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K9 Conservationists

By Kayla Fratt

Welcome to the K9 Conservationists podcast, where we’re positively obsessed with conservation detection dogs! Join us every week as we discuss detection dogs, ecology, conservation, dog behavior, training, and much more.

K9 Conservationists is hosted by Kayla Fratt, CDBC and co-founder of K9 Conservationists. Along with her two co-founders, she trains dogs to detect data. Support the work we do at patreon.com/k9conservationists.
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Sourcing Shelter Dogs with Katie Brennan (Part 1 of 2)
Sourcing Shelter Dogs with Katie Brennan (Part 1 of 2)
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Katie Brennan from Search Dog Foundation about sourcing shelter dogs for work.  How do shelters know to reach out? ie, what do they see in the dog? Energy level Age Breed: lab, golden, aussie, border collie, mal/dutchie, gsd, + mixes Reaction to strange people and dogs What do they do with toys? Cleared by veterinarian team How do you screen dogs? 6-10 foot pass between candidate dog and neutral dog or parallel walk. Remove dog from crate/kennel/car. Retrieves and possession. Field hunt Noise response/startle test. Rubble pile Links Mentioned in the Episode: None Where to find Katie: Website | Instagram | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:11:49
November 29, 2022
Patreon Questions with Meg Barnes
Patreon Questions with Meg Barnes
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla is back with our patron Meg Barnes to answer some of her questions! Science Highlight: None Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find Meg: Instagram | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:27:16
November 22, 2022
Certifications with Robin Greubel
Certifications with Robin Greubel
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Robin Greubel from K9Sensus about certifying detection dogs. Science Highlight: None A certification is a snapshot of the skills that have proven to be predictors of success in the field Some skill sets to consider during testing are refocusing after distraction, independent dogs (handler not assisting in finding the hides), and successful clears There are different kinds of detection dogs (conservation, search and rescue, cadaver, etc.), so one type of certification will not necessarily fit all others, so it would be difficult to create one kind of certification for ALL detection dogs Being certified does not make you operational, being certified is like getting your learners permit Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find Robin: Website | Facebook | Instagram  You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:31:21
November 15, 2022
Training Expert Dogs to Hand-Off to Amateurs with Miranda Turenne
Training Expert Dogs to Hand-Off to Amateurs with Miranda Turenne
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Miranda Turenne from Pacific Assistance Dogs Society about Assistance Dogs. Science Highlight: Canine Olfaction: Scent, Sign, and Situation How do you prep dogs for new/green handlers? Selection of the dogs is important Dogs that are highly biddable and highly task oriented Building foundation skills to fluency Training system created with the transfer to the client in mind Clean cues, proofing, generalization How do you prep handlers for dogs? Can any handler (any dog) do this transition? Service dogs are not always the best choice, so the client must be prepared for a lifestyle change with a lot of work Proper matching helps with preparation Educational hours to ensure client is prepared with how to care for the dog In person hand off course to learn the tasks and behaviors as well as care Continuing education What causes hiccups? Training Incompatibility Reinforcement history Lack of training mechanics in clients Do you offer brush-up training or support? As much or as little as the client needs/wants Yearly recertification Links Mentioned in the Episode: Training Without Conflict Where to find Miranda: Website | Advanced Dogs Instagram | PADS Instagram | Miranda’s Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:30:46
November 08, 2022
Getting Published 101
Getting Published 101
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Dr. Charles van Rees, our conservation correspondent, about getting research published. Science Highlight: None How is getting published in academia the same, or different from other publications? There are two major misconceptions: 1) that it’s the same as other kinds of publishing, 2) that is different than other kinds of publishing (in being somehow infallible) What’s next? How do you find partners to co-author a paper? How do you assemble your Avengers team? How do you target a journal? How do you know who’s a good fit for your paper? Do you write to fit their style? How long should it be? Like do you know ahead of time, or is it just ruthlessly edited later? How do you submit? Can you just submit cold? Can you do this without a master’s or will you just get rejected immediately? How do you deal with peer review? What happens after acceptance? What’s normal for self-promotion and sharing? Links Mentioned in the Episode: Dogs, Personality, and Breeds Podcast Data Carpentry Where to find Charles: Website | Blog | Instagram | Twitter You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:17:40
November 01, 2022
Preventing Wildlife Chasing with Alisa Healy
Preventing Wildlife Chasing with Alisa Healy
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Alisa Healy from Dog Forward Training about wildlife chasing. Science Highlight: Training methodology for canine scent detection of a critically endangered lagomorph: a conservation case study Links Mentioned in the Episode: Episode with Esther Mathews Where to find Alisa: Website | Facebook | Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:00:44
October 25, 2022
Invasive Species with Dr. Charles van Rees
Invasive Species with Dr. Charles van Rees
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Dr. Charles van Rees, our Conservation Correspondent, about invasive species. Science Highlight: None What makes a species invasive? Generalists Fast-reproducing Behavioral flexibility Lack predators/pressures Harmful to the ecosystem in general Why do they matter? Conservation implications Economic losses (statistics) How do they work? Arrival Propagules Establishment Secondary spread How do people deal with them? EDRR & related surveying Tier system from PRISM Tier 1 – Early Detection/Prevention – Highest level of survey efforts. Should conduct delineation surveys and assign to appropriate Tier if detected. (a) inside buffer but not in PRISM, (b) outside PRISM and buffer, but close (eastern North America), (c) Far outside PRISM and buffer (not in east NA) but introduction pathway exists. Tier 2 – Eradication – Highest level of response efforts. High impact species with low enough abundance to make eradication feasible within the PRISM. Need delineation surveys to determine extent. Tier 3 – Containment – Target strategic management to slow the spread, as likely too widespread for eradication, but many surrounding regions could be at risk if left unattended. Tier 4- Local Control – Eradication from given area not feasible; focus on localized management over time to contain, exclude, or suppress to protect high-priority resources like rare species or recreation assets. Be strategic when deciding if/where to control Tier 5 (Monitor) – Species that need more research, mapping, and monitoring to understand their invasiveness. This includes naturalized species and cultivated-only species that are known to be invasive in other regions but are not yet invasive here Links Mentioned in the Episode: Why are invasive species bad? Ted Talk Where to find Charles: Website | Blog | Instagram | Twitter  You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:19:54
October 18, 2022
Stimulus Control with Sarah Owings
Stimulus Control with Sarah Owings
