Ivan and Sonja

Ivan and Sonja Gillham have more than 40 year’s individual experience in the
training of dogs and handlers.  

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As far as is known, they are the only husband and wife team to have worked dogs on various contracts in the minefields of Mocambique.


IVAN has trained both handlers and dogs in specialized scent and protection disciplines, eg. Explosive Detection, Copper Detection, Mine Detection, Patrol Dogs, etc. in various countries – South Africa, Malawi, Indonesia, Iraq, Uganda and Mocambique. He has also participated in the South African Working Dog Invitation Stakes (SAWDIS), and obtained a placing at the S.A. National Schutzhund Trials.

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He worked in Iraq for a couple of years as MDD and EDD handler.

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SONJA  has participated and judged in countless dog trials and competitions in classical obedience, working trials, IWT, IPO and Schutzhund. She has made up Obedience and IWT Champions, obtained first place at the IWT Nationals, and was placed at the National Schutzhund Trials. She has Provincial colours for KUSA and GSD Federation, and represented South Africa at the WUSV World trial in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1997.

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Sonja trained and handled dogs and handlers for demining, and assisted Ivan with training of EDD dogs and handlers in Uganda.

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