Canine Conservation Dogs
Our wildlife conservation detection dogs are highly effective when working together with other processes used to locate endangered or invasive species. Our detection dogs have proven to be very successful when entering areas which have not yet been surveyed, to quickly obtain information and statistics for the presence of the species to be located. They are also very effective to check that an area has remained free of feral animals.
Here are some facts:
- A dog can cover a larger area and much quicker than humans. One trial showed a dog was able to locate scats 357% more effectively than humans!
- Our conservation dogs remain more focused for longer periods of time than humans and is not distracted by day to day life.
- Dogs do not have any preconceived concepts of where a species may be located and operate solely by what their nose indicates.
- A dog can work in many environments with the same level of success, such as in cold or hot temperatures, snow, and extreme terrain.
- A human resource is only as good as their electronic equipment and eyesight yet a dog operates with excellent hearing, eyes and a nose that is able to detect the scent at least 1,000 times better than humans.
WHEN SALLY MET HILLARY!
ABC Goulburn Valley produced this great video on Sally that I trained to detect Orange Hawkweed. Sally now works with Hillary Cherry in the Victorian Alps and Kosciusko National Park. Steve believes the most enjoyable aspects of training dogs is the people you meet, the wonderful and important work they do and probably for Steve the most important aspect is their success in the field.
As most trainers will agree, it’s easy to train a dog in a training shed or training environment but the real test comes when they perform in the competition ring or in Sally’s case, produce the goods in the field.
Steve is very proud of both Sally and Hillary and congratulate them as they continue to achieve more success every time they are in the field.