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Sarah Owings about Stimulus Control. Science Highlight: "Reactivity to Stimuli” Is a Temperamental Factor Contributing to Canine Aggression What is stimulus control? Understanding that the environment has an influence on behavior Ex: if you’re really tired, the presence of the bed (stimulus), it’s going to be reinforcing to go lay down on it.Therefore the bed is the stimulus controlling the behavior to lay down, and the reinforcement is feeling good from laying down. It is happening all the time, every day Stimulus control is more than impulse control Fluency goes hand in hand with stimulus control as well. A behavior is not fluent if its not under stimulus control Clear rules, routine, and consistency can help with stimulus control as well Cue THEN move Similar to click then treat. Cue then present a toy, cue then throw, etc. A trick to help put a behavior on stimulus control Cue first, then move your body or present the item Links Mentioned in the Episode: None Where to find Sarah Owings: Tromplo Courses | Facebook | Cyber Dog Online You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:09:35
October 11, 2022
Mid Season Musings
Mid Season Musings
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks candidly about some mid-season musings.  Links Mentioned in the Episode: None You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
50:30
October 04, 2022
Predation Substitute with Simone Mueller
Predation Substitute with Simone Mueller
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Simone Mueller about Predation Substitute Training. Science Highlight: Performance of Pugs, German Shepherds, and Greyhounds (Canis lupus familiaris) on an odor-discrimination task What is predation substitute training? A force free protocol to stop predatory chasing. What are the steps? Management/prevention: stay in contact with the dog while out, keep the dog on-path, perimeter training Tools: calmness around wildlife, so the dog can still think and perform alternative behavior (stand and watch). The deal is you can stand/watch but not chase. All parts of predatory sequence are inherently reinforcing, so we can allow them to eye/stalk without chase/bite Alternative reinforcement, outlet through predation games Interrupter (recall) What are the first signs of predation? Observing - there is no trigger yet, but they are looking for one. This is the time to get involved. Stalking - they are focused on the prey, tense and arrow shaped body language, creeping forward Chase - high level of arousal, hard to train anything here Capture & consume - ideally you will never get to this point Links Mentioned in the Episode: None Where to find Simone Mueller: Website | Facebook | Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:03:07
September 27, 2022
Breeding Functional Working Dogs with Dr. Jessica Heckman
Breeding Functional Working Dogs with Dr. Jessica Heckman
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Dr. Jessica Heckman from Dog Zombie about Breeding Functional Dogs. Science Highlight: Advancing Genetic Selection and Behavioral Genomics of Working Dogs Through Collaborative Science What is functional breeding? The population is no more at risk of X disease than the dog population as a whole. Also prioritizing behavioral wellness over looks or closed stud books. No elevated risk of separation anxiety, etc. What are common pitfalls breeding programs can run into? Not bringing in dogs from outside of the population You aren’t going to get to the goal and sit there - you have to keep working at it while you have it “It's not about the first generation, it’s about the population and the direction you are moving the population towards” - Dr. Jessica Heckman What tests are mission critical? It depends on the breed/mix The very first step would go to the breed club and see what tests they recommends Then start talking to other breeders in the breed and learn about what issues the breed has For mixed breeds, you should test for everything each purebred parent should be tested for, but it’s hard to say Links Mentioned in the Episode: Pet genomics medicine runs wild Where Do Good Dogs Come From Where to find Dr. Jessica Heckman: Website | Functional Dog Collaborative You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:11:53
September 20, 2022
Airports to Moors: Invasive Species Mitigation with Grant Blackley
Airports to Moors: Invasive Species Mitigation with Grant Blackley
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Grant Blackley from Orkney Native Wildlife Project about transitioning from airport screening detection dogs to working with conservation detection dogs. Science Highlight: Olfaction-based Detection Distance: A Quantitative Analysis of How Far Away Dogs Recognize Tortoise Odor and Follow It to Source What is similar between airport detection and conservation detection? Dog care is the same; health checks, etc. Training foundations are similar Educating the public is the same for both What things are different? Quick controlled rewards in the airport vs toy rewards for conservation Dogs on leash at all times in the airport, can be off leash for conservation Taught to speak a lot to airport detection dogs, but not for conservation Overall search styles are different Small differences in training elements All airport dogs are trained the same, conservation dogs trained individually Different hours of work, different work environment More human sided work with airport detection vs conservation There is more work and funding for airport detection Links Mentioned in the Episode: None Where to find Grant Blackley: Website | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
53:56
September 13, 2022
What are Getxent Tubes? Gregory Herin
What are Getxent Tubes? Gregory Herin
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Gregory Herin from Getxent to discuss Getxent tubes.  Science Highlight: Noninvasive Identification of Herpetofauna: Pairing Conservation Dogs and Genetic Analysis  Links Mentioned in the Episode:  University of Otago Graduate Thesis  Getxent Product Sheet Where to find Getxent: Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter  You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists.
47:08
September 06, 2022
Thinking Bigger with Meg Parker
Thinking Bigger with Meg Parker
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Meg Parker from the Center for Large Landscape Conservation to discuss thinking bigger in the world of conservation detection dogs.  Science Highlight: Factors That May Affect the Success of Scent Detection Dogs: Exploring Nonconventional Models of Preparation and Deployment  What does it mean to be “thinking bigger” in the field of conservation detection?  Work with academics more; ask more questions  Get more precise and better sampling  Look into better study designs  Continue expanding the field  Improve relationships with study designers, scientists, veterinarians, etc.  Improve welfare and training  Think beyond what is easiest and the way things have always been done  Where are you in the world and what are the issues there?  What can you do to help?  Think with a direction in mind and not just always going in and counting.  Where to find Meg Parker: Website  You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
21:43
August 30, 2022
Top 2 Questions Part 2: How Did You Select Your Conservation Detection Dog?
Top 2 Questions Part 2: How Did You Select Your Conservation Detection Dog?
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla hosts multiple guests as they answer one of the top questions conservation dog handlers get: how did you select your conservation detection dog? You can find our guests online here: Jo Lock:     Website | Instagram | Facebook Lindsay Ware:    Website | Instagram | Facebook Conservation Dog Collective:  Website | Instagram | Facebook Rachel Hamre:   Instagram Arden Blumenthal   Website | Instagram Abby Smith     Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
37:40
August 23, 2022
Roundtable: How Did You Get into the World of Conservation Detection?
Roundtable: How Did You Get into the World of Conservation Detection?
