Highly trained and active dogs need care by professional handlers, but there are many challenges they face every day. The biggest threat to dogs in east Africa, the Tsetse fly that carries Trypanosomiasis, a parasitic disease that can kill dogs and has claimed many lives. The handlers have to take the dogs temperature twice a day, keep historical records, if they are entering a intense Tsetse fly area, the dogs are protected in fly proof mobile kennels and are covered in Jungle Formula, a lotion that seems to repel the flies. If the flies get too intense, the handlers will pull the dogs or the track.
On a track, the dogs lead with the handler right behind, following them are the security teams, but the two in the lead are very exposed to retaliation from poachers, an ambush or coming across any wild animal that takes offence to them. This needs confident and professional people who care passionately for the dogs well-being.