Books to Read for Conservation Detection Dog Handlers

Getting into the field of conservation detection dog work can be incredibly difficult. There simply aren’t many jobs, and the jobs that do exist are highly competitive. We have discussed ways to enter the conservation detection dog field in podcast episodes including “Making It as a Conservation Dog Handler” and “How to be a K9 Conservationist.” If you’re interested in …

Introducing Conservation Correspondent Dr. Charles van Rees

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla introduces Dr. Charles van Rees. Charles has been on the show before, but will now make a more regular appearance as K9 Conservationists new Conservation Correspondent. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Charles’ episode on Rewildology for more on his backstory and work Great Big Data Nerdfest Part 1 Great Big Data Nerdfest Part …

Selecting a Conservation Detection Dog

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” Call to action: Join Patreon!  Discussed in this Podcast: Considerations: Make a list of your must haves from a lifestyle perspective to help which type of …

Too Much “Structure” Compromises Your Working Dog’s Welfare

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla discusses the structure and welfare of a conservation detection dog! This episode is heavily inspired by Sarah Stremming’s Cog Dog Radio Podcast Episode titled “Drive, Deprivation, and Desperation”.  Be careful to not label desperation or deprivation as drive Limited your dogs access to toys or other fun in order to “build drive”, it …

Working with a Teenage Detection Dog

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 search only commencing around 15 minutes at a time.  While conservation detection can be unpredictable, it’s best to find …