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla hosts multiple guests as they answer one of the top questions conservation dog handlers get: how do you get into the world of conservation detection? Jo Lock's reply begins at 4:27 Lindsay Ware's reply begins at 10:48 Laura Holder starts at 18:19 Rachel Hamre's reply begins at 26:55 Arden Blumenthal starts at 29:55 You can find our guests online here: Jo Lock:     Website | Instagram | Facebook Lindsay Ware:    Website | Instagram | Facebook Conservation Dog Collective:  Website | Instagram | Facebook Rachel Hamre:   Instagram Arden Blumenthal   Website | Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
33:05
August 16, 2022
Growing as Consultants for Scat Dog Teams: A Co-Founder Conversation
Growing as Consultants for Scat Dog Teams: A Co-Founder Conversation
In this episode, we sit down with Heather Nootbaar and Rachel Hamre, cofounders of K9 Conservationists. We dive into the work we did in Kenya, especially what Heather and Rachel worked on after Kayla went home. We also discuss what we found surprising, inspiring, challenging, and fun about working with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. We talk about our future hopes for the team with Action for Cheetahs and what we're hoping to do better next time we're hired as outside consultants for a scat dog program.  You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
43:37
August 09, 2022
Combining a Love of Dogs with Conservation with Co-Founder Heather Nootbaar
Combining a Love of Dogs with Conservation with Co-Founder Heather Nootbaar
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla interviews co-founder Heather. They discuss how Heather got into the world of conservation detection dogs, her experience before K9 Conservationists, and how she met Kayla.  Science Highlight: Using Scent Detection Dogs in Conservation Settings: A Review of Scientific Literature Regarding Their Selection We Discuss: Heather's dad, who showed bearded collies when she was a kid Heather's history as a zoology major in college, then working in zoos and wolf sanctuaries How diving way into animal behavior and dog training landed Heather a job with conservation dogs K9 Ellie's temperament and how that challenged Heather to grow How Heather made money and survived financially through unpaid internships How Heather selected Ellie for work - and what she'll do differently next time The pros and cons of working with a dog who's more food-driven than toy-driven What Heather learned in a K9 Nosework class that helped (and didn't help) as a working dog handler The hiccups Ellie and Heather experienced during their first wind farm job How Kayla and Heather met and joined forces Where Heather is excited to see the field progress in the future Links Mentioned in the Episode: Ep. 15: Puppy Temperament Tests Aren’t That Predictive With Dr. James Ha You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
53:18
August 02, 2022
Get to Know K9 Conservationists Co-Founder Rachel Hamre
Get to Know K9 Conservationists Co-Founder Rachel Hamre
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla interviews co-founder Rachel Hamre. They discuss how Rachel first got into dog training, her many jobs as a field tech, how she and Kayla met, Rachel’s season handling Barley, and her journey with her new dog Suki. Science Highlight: Why Sniff Fast? The Relationship Between Sniff Frequency, Odor Discrimination, and Receptor Neuron Activation in the Rat (https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/jn.90981.2008)  Links Mentioned in the Episode:  You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
41:14
July 26, 2022
Detection Puppy Raising Questions with Meg Barnes from Detection for Good
Detection Puppy Raising Questions with Meg Barnes from Detection for Good
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla answers some questions from Patron Meg! We discuss when and how to introduce alerts, target odors, and a variety of life skills. We also talk about whether or not sports and other "hobbies" may harm your detection K9's performance and much more. Science Highlight: Search strategies for conservation detection dogs Links Mentioned in the Episode: Playlist of all of Niffler's training sessions @detectionforgood on Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
58:20
July 19, 2022
Safe Animal Interactions with Skylos Ecology Team
Safe Animal Interactions with Skylos Ecology Team
In this bonus episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with the Skylos Ecology Team, Tracey Lyten and Fiona Jackson, to discuss how to work safely around wildlife and livestock.  What are your expectations/goals around detection dogs and wildlife? Safety is top priority! Teaching the dog that the animal is there, they can acknowledge them, but not disturb them We don’t just want the dogs to bother wildlife, but we want them to be able to work around them as well It’s important for the handlers to be prepared for any and all hazards that you may come across  Why is appropriate behavior around wildlife important? Safety for the dogs and wildlife. Ensuring the job can get done and proper data can be collected. To give clients confidence in the method and remain professional and ethical in the business.  How do you select a dog that would be able to learn these skills? Testing dogs natural instinct around other animals; it takes a lot of work to teach a dog to not chase if they have the drive for it, but it is possible. Their life at home will have an impact on work. What are skills taught to dogs to work in the conservation detection line of work? Emergency stops and recalls. Wait, out of sight stays. All skills from a distance. Car/road safety. Good manners around other domesticated animals. General wildlife interaction training, aka just existing with them and not chasing, etc. Links Mentioned in the Episode:   Where to find Sylos Ecology Team: Website | Facebook | Instagram | ACDN Conference You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:12:41
July 12, 2022
Growing as a Handler with Edwin Kimutai from Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
Growing as a Handler with Edwin Kimutai from Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Edwin, a conservation dog handler at Actions for Cheetahs in Kenya. Kayla spent 6 weeks with Edwin and Naomi helping move the program forward before Heather and Rachel (also from K9 Conservationists) arrived to spend about a month each with the program. Stay tuned for more updates! Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find ACK: Website | Facebook | Vaccination Facebook Page | Go Fund Me You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
22:46
July 05, 2022
Learning and Laughing with Naomi Kung'u from Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
Learning and Laughing with Naomi Kung'u from Action for Cheetahs in Kenya
In this bonus episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Naomi, one of the conservation dog handlers at Actions for Cheetahs in Kenya that she spent 6 weeks with before Heather and Rachel arrived in Kenya.. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find ACK: Website | Facebook | Vaccination Facebook Page | Go Fund Me You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
48:46
June 28, 2022
Leveraging Terrier Instincts with Miriam Ritchie
Leveraging Terrier Instincts with Miriam Ritchie
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Miriam Ritchie from the New Zealand Department of Conservation about leveraging your dog’s instincts to conduct a job. Science Highlight: Impact of weather conditions on cheetah monitoring with scat detection dogs Patreon Questions: Taylor: Are they hunting the rodents? Does that affect her selection? Taylor: How has the welcome been with this project? Megan: How do you introduce the rodents in training? Do you use wild caught, captive bred, or domestic animals in training? Links Mentioned in the Episode: The success of using trained dogs to locate sparse rodents in pest-free sanctuaries Where to find Miriam Ritchie:  Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:08:07
June 21, 2022
Hide Placements for Training Success with SAR Handler  Ann McGloon
Hide Placements for Training Success with SAR Handler Ann McGloon
