Dr. Esther Schalke

Esther Schalke has been active in dog sports since her youth. A short time later, she became asearch and rescue dog handler in the field of area search and rubble search at the BRH (Federal Association of Rescue Dogs).

Not only through the training of various dog types and breeds, but also through her many years of experience in the field, Esther Schalke has extensive knowledge in this area of work.

This knowledge was then expanded with her Bloodhound in a further field, mantrailing. Esther Schalke went on countless missions for the police in North Rhine-Westphalia with her Bloodhound.

Since 2014, a new field of activity has been added and Esther Schalke’s interest in hunting work was aroused. She has already successfully led her Labrador dog through hunting tests several times and participated in various hunts as a dog handler.

Esther Schalke’s professional career began at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, where she studied veterinary medicine and received her doctorate in 2000.

Esther was a research assistant with a doctorate for many years at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover in the research areas of aggression in dogs, temperament tests in dogs and learning behaviour. Numerous publications on the above-mentioned topics were published.

Esther Schalke has been a chamber recognised specialist in animal behaviour since 2008 and a de facto Diplomate ECVBM-CA since 2009.

Since 2000, there has been cooperation with the State Office for Further Training and Personnel Matters, the police in North Rhine-Westphalia. and a contractual activity of training and education of hard surface tracking dogs with the police in Lower Saxony.

Esther Schalke is a speaker for seminars, further education and training for police, customs and military in various countries. These include Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, China, Italy, Finland and the USA.

Esther Schalke is a founding member of the Centre for Applied Ethology and Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, Lupologic GmbH, now Kynoscience UG, established in 2009.

She has been a board member of the International Working Dog Breeding Association (IWDBA) since 2017.

At the beginning of 2019, Esther Schalke began a new professional phase, since then she has been working at the German Armed Forces School for Service Dogs.