Steve’s detection dogs check Moreton Island in Queensland for cane toads!
Jennifer Johnston joined Steve on his last visit to understand what he does there.
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.
The Recall Assessment
Steve is one of several certified Assessors for the Canine Detection Certification Council. Five videos were filmed to demonstrate the skill level required for the assessments.
As long as your dog can perform the minimum assessments, it does not matter where your dog was trained.