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Ann McGloon from Seeking Scent about precision tracking and using hide placement to get the most learning application for your dogs. Science Highlight: Wildlife detection dog training: A case study on achieving generalization between target odor variations while retaining specificity All dogs know how to sniff. Do they all know how to problem-solve? A lot of dogs, especially pet dogs, have forgotten how to use their nose and their olfactory abilities Depends on the dog, but sometimes they need to be encouraged to problem solve. What concepts can we teach our detection dogs by using hide placement? Why would we want to use placement to teach these skills? Olfaction isn’t the only cue dogs are using to solve the problem. Location, location, location. Train the environment they are going to be searching. This will help create more efficient searches because you are giving them exposure to what they are going to be experiencing on the field. Patreon Questions: Janna: How do we incorporate handler movement and hide placement for training? Especially with the goal of accurate but effectively progressing through searches in wilderness? Megan: How do you teach the dog to differentiate between visual aids and odor? For instance, I came across a company selling scent work hides, but they're in fun shapes and bright colors, which may make the hide more noticeable. If you use things like that in training, how do you guarantee that the dog is searching for the odor and not searching for the hide itself? Megan: Odor contamination is a big issue in the competition scent work world. Is this a concern in conservation detection? Can odor contamination in the search environment be used to teach the dog to differentiate between residual odor and the actual source of odor? You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:12:49
June 14, 2022
Collaboration, Invasive Plants, and Insects with Arden from New York New Jersey Trail Conference
Collaboration, Invasive Plants, and Insects with Arden from New York New Jersey Trail Conference
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Arden from the New York New Jersey Trail Conference about her work helping build coalitions and use detection dogs to mitigate invasive insect and plant infestations. Science Highlight: Detection dogs in nature conservation: A database on their world-wide deployment with a review on breeds used and their performance compared to other methods Patreon Questions: Megan - How did you get land managers on board? Bronwen - What’s the best way to collect and store insect samples? Are there special considerations about decay? Megan - What unique challenges are there to working with insect targets for detection dogs? Ashley - Aside from identifying and removing invasives, what is NYNJTC doing to prevent their spread? Links Mentioned in the Episode: Insert the Doug video Where to find Arden:  Website | Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:08:18
June 07, 2022
Clean Training for High Drive Dogs with Sarah Owings
Clean Training for High Drive Dogs with Sarah Owings
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Sarah Owings from Cyber Dog Online Training about clean mechanics for training and working with high drive dogs. Science Highlight: Detecting small and cryptic animals by combining thermography and a wildlife detection dog Why do mechanics matter? Clarity shapes all learning. The clearer you are with your dog, the more successful they will be. Before you blame the dog, be sure your mechanics are clean and communication is consistent and clear. What problems can poor mechanics cause? Dogs may steal food or toys from you, bark, whine, zoomie, etc. This is all from a lack of communication What are some human-end behaviors that can cause miscommunication? Lumping criteria (ie. jumping too many steps at once) Having no criteria/winging it Sessions that are too long Lack of reinforcement strategies What are some mechanics or exercises to improve handler to dog communication? Make sure the criteria is doable and raise the criteria slowly over time Reinforcement pattern games; can you give a dog a reward and they will know exactly where it’s going to be (in the mouth, tossed, on the ground, etc.)? If your dog is sniffing around a lot for the rewards, treat in a dish on the ground to clean up the loop Are there situations where switching up the type of food or toy is a good idea? Switching to a lower value reward may just be a crutch. It is important to find what was causing the frustration, because chances are it wasn’t that the reward was too high value. If you are having issues, you may be holding out longer than the dog can handle. The dog needs to know how to earn the reward, no matter what. Choice of reinforcement can make your delivery mechanics better or worse. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find Sarah Ownings:  Website | Tromplo | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:22:01
May 31, 2022
Intelligent Disobedience and Cue Hierarchies with Tony Harvey
Intelligent Disobedience and Cue Hierarchies with Tony Harvey
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Tony Harvey about intelligent disobedience. Review Highlight: JPinCB says “Kayla’s authentic, enthusiastic interest in all of her guests and topics, paired with her knowledge in a variety of scientific fields makes this podcast fun, interesting, and informative. If you have any interest in dogs, nature, travel, science, even pursuing your dreams, you will love this podcast.” What is intelligent disobedience? When the dog goes directly against the handler's cue in an effort to make the better or safer decision (ie. A guide dog not crossing the road when asked when there is a vehicle coming). How do  you teach this? This is taught by training dogs different behaviors for different contingencies A high level of reinforcement is given for these behaviors How do you teach handlers to respond to this? Many sessions with and without the dog The handlers need to learn what each behavior feels like Patreon Questions: Are there specific dog traits that make this training easier/more successful? - From Taylor Do you factor in the need for intelligent disobedience when choosing a prospect? - From Megan For different types of dog personalities, how does he approach this kind of training, and some problem solving examples? - From Jana Links Mentioned in the Episode: Red/Green Light Paper Where to find Tony Harvey:  Guide Dogs UK | Youtube | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
48:17
May 24, 2022
Poop is Brown Gold with Misa Winters & Tara Wilson
Poop is Brown Gold with Misa Winters & Tara Wilson
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Misa Winters and Tara Wilson about laboratory analysis of scat after field collection. Science Highlight: Duration of urination does not change with body size What can we learn from our scat samples? Genetic analysis (what species, what individual, what did it eat, sex typing) Morphological diet analysis (fur, bones, teeth, plants, insects) Microbiome (bacteria and immune system interaction) Parasites, pathogen analysis (bacteria and viral disease) Hormonal analysis (stress, pregnancy, nutrition, relative age) Age (isotope data) Hormones in particular are great from scat because it is more representative of an animal over time, versus a blood sample which is a smaller snapshot in time and could be skewed by the stress of capturing or darting an animal. What questions from samples are harder/easier to answer? Easier: Species ID from mitochondrial DNA (if you have good reference data) Prey analysis (if you have a targeted strategy - e.g. it’s hard to use a single genetic marker to analyze ALL prey but it depends on if you’re looking for mammals, birds, fish, etc.) Pregnancy (but actually need three assays estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone which can also point to a juvenile or adult). Stress - is it nutritional or environmental (T3 or cortisol) Harder: Individual capture-mark-recapture since it uses nuclear DNA and relies on a good resampling scheme. How many animals are on the landscape? Especially when using prey data, you have to make a lot of assumptions about how many predators can eat from the same prey species. We also know that DNA from prey is not equally represented after digestion, it will depend on the tissue ingested too. Where to find Misa Winters:  Website | Instagram | Lab Instagram Where to find Tara Wilson: Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:34:08
May 17, 2022
Kenya & K9 Conservationists Update
Kenya & K9 Conservationists Update
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla provides an update on what she has been doing in Kenya, announces the new K9 Conservationist course, and answers some questions from patrons. Links Mentioned in the Episode: K9 Conservationists Course You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
49:59
May 10, 2022
Breeding Detection Dogs Part 2 with Kate Graham
Breeding Detection Dogs Part 2 with Kate Graham
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla is back for part two with Kate Graham from Katalyst Kennels about breeding detection dogs. Science Highlight: Effects of maternal investment, temperament, and cognition on guide dog success What is important to consider for pregnant broods? Appropriate exercise for pregnant broods to keep them fit, which is better and safer for whelping and recovery Gestational appropriate diet Puzzles and enrichment post birth can help dogs meet their enrichment needs while still looking after the puppies What is important to consider for puppy raising? Avidog or Puppy Culture are great to follow for puppies, or a mix of both Links Mentioned in the Episode: Avidog Puppy Culture Maybe link Pandemic Puppy episodes? Where to find Kate Graham:  Website | Instagram | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:12:17
