support in setting up a conservation dog unit based in South Africa and working all over Southern Africa. She is, without fail, professional, talented and innovative in her approach. I would recommend her to anyone with a serious interest in conservation detection dogs.