Good-bye Peter



We congratulate to our long-time vice president and founder Martin Schuler to his honestly new appointment as Commander Joint Regional Detachement-North of the KFOR in the Kosovo. We wish Martin an eventful, incredibly period of mission without any accident.

Hero of the month


Friday morning (22 July 2016), around 01:00 a.m., the dispatcher at the Zug P.D. received an emergency call reporting suspicious people at industrial buidlings in Baar.

Within minutes the specified building has been sealed off by several police patrols; various visible burglar tracks has been detected and the entire building was searched. Together with police K9 Wallace, a 3 year old black german shepherd, all three criminals 19, 24  and 26 years old from Romania, could be arrested and brought to court.


The WEF has started, at least for us


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For all international media always the perfect interview partner:

Hero of the month


SEMPACH STATION LU -A 24 year old burglar from Albania broke into a house and picked up cash money and jewelery after midnight. Police K9 "Bounce" apprehended the suspect while on an escape.

Hero of the month

Saint-Denis, 18. November 2015

A violent, hours-long operation in a Paris suburb ended Wednesday with two suspected terrorists dead, seven detained, new attacks potentially thwarted and further proof, according to French President Francois Hollande, that his country is "at war" with ISIS. The 7 years old Belgian Malinois "Diesel", an attack- and explosive detection service dog with the SWAT team RAID of the french Police National, has been killed during the operation.

The Saint-Denis raid targeted the purported ringleader of last week's bloody Paris attacks and came as the suspects were "about to move on some kind of operation," according to police sources.

Good-bye Qliff

Qliff de la Cour d'Agibert died due to a detected tumor on July 15, 2015. Fare well, Qliff!

Qliff accompanied Gäbel during several search missions, apprehended many criminals, protected Gäbel and partners and was a true friend. We all miss Qliff.

Hero of the month

Officer "Tyson vom Schiffgarten", a five year old German shepherd police dog with the Lucerne P.D. apprehended a burglar early Monday morning (02:00), July 13, 2015. The suspect absconded after he broke into a work shop and realized that residents called the police. The burglar run to a forest where he get nabbed by Tyson.

Mantrailing Team

In case of emergency, call +41 79 678 70 60 to reach SMEDDS' mantrailing duty officer.

Hero of the month

Police dog "Pango"

May 29, 2015: The Zug P.D. arrested at Cham two suspected burglars fromSouth- Eastern Europe - with the assistance of witnesses, nearby people and officer "Pango". Congratulations!

15th annual meeting

The 15th annual meeting was held at the Gasthof Tell at Gisikon on Friday, 10 April 2014.

22 members (and one working dog) attended this event.

5 Dead, 2 Expats, in Shooting at Restaurant in Mali Capital

BAMAKO, Mali — MARCH 7, 2015, 8:33 A.M. E.S.T.

A masked gunman sprayed bullets in a restaurant popular with foreigners in Mali's capital early Saturday, killing five people including a French person and a Belgian national, officials and witnesses said.

Al Mourabitoun, or The Sentinels, a northern Mali jihadist group allied with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Mauritanian news website Al-Akhbar. It often receives messages from Malian extremists.

Nine people were wounded including two experts at the U.N. mission, said the U.N. stabilization mission in Mali in a statement. The two are Swiss soldiers and are being flown to Senegal for treatment, then back to Switzerland by REGA.

One of the Swiss officers survived an attack in Mali in 2012 already; he is one of the founders of SMEDDS. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Franz and Sébastien.

Message of Lieutenant General André Blattmann - Chief of the Armed Forces:

UN Press release:


New York Post

The Pentagon spent $19 billion trying to recreate the bomb-detecting skills of a canine with a machine. They failed. The future, experts now say, is a superior dog.

see "Mainmenu / News & Media" for more info

15th Anniversary

Founders, members and friends celebrated the 15th anniversary of SMEDDS at the military barracks at Wangen a/A.

see "Main Menu -  15th Anniversary" for more info

Swiss Championship for Military and Police Dogs

The Swiss Association for Service Dog Handlers organized a national championship on 27./28. September 2014 at the former Air Force Barracks Bettwil AG. We congratulate all participants to the good results and we appreciate each time spent prior to have a dog ready for such relevant and essential jobs to protect our life and values!

The participants are with the Armed Forces, State and local Police Dept. and the Swiss Border Police.

The committee deserves a big Thank You for its organizational feat!

For more information and rankings see:

15th Anniversary of SMEDDS

On July 1, 2014, SMEDDS - the Swiss Mine & Explosive Detection Dogs Society - turned 15 years of a challenging and interesting life.

This event shall be celebrated later this year, we will keep you informed.