May 03, 2022
Breeding Detection Dogs Part 1 with Kate Graham
Breeding Detection Dogs Part 1 with Kate Graham
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Kate Graham from Katalyst Kennels about breeding detection dogs. Science Highlight: Effects of maternal investment, temperament, and cognition on guide dog success What health testing is important in the field? Pay attention to health conditions in the breed, like orthopedics (OFA hips and elbows), echocardiograms, and eyes Look at the breadth of pedigree, not just the dog itself General genetic testing to find carriers What about successful sporting dogs with less-solid pedigrees? Looking for dogs that work independently, highly motivated, and handler resilient in terms of performance Then see if the health related issues can be bred with a complimentary pedigree Behavioral issues are not worth the risk Sometimes this won’t be successful, but other times it will be Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find Kate Graham:  Website | Instagram | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:02:13
April 26, 2022
A Possible Solution for the Bat and Wind Farm Crisis with Jo Lock
A Possible Solution for the Bat and Wind Farm Crisis with Jo Lock
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Jo Lock of Nose No Limit and Conservation Dogs Collective regarding her paper about using antecedent arrangement to help reduce bat fatalities on wind farms. Science Highlight: The relationship between number of training sessions per week and learning in dogs **Link the Jo Lock paper Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find Jo Lock:  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Conservation Dogs Collective You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
51:59
April 19, 2022
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya - BONUS Episode
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya - BONUS Episode
In this bonus episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Mary Wykstra from Carnivores, Livelihoods and Landscapes, about the work they are doing with Actions for Cheetahs in Kenya. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find Mary Wykstra: Website | Facebook | Vaccination Facebook Page | Go Fund Me You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
53:01
April 14, 2022
Unusual Sniffer Dogs and Blood Tracking with Lindsay Ware
Unusual Sniffer Dogs and Blood Tracking with Lindsay Ware
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Lindsay Ware of Science Dogs of New England about breed selection for unique uses, big game tracking, and more! Science Highlight: Effects of learning an increasing number of odors on olfactory learning, memory and generalization in detection dogs Different dogs place different priorities that we really have to be on top of How do you start training a dog for tracking? Similar to the conservation world with hides, but instead they are mock trails using animal blood or animal hooves The goal is to not be 100% realistic, but to be able to gradually increase the difficulty Train alongside an experienced dog Links Mentioned in the Episode: Last Track: Trailer - YouTube United Blood Trackers Tracking Dogs for Finding Wounded Deer Where to find Lindsay Ware:  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Tracking Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:08:51
April 12, 2022
Conservation Canines: How Dogs work for the Environment
Conservation Canines: How Dogs work for the Environment
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Isabelle Groc about her book Conservation Canines: How Dogs Work for the Environment. Science Highlight: Performance of detection dogs and visual searches for scat detection and discrimination amongst related species with identical diets Have you read Conservation Canines: How Dogs Help the Environment yet? Isabelle Groc put together this lovely book to highlight many of the working dogs around the world, from conservation detection dogs to livestock guardian dogs. I had a blast learning about her book-writing process. If you don't have the book yet, order it! It's gorgeous and a great read. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Isabelle Groc Book list Where to find Isabelle Groc: Website You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
44:36
April 05, 2022
Panel Discussion with Ken Ramirez, Kim Brophy, Laura Holder, Dr. Erim Gomez, Ursa Acree, and Dr. Charles van Rees
Panel Discussion with Ken Ramirez, Kim Brophy, Laura Holder, Dr. Erim Gomez, Ursa Acree, and Dr. Charles van Rees
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla hosts a panel of conservationists, dog behavior consultants and trainers, and ecologists. Our panel guests this episode are Dr. Charles van Rees, Ken Ramirez, Ursa Acree, Kim Brophy, Laura Holder, and Dr. Erim Gomez. Questions asked: What kinds of applications are currently practiced in conservation dogs work that might surprise those of us who don’t know about them? What are your top 2 or 3 professional ethics you feel are the most important in the work you do with animals (including humans)? What are the top things that you most wish your ecologist colleagues knew about dogs and dog training, that would make your collaborations easier or more productive? Where do you see this profession going in the future? Do you see an opportunity for pet dogs to become involved in conservation work on a large scale as a way to “give dogs jobs”? From your current knowledge of the “working dog world,” where do you see the biggest opportunities to provide these incredible creatures with a healthier body, mind, and life? How can dogs be involved in the growing ecology world? What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago? Where do you see yourself in your career 10 years from now? Links Mentioned in the Episode: Detection dogs in nature conservation: A database on their world-wide deployment with a review on breeds used and their performance compared to other methods
01:21:10
March 29, 2022
Training an "All Clear" for Detection Dogs with Paul Bunker of Chiron K9
Training an "All Clear" for Detection Dogs with Paul Bunker of Chiron K9
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Paul Bunker about all clear procedures. Science Highlight: An assessment of the effects of habitat structure on the scat finding performance of a wildlife detection dog What is an all-clear response? The dog’s formal response to let the handler know there is no odor to alert to What is a go-no-go response? The dog’s NON-formal response to let the handler know there is no odor to alert to What’s a situation we may want to teach this for? Odor recognition tests Teaching them that they can still get rewarded for no odor, which reduces stress Good to check for contamination Teaches them to be confident in leaving a search area with no target present knowing they will still be rewarded What components make for a successful all clear? Ensure it is maintained and refreshed Prepare your training session in advance. Progression plans are extremely important. Variable reinforcement with your dog’s reward hierarchy The dog must 100% understand target before learning all clear Don’t use jackpot rewards for an all clear What other options do we have for reducing stress and reducing false responses (go-no-go)? Teach odor separately from systems of searching so they are not codependent Train blank sessions Train longer sessions (within the abilities of your dog) so that it is similar to long working days Develop independence early Links Mentioned in the Episode: Where to find Paul Bunker:  Website | Instagram | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:02:05
March 22, 2022
James Davis on Field Safety, Mentorship, and Dealing with Charismatic Invasive Species
James Davis on Field Safety, Mentorship, and Dealing with Charismatic Invasive Species
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with James Davis about his work with Padfoot Science Highlight: Detecting Small and Cryptic Animals By Combining Thermography and a Wildlife Detection Dog What is some advice for someone hoping to jump into the industry? Be realistic about your expectations Don’t rely on this line of work to hold a steady income or to sustain you financially How do you keep your dogs safe in the field? Use snake avoidance training - teach the dog to avoid snakes by rewarding the behavior of them stepping away from the snake Links Mentioned in the Episode: Paul Bunker Book Cadaver Dog Handbook Where to find James Davis: Website | Facebook | Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
38:50
March 15, 2022
Do Our Working Dogs Owe Us Work?
Do Our Working Dogs Owe Us Work?
