How I Became a Conservation Detection Dog Handler

I love talking about my job. I truly think I have one of the coolest jobs in the world. When I’m talking to people about the work I do, I always get asked: how do I get started as a conservation detection dog handler? Of course there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to get into this line of work. I’ll start off …

Can Any Breed be a Conservation Detection Dog?

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. Motivated to search and hunt for rewards. Physically healthy. Emotionally stable and safe to be around a variety of …

What Is a Conservation Detection Dog?

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, they search for things related to conservation biology. Generally, conservation detection dogs sniff for things that fall into a few broad categories: …