Interuniformes 2014

The 21th Interuniformes - Police Dog Competition in western Switzerland - has been perfectly organized by the Police Department of the Canton Vaud and took place on June 26, 2014 at the military barracks in Moudon. Four SMEDDS teams participated; congratulations to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank in mantrailing!

(for more info see "Highlights")

14th annual meeting

The 14th annual meeting took place at the cozy hotel Tell at Gisikon the 28th of march 2014. 16 members found the way to this event while 15 others remained absent due to official duties. Those apologies has been sent from various destinations such as the United Arab Emirates, Mali, Tajikistan, Budapest and two members were on night shift with their department. Further three member excused for medical reasons; god bless you!



Hundehotel Murtal

Our friends and SMEDDS members Ingrid and Otmar Burtscher have opened the first "Hundehotel" in the Steiermark/Austria (follow link at Miscellaneous). We wish you great success and pleasure with this new adventure.


WEF Davos 2014

here a link to the newsletter "CUMINAIVEL"



Good-bye Horace

"Horace du Colombophile" died on October 09, 2013, due to his age; he accompagnied his handler Guido for almost 14 years.

Interuniformes 2013

Again, two SMEDDS teams participated at the 20th edition of the legendary Interuniformes, perfectly organized by the K9 unit of the Police Department of Neuchâtel on June 27, 2013.

(for more info see "Highlights")

Welcome to the team

Fly, our newest partner spent his first hours in a new neighbourhood.

Along with an intensive education to become a patrol dog, Fly undergoes sophisticated and complex trainings in explosives detection.

Good-bye my friend

Djuke von der Guldenburg took his last breath at 11:30 on Saturday, May 25, 2013 while I held him in my arms.

After several weeks long hobbling with his front legs, the veterinarian scanned and probed Djuke. The result was definite a spinal canal stenosis. The same morning (Saturday), Djuke could not even get up without pain and needed help to enter the car and to climb stairs. Djuke was 9 years and one month old only.

There is no surgery available so far to make life pain free. -The worst decision in my life to dispose... Djuke is now pain free and that's the solace I'm taking for today.

Rest in peace my friend!


13th annual meeting of SMEDDS took place at the Armed Forces College, Lucerne on March 22, 2013

14 members attended the 13th annual meeting - three of them as "rookies". Three other members were absent due to illness and six members has been excused for business trips abroad (South Africa, Budapest, Egypt and USA).

Mantrailing Search

Two SMEDDS mantrailing teams performed a search operation in the Schwarzenburg area (Canton Berne) for a handicapped, missing male person on Friday, January 11, 2013. These teams found the deceased person in a mountainous zone.

Due to the alpine terrain, SAR teams of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) station Schwarzsee salvaged the dead body.

Honorary member attacked in the DR Congo

Tuesday, 13.10.2012, two Swiss armed forces officers have been ambushed in the eastern city of Goma; one of the victims is one of the founders and a honorary member of SMEDDS. The two are with the UN mission MONUSCO. Later, they have been escorted to the capital Kinshasa. Fortunately, no physical injuries are reported.

Hero of the month

Dienstag, 20. November 2012 stellt ein Hausbesitzer aus Neuenkirch um 02:30 Uhr verdächtige Geräusche fest. Er hielt Nachschau und sah zwei Unbekannte, die versuchten ein Auto aufzubrechen. Seine Beobachtungen meldete er der Luzerner Polizei, welche
unverzüglich mit mehreren Patrouillen ausrückt.
Polizeihund Siego konnte eine Fährte aufnehmen und führt die ausgerückten Polizisten zu den verdächtigten Einbrechern, welche mit Velos flüchten wollten. Bei der Festnahme trugen sie nebst den Velos noch weiteres Diebesgut auf sich.
Bei den mutmasslichen Einbrechern handelt es sich um einen 31-jährigen Marokkaner und einen 24-jährigen Algerier.

Interuniformes 2012

The 19th Interuniformes - Police Dog Competition in western Switzerland - has been perfectly organized by the Police Department of Lausanne and took place on June 28, 2012 at the training facilities La Rama in Cugy.

Two SMEDDS teams participated with its man trailing dogs - besides the explosive detection category - in this new permitted program.


René went the saddest way on February 17: he accompanied his friend and sincere partner Crack on its last walk to the vets office. A few day only prior to its 9th birthday, severe diseses has been detected which do exclude a prospectively dignified life to that extraordinary K9 officer and "man's best friend". Farewell, Crack!

Police Dog Championship, P.D. Zug

Risch Rotkreuz: Faya is police dog champion!

Thursday, 3 November 2011, 12 police working dog teams from the cantons of Zug (ZG), Uri, Nidwalden and Obwalden (UNO) has been recertified as Police Dogs at Rotkreuz.