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Sarah Stremming and Erin Jones regarding what we owe our working dogs, and what they owe us. Science Highlight: Buzzing with possibilities: Training and olfactory generalization in conservation detection dogs for an endangered stonefly species Where to find Sarah Stremming: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Podcast | TikTok Where to find Erin Jones: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:16:28
March 08, 2022
Conservation Dogs of Hawaii with Kyoko Johnson and Dr. Charles van Rees
Conservation Dogs of Hawaii with Kyoko Johnson and Dr. Charles van Rees
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Charles speak with Kyoko Johnson about her work at Conservation Dogs Hawaii. What are some threats that Hawaii is facing? Hawaii is in the middle of the pacific ocean. One of the major principles of conservation is island biology, which is how species and organisms are not able to easily get there from other places It cannot be “fixed” by just allowing other species to arrive, as they would be considered invasive species and the island is much more sensitive to those Is there anything unique about Hawaii’s wetlands? There are some unique wetlands due to orographic rainfall from the volcanic activity Because there is a lot of water and a lot of sun, it’s so quick for invasive plants to take over 80% of the coastal wetlands were lost due to development Why are invasive species so dangerous to Hawaii? The island struggles more than other places with invasive species On the plus side, it can be easier to square off invasive species and make safe zones Where to find Charles: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Nature Guys Where to find Kyoko: Website | Instagram | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:05:42
March 01, 2022
Difficult Dogs Part 2, Shelter Stress, and More with Ursa Acree
Difficult Dogs Part 2, Shelter Stress, and More with Ursa Acree
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla is back with a bonus part two episode about difficult dogs in conservation work. She is joined by Ursa Acree, previous co-host on the retired podcast Canine Conversations! What are some environmental factors in the shelter or in the home that can make behavior problems worse?Change in environment is stressful, especially when going to a shelter Shelters are usually loud, stinky, and have a lack of enrichment The same can happen in the home if there is a lot of overstimulation but no adequate outlets for the dog Lack of exercise can be a factor, but adding exercise is not a magic fix. Generally speaking, exercise is not enough to fix behavior issues. Some dogs may have a future in detection work but no other working field. This is because depending on the behavioral issue and the context in which it appears, conservation work may be completely suitable Some conservation dogs may have behavioral difficulties such as:Noise phobia Handling sensitivities Dog-dog reactivity or aggression Car reactivity Stranger danger Separation anxiety Many organizations look for dogs with drive and simply manage the rest Some Conservation Detection Dog organization do behavior modification training for those kinds of behaviors, but many do not Many, but not all, behavior issues stem from unmet exercise/enrichment needs that may be satiated by this job. It is also difficult to “fix” these behavior issues if the dog’s needs aren’t being met Fears, phobias, anxieties, and aggression may also reduce due to increased behavioral wellness, management, and a change in environment Why are these behavioral difficulties improved?Reduction in triggers (reduce stress, lowers ability to “practice,” fewer opportunities for mistakes) Out of the shelter/stressful home environment Often away from city life Careful management from skilled handlers: crate-and-rotate, leash skills, even fully kenneling dogs Increased exercise and enrichment Many arousal/frustration behaviors improve with this alone Other troublesome behaviors, like dumpster diving, pulling on leash, jumping on guests, barking, etc, might simply not be an issue for your average conservation detection dog Some minor behavior problems do not need to be addressed, but if they do, it’s important to modify the issues in a way that will be beneficial to the dog using modern science-based methods. Often times, older out-dated punishment based methods lead to worsening the behavior or creating new problem behaviors Sometimes management isn’t enough; both for the welfare of the dog and the risk of your business
01:20:54
February 22, 2022
Difficult Dogs and Conservation with Rogue Detection Teams
Difficult Dogs and Conservation with Rogue Detection Teams
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks to Jennifer Hartman and Heath Smith from Rogue Detection Teams about working with behaviorally “challenging” dogs for conservation dog work. Episode suggestion:  Pay attention to your bedtime routine. Call to action: Go for a walk somewhere new. Once dogs are able to work at a job, a lot of the behavior problems melt away. Making sure their needs are met can change the behavior. Links Mentioned in the Episode: None Where to find Rogue Detection Teams:  Website |  Instagram | Facebook | YouTube You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:01:52
February 15, 2022
Errors, Mistakes, and Failure in Conservation Dog Training
Errors, Mistakes, and Failure in Conservation Dog Training
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks about mistakes, failure, and errors. This week’s science highlight: You Are Not My Handler! Impact of Changing Handlers on Dogs’ Behaviours and Detection Performance. Everything is just data; it’s just information Now we have all sorts of interesting questions to dig into - was it search conditions? Target odor? Study design? Time of year? Training sample quality? Dog-project fit? Criteria? Splitting? Timing? Stress or exhaustion? Handler interference? While applied behavior analysis isn’t always the answer to all training issues, it’s a great place to start. Remember the ABCs of applied behavior analysis: antecedent, behavior, consequence. If you’re seeing behavior in your dog that you consider an error, there’s likely an antecedent or a consequence that’s cueing or reinforcing the behavior somehow. There are so many ways to frame the concept of failure, errors, mistakes. As much as possible, strive to set your dogs up in training for low-frustration-learning. Rather than teaching my dogs to deal with failure, build up their resilience, enthusiasm, endurance, and problem-solving skills consciously through training. When you select ultra-high-drive dogs for a job, frustration is never far away. These dogs are desperate for their reinforcer, and that can be problematic by creating aggressive behaviors towards the target or handler, difficulties in toy play, off-target alerts, and more. Clean training is SO important. Of course we can’t completely cut frustration and errors from real life: but our training plans don’t intentionally introduce adversity. Instead they focus on building the dog’s skills so the dog has the tools and the confidence to deal with long, hard, difficult searches. In training, sometimes the dog doesn’t find the target. Video is really helpful with this, but the next question is whether or not the dog actually caught the odor at all. In other words, is the problem that the dog completely missed the odor, or that the dog couldn’t source the odor completely? Challenging searches often scare people because they’re worried about failure. Blind searches, blank searches, or long searches can make handlers’ palms sweat. That’s ok! Getting used to a search that’s more like an “operational” search is an imperative part of training and field prep. While we never want to demotivate the dog or the handler, embrace challenge in a safe and progressive way. Most of these minor mistakes can be addressed through teaching the dog specific cues to help direct them in the field and returning to foundational search skills. Safety is always the first concern. Whether it’s a dog investigating a snake, a handler getting lost, or a predator getting too close for comfort, now is not the time to think about training. Act to keep or get you and your dog safe. If you’re really stressed out, angry, afraid, or otherwise really shaken, take a break from surveying or even consider ending the survey early. You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
27:43
February 08, 2022
What to Know Before Hiring a Conservation Detection Dog Team, Part 2
What to Know Before Hiring a Conservation Detection Dog Team, Part 2
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla is back for part two with Kyoko Johnson from Conservation Dog Hawaii and Jennifer Hartman from Rogue Detection Teams to continue their talk about things to know before hiring a conservation detection dog team. This week’s science highlight: How Behavior of Nontarget Species Affects Perceived Accuracy of Scat Detection Dog Surveys. Covered in this episode: What hazards might the dog-handler team be facing in the field? How can these be mitigated or avoided? What levels or types of risk are unacceptable? How does the use of CDDs compare to other methods in its level of acceptability to the local community, esp. Indigenous cultures? Where are samples going to be sent/analyzed? What ancillary data, in addition to detections, should be collected by the handler (e.g., time, weather conditions, related field samples of vegetation or soil)? Can the dog teams access the study area to train and/or do risk assessments prior to project start? Is there funding secured for the project? Are the teams you're hiring experienced enough for this job? Consider cross-training dogs on multiple target species What is the timeline for this project? Have you found the dog team that's the best match for your project? Do you need input from the team on project design? Have you considered weather/ terrain/ climate/ schedule through the lens of a dog team? Will the dog teams work alone or accompanied by a researcher? Are dog teams the right choice for your project goals? You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:20:25
February 01, 2022
BONUS: Called to the Wild: Kayla and Barley on National Geographic and Disney+
BONUS: Called to the Wild: Kayla and Barley on National Geographic and Disney+
In October 2020, Kayla and Barley flew to Maine to compete in a dog human survival challenge now published on National Geographic and Disney+. The show is called Called to the Wild and depicts dog human teams competing to thrive in the wilderness. In this episode Kayla talks about her experience on the show and tells you where to find the show online.
