Dogs Detecting Data
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Dogs are especially helpful at finding small or cryptic plants that evade human searchers or searching large areas quickly. Our dogs are efficient even when discriminating between closely related plants.
Dogs are incredibly useful for finding scat, carcasses, and nests. They are able to find samples from subordinate and juvenile individuals that human searchers may miss.
Our team has experience screening all types of watercraft for invasive mussels. Dogs are also useful for identifying remnant or pioneer populations of hard-to-find invertebrates.
- Dogs are 19x more efficient and 153% more accurate in a study on their efficacy finding koala scat (Cristescue et al., 2015)
- Dogs are able to search for multiple targets at once and collect data non-invasively
- Dogs are mobile and hardy, even in challenging field conditions
- Donors, schoolgroups, and other education groups love hearing about and meeting our ambassador conservation detection dogs
- Detection dog teams only took 2 days to detect a bobcat compared to 7-8 weeks for a camera trap (Clare et al., 2014).
- Our dogs are highly trained and able to work on- or off-leash for the safety of wildlife and the public
- We train our dogs using the Humane Hierarchy framework of dog training and are at the forefront of working animal welfare.
- Our teams complete double-blind odor recognition tests prior to fieldwork, whenever possible.