Ranking (300 points max.):

1. Brefin Markus mit Faya Zuger Polizei, 284 Punkte, vorzüglich
2. Verta Dante mit Arco Zuger Polizei, 280, vorzüglich
3. Suter Manfred mit Pango Zuger Polizei, 271, vorzüglich
4. Sommer Samuel mit Cyron Zuger Polizei, 271, vorzüglich
5. Conny Gisler mit Irax Kapo UR, 266, sehr gut
6. Zimmermann Manuela mit Vital Kapo NW, 264, sehr gut
7. Rubin Thomas mit Yrk Zuger Polizei, 263, sehr gut
8. Marcel Jann mit Polo Kapo UR, 263, sehr gut
9. Holenstein Daniel mit Rako Zuger Polizei, 261, sehr gut
10. Spiess Roger mit Ortus Zuger Polizei, 252, sehr gut
11. Diethelm Toni mit Plexus Kapo, OW 239, gut
12. Reto Herger mit Inouk Zuger Polizei, 211, gut




Picture of the month

Our friend and partner "Tyson" after a succesful bomb sweep operation

September 2011


September 1, 2011

Welcome to the team

Sabine Bauer's youngest partner (5 Monate, 58 cm und 24 kg), Leo:

We wish you both a prosperous future!



Hero of the month

12 June 2011

"Ortus von Testathron" of the Zug police department apprehended three young men after they ignored a police check point in Arth / Schwyz around midnight and drove with a stolen vehicle with 200 kmh+ on the highway A4 away.

Later, the car was found and K9 Ortus searched for all the people at large with great success!



Tracking dog world champion

"Aly vom Hause Patzen", a german shepherd working dog with his handler Erwin Patzen of the Zurich police department achieved the FCI world championship in tracking dogs 2011. Aly is also trained in patrol work and explosive detection.


The world championship took place on 14. - 17. April in Virovitica, Croatia. statt.


Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Melvin Purvis


Col. Purvis entered God's Kingdom on Sunday, March 13, 2011. He lost his last fight... against cancer and died at his home in San Antonio, TX.

He was born March 25, 1934, at Fort Sill, OK. He graduated from Lawton High School in 1952 and attended the University of Oklahoma. He was a true patriot and warrior, serving his country as a soldier, civilian and consultant to the Department of Defense from 1953 until 2008. He was a highly-decorated officer and the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, CIB and numerous other military awards. He was an active member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Sojourners and Shriners.

Ralph supported military K-9 services always and recognized its value in dangerous operations.

We all miss you Ralph!

Lance Corporal Liam Richard Tasker killed in Afghanistan

02 March 2011

It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Lance Corporal Liam Richard Tasker, from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday 1 March 2011.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and Theo

On 1 March 2011, Lance Corporal Tasker was taking part in a patrol with his dog, Theo, when they were engaged by small arms fire, during which Lance Corporal Tasker was struck and died from the injuries he sustained. Sadly, on returning to Camp Bastion, Theo suffered a seizure and died.


11th annual meeting of SMEDDS took place at the Armed Forces College, Lucerne on February 25, 2011





New mission

Erich has left us for a mission to assist security forces in Iraq - mainly Baghdad - with his partner and explosives detector dog yesterday.

We wish him all the best - "stay safe" - and have a good time!




Welcome to the team

We are proud to present you the two youngest members of the SMEDDS family:

Yuma, 03.07.2010


Kero vom Lothar Sturm, 17.12.2010

We hope to meet these two partners in search operations as qualified detector dogs within the next 24 months!

Good luck, buddies!



Man trailing

SMEDDS started in November 2010 with "Man Trailing" trainings for our working dogs (more info in the main menu)


Goodbye Adrian

Adrian Läubli Adrian Läubli, Rothrist, left us after a medical surgery in his young age of 47 years only on September 18, 2010.

In the early 80's, Adrian became one of the youngest decoys with a TKGS licence and has been awarded as a national judge in 1989; he also served as a competent expert for (military) working dogs in Switzerland.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones, his family and his colleagues.

We all miss you,


good bye, Adrian!




Our hero of the month:

"Faro", police dog of the PD Basel-Landschaft for its efficient engagement on 17.09.2010, 0609, in the Biel -Bienne north-west region.


10th annual meeting of SMEDDS took place at Lucerne on April 17, 2010




Dr. Markus Reinhardt

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 26 January 2010

The Swiss Mine & Explosive Detection Dogs Society SMEDDS has with great sadness and regret learned of the tragic death of Colonel Dr. Markus Reinhardt, Commander Cantonal Police Corps, Graubuenden.

During the many years during which we co-operated with him over security issues, we appreciated his professionalism and his kindness. Our thoughts are with his loved ones and his colleagues.


Kurt Schmid

President SMEDDS