23:50
January 27, 2022
What to Know Before Hiring a Conservation Dog Team with Conservation Dogs of Hawaii and Rogue Detection Teams
What to Know Before Hiring a Conservation Dog Team with Conservation Dogs of Hawaii and Rogue Detection Teams
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks with Kyoko Johnson from Conservation Dog Hawaii and Jennifer Hartman from Rogue Detection Teams about things to know before hiring a conservation detection dog team. What are some things scientists should consider before hiring a conservation detection dog team? Lower density finds are easier for dogs Dogs are often used near the end of a project vs the beginning or brought in to target a more specific area It is important they have their question ready and prepared in order to figure out if dogs will be useful to the project or not Conservation detection teams are understaffed, so sometimes it’s best to consider other options that are more feasible Pros of detection dogs? They can be used in tandem with other methods, which can be very successful Detection dogs are non-invasive They are not biased Dogs can narrow down species easier How to know if the dog will be able to successfully collect data? It’s not possible to guarantee that it will work Known target types in which dogs have been successfully used in other projects Go with an experienced team to ensure best accuracy if it is something new What is the importance of training samples beforehand? Reliable training samples is important for the dog to be able to detect for your project It is important to have a sample from the location you are working in Variety in samples is important (sexes, different individuals, etc.) The fresher the sample the better, but sometimes it's not possible It is important to note samples will always differ from live odors when on the job Why is it important to let teams know about past difficulties with projects? Some previous difficulties may not be relevant to a dog’s work, but it is good to know to ensure that the teams are able to help with the project Why are realistic timelines so important for researchers to understand? It takes time to train a dog on a new odor Projects may have various limitations There are travel considerations - vaccines, etc. Why do some scientists think detection dogs dont work? Study design may limit teams Expecting the method to perform the same way other methods do Patience is needed as it takes time to get the dogs ready on a scent Limited funding for teams What are the risks of the dogs being invasive? The standards the dogs have when working are high Dogs could not do their job if they were a risk for chasing wildlife What are some preventative measures to take for both the dogs health and the wildlife’s health? Vaccinations Ensuring your dogs have everything they need - fresh water, proper food, etc. Daily checks to ensure they are healthy Be prepared to stop work if they are sick or injured
01:11:31
January 25, 2022
Fringe Alerts with Stacy Barnett
Fringe Alerts with Stacy Barnett
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks to Stacy Barnett about fringe alerts in detection dogs. What is fringing? When a dog alerts to odor outside of the preferred range of where the indication should be, aka too far away The final response begins where sourcing ends, so with fringing, the sourcing ends prematurely, making the alert farther away from the scent than is preferred Why does it happen? The behavior chain of sourcing and alerting is off balance Over-enthusiastic for the search Over emphasising the alert/not enough emphasis on sourcing the odor Different kind of setting with work/trial vs training For a trial or working a job, you are under different stressors and you aren’t able to control the environment and set up When under pressure, your behavior may be different which can be difficult for your dog to work with Differentiation of odor concentration If working in a situation with different odor concentrations, they may start to conclude a certain concentration of odor and start alerting to only that strength of scent It may be too easy or too hard Genetics is a big deal, but training is a bigger deal What are ways we can fix it? More balanced training sessions - both sourcing and alerting “Show me” cue Ignoring fringe alerts and encouraging them to keep working/”keep going” cue Working to get the “show me” cue or the “keep going” cue out of the behavior chain What are the downfalls of the “show me” cue? Can cause your dog to rely on the handler to source Can become a prompted cue to alert It is important to make sure it doesn’t become part of the behavior chain How do we build sourcing into our training? Set up for success Smaller and shorter puzzles easy for them to source More complicated puzzles to get them back into the sourcing mindset Increase the challenge level for the dogs skill level to keep the flow going Too easy may be boring, too challenging may be too frustrating Hide placement is important in training sessions The training doesn't come from the human, the training comes from the hide Links Mentioned in the Episode: Sourcing Odor with Stacy Barrett Signal Detection Theory with Dr. Simon Gadbois Where to find Stacy Barrett:  Website | Podcast | Facebook | Instagram You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:05:22
January 18, 2022
Bats and Wind Farms with Dr. Merlin Tuttle
Bats and Wind Farms with Dr. Merlin Tuttle
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks to Dr. Merlin Tuttle about bats and wind farms. Episode suggestion: Come to conversations ready to learn and ready to be curious. Call to action: Research your utility company and ask about green energy options in your area. More than 3 million bats a year are being killed by wind farms, none of which are labelled as endangered What can listeners do to get more involved? Be more knowledgeable about who you support. Ask them questions! Reduce the power you use! “Why run animals to environmental irrelevance before doing anything?” Links Mentioned in the Episode: Win Friends Not Battles Female bats harmed disproprotionately by turbines Where to find Dr. Tuttle:  Video Library | Photo Library | Website  You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
40:56
January 11, 2022
Amphibians and Charismatic MiniFauna with Dr. Erim Gomez
Amphibians and Charismatic MiniFauna with Dr. Erim Gomez
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks to Dr. Erim Gomez. They nerd out about amphibians, diversity, and academia! Episode suggestion: Try something new, even if it’s small! Call to action: Update your amazon smile to benefit K9 Conservationist! How could dogs help with amphibian research? Humans can’t see as well as dogs can smell, so dogs would be more accurate Dogs would also be able to help pinpoint the location in a safer way, vs humans having to dig around to find one Links Mentioned in the Episode: Spadefoot Toad Roguefungus Where to find Erim: Instagram | Twitter You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:02:20
January 04, 2022
"Making It" as a Conservation Detection Dog Handler
"Making It" as a Conservation Detection Dog Handler
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks about her experience and advice on how to “make it” as a K9 Conservationists handler. Call to action: Join us on Patreon or make a monthly donation. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Lonely Conservationists Essay You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
38:42
December 28, 2021
Give Bats a Break with Nate Marshall
Give Bats a Break with Nate Marshall
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Charles speak with Nate Marshall. 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 a bat box.  What should we like about bats?  They are around everywhere in multiple types of ecosystems  They eat insects, fruits, fish, crustaceans, and blood  The variation and diversity in bats is truly astonishing  1 in 5 mammals in the world is a species of bat  How many different species?  There are over 1400 species, the number still increasing due to discoveries Are they nocturnal?  Not all species are! Some are, others are day-dwelling  Same with echolocation; not all of them do it  What do they eat?  Mosquitos and other mosquito sized insects, which helps our ecosystem  They also eat other pests, like moths  Fruit; they help disperse seeds  Nectar; they help pollinate  Blood; only 3 species consume blood  Fish  Bats and Wind Farms  While wind farms are good for pollution, they are decimating migratory species, such as bats  Some farms are trying ways to get bats to avoid the area, or to shut down during peak migration periods  Various farms are working on new mitigation techniques that work better  What other threats do bats face?  White nose syndrome, which is a fungal infection that wakes hibernating bats  They are hunted in some places for meat  General misinformation and fear  What can we do to help?  Bat boxes. However, they aren’t a long term solution  It is important to follow the research when building and placing a bat box  Plant trees  Less pesticides the better  Grow a garden  Keep water clean  Artificial lighting can be detrimental to bats  Find a local bat working group  Bat walks
01:18:58
December 21, 2021
Introducing Our New Conservation Correspondent: Dr. Charles van Rees
Introducing Our New 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.
