Staff Profiles

Stuart Phillips

Managing Director

Having handled and trained working dogs for over twenty years, Stuart Phillips’ operational expertise is second to none. The tobacco detection dogs he has trained have been used all over the UK by Police, Customs and local government law enforcement officers to locate over 16 million pounds-worth of illegal tobacco products and cigarettes.

During his career, Stuart has worked with dogs of all types including explosive, drugs, firearms, cash, tobacco and mobile phone detection. For two years, he assisted UK Border Force in France, working and training live body detection dogs to locate illegal immigrants trying to cross the English Channel on ferries.

Stuart’s law enforcement career began when he joined the Police at 18. In 1999 he then started his dog handler career, training with Military Working Dogs (MWDs) at the British Armys Defence Animal Centre. Stuart and his MWD Kiaser competed at the MOD Police & Guarding Agency national dog trials, before leaving to establish his company, B.W.Y Canine Ltd.

Stuart and two of his Explosive Detection Dogs (EDDs) Chester and Pip worked at the 2012 London Olympics, ensuring that Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and other high-profile venues were free from explosive threats.

Since 2013, he has focused on the training of tobacco detection dogs and was awarded a commendation in 2017 for his outstanding work with law enforcement agencies in the UK.

Stuart is based in Wales in the UK, where he has kennels and a training facility to accommodate around 25 dogs. Working Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Sprocker Spaniels and Labradors are his breeds of choice for detection dogs, and he supplies both trained and untrained dogs to a number of law enforcement clients in the UK and internationally.

Stuart regularly gives talks and after dinner speeches and demonstrations in addition to running courses for both handlers and dogs. Stuart is often asked to speak at dog training conferences and seminars in the UK and internationally and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with other like minded dog trainers and handlers. He has featured on numerous television programmes for the BBC, ITV, and recently as a dog handler in the 10-part Dog Detectives series for Discovery Channel's Quest Red.

Career highlights:

  • October 2019, Stuart and two of his detection dogs, Scamp and Yoyo received a High Sheriff Commendation from West Mercia Police and the High Sheriff of Herefordshire. The award is in recognition of continued support to West Mercia Police in the enforcement and disruption of serious organised crime.
  • In September 2019 Stuart and one of his detection dogs Scamp received a Special Commendation from the ACG (Anti Counterfeiting Group) for tackling the illegal tobacco trade in the UK, using specialist detection dogs.
  • In 2008 Stuart received a medal from the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police for his contribution to policing. 
  • In recognition of his outstanding work as a dog handler and trainer for assisting law enforcement agencies to locate and seize millions of pounds-worth of illegal tobacco and cigarettes, Stuart received a commendation from the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) in 2017.


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John Codd

Senior Search Dog Instructor and Search Advisor

With an incredible career in dog handling, B.W.Y Canine were thrilled to welcome John to the team in 2014. 

John’s experience of dog handling stems from a farming background in West Wales training and working sheepdogs and gundogs. After joining South Wales Police as a uniform officer in 1978, he transferred to the Dog Section five years later. 

From then, he has provided a wealth of practical and consultative support through various roles and has trained and been responsible for over one hundred general and specialist dog teams, from firearms to explosives to search and rescue.

 Career highlights:

  • Introduced tactical firearm support dog capabilities to the Welsh region.  
  • Seconded to A.C.P.O to re-write the National Explosive Search Dog Manual in conjunction with the National Police Search Centre at Bramshill.
  • Responsible for regional refresher and continuation training 
  • High profile searches in Edinburgh and Glasgow for the Commonwealth Conference, the European Summit and Lords Cricket Ground.
  • Inspected the main high profile private security companies involved with the 2012 London Olympics. 
  • Officer in Charge of South Wales Regional Dog Training School 
  • Pioneered a puppy development programme for the replacement of operational police dogs. 
  • Trained a border collie to assist Southampton/Bournemouth University to investigate the exact substances and variance between live scent, cadaver and blood scenting capabilities.  

Since retiring from the Police Service in 2010, John is now a highly sought-after consultant, working on high profile events nationally and internationally for both the public and private sector.

John’s accolades include numerous professional dog training qualifications, membership of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, Inspector/Instructor for the National Inspectorate for Professional Dog Users and many commendations including the Chief Constable’s Certificate of Commendation.

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Dave Padfield

Search Dog Instructor, Search Advisor & CBRN Specialist

Explosive Search Dog Specialist, Counter-Terrorist Advisor and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Specialist. 

Joining B.W.Y Canine in 2016, David’s specialist experience in explosive search dogs,  counter-terrorism and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence (CBRN) complements the team perfectly. 

After working as a response police officer for Thames Valley Police, David began general purpose dog handling in 1983, before moving to the explosives dog search unit. He brings knowledge and experience gained from over 27 years of dog handling.

Career highlights:

  • As a Counter Terrorist Advisor, averaged over 220 explosive searches a year 
  • Police Search Advisor (PolSA) responsible for planning Counter Terrorist and high risk missing person searches within Thames Valley 
  • Dealt with complex and critical issues during planning and operation of high profile events in the Windsor and Maidenhead Police area, including state visits, royal weddings, royal funerals, Royal Ascot and the Royal Windsor Triathlon
  • Qualified to use a variety of specialist equipment, including portable x-ray equipment, HazMat ID and breathing apparatus.

David has received three Chief Constables Commendations, for courage and professionalism during a terrorist attack at Reading Railway Station, for commitment and professionalism when off duty, and for exceptional commitment to duty and extremely high professional standards. 

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B.W.Y Canine Ltd


Tel: +44 (0) 1437 563 999

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Formed in 2009, B.W.Y CANINE is now a leading supplier of specialist detection dogs for UK and international clients. B.W.Y CANINE provides a range of sniffer dog services to a very diverse range of clients for detecting Drugs, Explosives, Firearms and Counterfeit Tobacco. Our clients include Police Services, Trading Standards, Private Companies, NHS Trusts, Oil Refineries and the 3rd largest Port Authority in the UK.

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