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Ibolya Gáti

Special Detection Dog trainer, and instructor, European Union Border and Coast Guard Agency canine team instructor

Ibolya Gáti started her career in 2001 at the Hungarian Police. After serving as a patrolman and investigator in her hometown, she signed her contract with the Police Dog Training Centre in 2006. Her motivation for this contract was to become a service dog handler eventually, but being an officer, her chances were somewhat low. She kept on pursuing her dream, though, and five years later, she started her first-ever course – a training for scent ID dog handlers. 

The turning point in Ibolya’s dog training philosophy came in 2012 when she met her mentor, Berthold Gasser from Austria, who was one of the first FRONTEX canine team assessors. She followed his footsteps and became a certified European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) Canine Team Instructor in 2014. Her specializations were general use and product scent detection canine teams. 

After certification, she has been working as an instructor in FRONTEX dog handler and instructor courses. She has also performed assessors’ tasks in FRONTEX courses since 2018.

 From 2016 on, Ibolya has been working as an instructor for the police, border guard, military, and customs in multiple European countries and South Africa. She has also been a dog trainer and consultant for companies that deliver Explosive Detection Dogs for the United Nations, as well as Narcotic Detection and Search and Rescue Dogs for law enforcement organizations around the world.

Ibolya quit the Hungarian Police in 2017, and from that on, she has worked as a dog trainer and canine consultant for private companies.