Blogs

January 18, 2022

Fringe Alerts with Stacy Barnett

Podcast Show Notes

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks to Stacy Barnett about fringe alerts in detection dogs.  Episode suggestion: Get up and go for a little walk! What is fringing? When a dog alerts to odor outside of the preferred range ...

January 11, 2022

Barley and Kayla Were Called to the Wild

Field Notes

My breath clouded around my face in the cold air as I paused outside the Missoula airport. I paused to put my mask on and readjusted my backpack before leading Barley into the airport. Barley was happy and confident, unaware of what we w...

December 21, 2021

Give Bats a Break with Nate Marshall

Podcast Show Notes

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Charles speak with Nathaniel. They talk about bats, wind farms, and why you should care about the conservation of bats! Episode suggestion: Win friends, not battles. Call to action: Build...

December 2, 2021

How to be a K9 Conservationist

Podcast Show Notes

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla discusses the ins and outs of becoming a K9 Conservationist!  Episode suggestion: It’s okay to not finish a book if you aren’t liking it.  Call to action: Check out our new merch!!  Sugge...

October 19, 2021

Selecting a Conservation Detection Dog

Basics

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla Fratt talks about considerations when choosing a conservation detection dog, sourcing a dog, and screening a dog. Episode suggestion: “Don’t sacrifice clarity at the altar of generosity” ...

October 13, 2021

Off-Leash Etiquette and Ethics

Podcast Show Notes

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla Fratt talks about off-leash etiquette in order to keep your dogs, yourself, others, and the environment safe. Discussed in this Podcast: Off leash is a privilege and owners carry a responsibi...

September 15, 2021

Working with a Teenage Detection Dog

Basics

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla discusses what it is like working with a teenage dog and gives tips and tricks to get your young dog in the world of conservation work. Start small. Niffler searches in small plots, each sear...

August 20, 2021

Midseason Musings: 2021 Summer Update

Updates

We are halfway through our season of finding dead bats on wind farms. This work will help biologists understand trends in how the turbines affect bats, particularly during migration. I am handling Niffler for his first season as a K9 Con...

May 18, 2021

Sourcing Odor with Stacy Barnett

Podcast Show Notes

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Stacy Barnett discuss sourcing. They cover what sourcing is and all you need to know about sourcing and nose-work.  What is sourcing? Dogs driving to the highest concentration of odor It...

March 14, 2021

Can Any Breed be a Conservation Detection Dog?

Basics

Not every dog can cut it as a conservation detection dog. As we discussed in our article “Could My Dog Be a K9 Conservationist,” generally trainers look for dogs that are: High-drive and easily motivated by toys or food or both. Motivate...

February 3, 2021

What Is a Conservation Detection Dog?

Basics

Conservation detection dogs are dogs that are specially trained to sniff out odors related to conservation. They work similarly to bomb, drug, or Search and Rescue dogs – but instead of searching for accelerants, drugs, or missing people...

January 5, 2021

Could My Dog be a K9 Conservationist?

Basics

If you’ve recently learned what conservation detection dogs are, you may be wondering if your beloved Fluffy has what it takes to help protect the planet. Can Any Dog Be Trained to do Conservation Detection Work? Not just any dog can cut...