39:11
December 14, 2021
Selecting and Raising a Conservation Detection Dog Puppy with Laura Holder
Selecting and Raising a Conservation Detection Dog Puppy with Laura Holder
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla talks to Laura Holder of Conservation Dogs Collective. They chat all about puppies!  Episode suggestion: Stay curious by being more “dog”! For 90 seconds a day, find joy in little things and slow down!  Call to action: Update your Amazon Smile to benefit K9 Conservationists. What are the pros and cons of getting a conservation dog as a puppy?  Pros: Having a dog from a puppy gives you more control over their learning and getting them started on detection-related development early  Cons: It is a huge time and monetary investment. There is also no guarantee they will end up working as a conversation dog.  What are you looking for when looking for a breeder?  It is a good idea to interview breeders Look for physical health, how the dogs are kept, titles, bred for related work (service work, police dogs, hunting, etc.)  How to pick a puppy from a litter?  If the breeder doesn’t pick for you, it would be best to see some video of the litters, see if the breeder knows about Puppy Culture, etc. You can do an obstacle course, puzzles, etc. If your breeder is selecting, ensure they know what they are looking for. Be cautious about shelter puppies, as there are so many perks to working with a reputable breeder  What are some games would you play with puppies to get them started on the conservation detection line of work?  Basic puppy socialization is important! Sprinkle in a little bit of nosework such as food scatters and snuffle mats! Keep things easy to start, they are just puppies!  What about games for a pre-teen puppy?  They have a higher attention span, so you can increase the difficulty of your nose games  Barrier challenges are good to start at this age  What games can we play with teenage detection dogs?  They are still young, so it’s important to know they will still have “difficult” days You can increase the difficulty even more and introduce physical aspects to the challenges  How do you manage your goals and expectations for your puppy? Your puppy will never be perfect, neither will you.  Mistakes will happen and that’s okay!  Working with a professional will help set you up for success  Be your puppy’s advocate  Be humble, don’t wear rose coloured glasses  “Everything is a phase; whether it’s good, whether it’s bad, whether you’re thrilled with what you’re seeing or devastated.”  Know when to really dig into something or when to just let them ride it out  It is absolutely okay if raising a puppy is not your thing.  Patreon Question: How can I be productive in developing a conservation or good scent detection puppy while dealing with puppy brain and waiting for maturity to hit? Are there certain signs that you can see early on a potential conservation prospect puppy? Try as best as possible to expose and positively influence the puppies experience out in the world. You’ve got time! Signs to look for are dogs that are motivated to engage with the environment with and without human-induced reinforcers 
01:03:13
December 07, 2021
How to be a K9 Conservationist
How to be a K9 Conservationist
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!! Suggested by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, create a 3-way Venn diagram of how to get involved. Top circle is “what you love.” Circle off to the left of what you’re good at Lastly, a circle to the right of what the world needs. In the center could be some ways you can help save the planet, save some dogs, or be a k9 conservationist. Smaller ways to help Be a more eco friendly dog owner by supporting local, reducing your carbon footprint during travel, etc. Volunteer with organizations that protect the land or start your own Getting in the field of conservation detection: Your first 2 steps no matter what are similar if you want to be a handler: learn scentwork/handling/dog behavior and familiarize yourself with field biology and survey techniques Volunteer to start to see if its something you’d be interested in Education Grad school is one option Getting hired with a bigger organization is another Working Dogs for Conservation Rogue Detection Teams Science Dogs of New England Conservation Dogs Collective WEST Inc Summer gigs for wind and solar farms You get hired with your dog Other abroad organizations Taking courses in person and online, such as Fenzi Dog Sport Academy for Nosework, Rogue Detection Teams, Conservation K9 Consultancy in Australia K9 Conservationist podcast and patreon Being a handler isn’t your only option, and it’s not for everyone. Other ways to get involved: Volunteer with us: course creation, social media, website maintenance - you probably have a skill we need! Work in another role like fundraising at another organization Biologists can hire us Shelter workers can help us find other dogs Donations, of course Get involved in your local community with the shelter, trail building, PlayCleanGo, wildlife rehab, or just pick up some extra dog poo bags. You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
21:38
November 30, 2021
Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists with Jeff Rennicke
Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists with Jeff Rennicke
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Jeff Rennickle. They talk about inspiring others to care about the land and Jeff’s experiences with photographing the world and teaching at the Conserve School. Episode suggestion: Give yourself grace for what you’re capable of right now. Call to action: Find a place that speaks to you, visit it often, and find out what you can do to get involved in its protection. What is wilderness? The wildness of our planet and the existence of everything in it The preservation of the world There's always two people in a photograph: photographer and viewer Words and photos have the power to inspire people. Why does it matter? “Knowledge without love will not stick, but teach someone to love something first, then knowledge will follow.” - John Burroughs What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from working with adults vs children? There are a lot of similarities There are subtle difference in pacing, assumption of understanding, etc., but you are still telling stories about a cause you want them to fall in love with “Facts and figures don’t stick, it’s love” - Jeff Links Mentioned in the Episode: Wilderness and the American Mind Jeff’s bog and conservation photos Hannah Stonehouse Hudson Photography Where to find Jeff:  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Friends of the Apostle Islands You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
59:54
November 23, 2021
Communications, Travel, and Conservation with Brooke Mitchell-Norman
Communications, Travel, and Conservation with Brooke Mitchell-Norman
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Brooke Mitchell-Norman. They talk about tourism, communication, education, and how all of that relates to conservation! Episode suggestion: Don't sacrifice what you want now for what you want most of all. Call to action: Support a local small business that donates or shares some of its profits with a cause you care about. How does travel benefit conservation? When it is done right, it puts an exact value dollar on a live and thriving wildlifeWhen your favourite species is a top predator, it is in your genes to want to kill it to protect yourself There are very few things in conservation that places monetary value on wildlife, nature, and intact ecosystems A significant number of people are directly and indirectly supported through tourism Can you tell us about some of the ways that travelers can not just support local communities and put value on live animals but also directly contribute to community science? Do your research Check the websites; can you tell if the business is locally owned or not?If so, your money will be for the local community How are they interacting with wildlife?If there are advertisements of people directly touching and interacting with wildlife, such as cubs, that is a red flag If something makes you uncomfortable, you do not have to do it Are there any countries with regulations on these things? The Galapagos Africa Be wary of Asia, research elephant tourism Why is communication and education so important for conservation? Connection We have to change the message from doom and gloom to storytelling and showing what we are fighting for If you connect with someone on a deeper level, they are more likely to listen to what you have to say and support you What are some misunderstandings? That it is “bothering” wildlife, but there are always many layers to the reason for it. If it wasn’t for tourism, a lot of ecosystems would not have continued to thrive There are a lot of tourism places that give a bad reputation to the reputable ones Links Mentioned in the Episode: Lekker Coffee in Rino, Colorado Rhino Film: The Last Horns of Africa Where to find Brooke:  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:22:20
November 16, 2021
The Great Big Data Nerdfest with Dr. Charles van Rees (Part 2)
The Great Big Data Nerdfest with Dr. Charles van Rees (Part 2)
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Dr. Charles Van Rees about data. They discuss the ins and outs of working with data and how to turn data into information scientists can use.Episode suggestion: Take the time to see, smell, and notice things outside! Call to action: Check out ebird, inaturalist or seek! What is/are data? Information that we can use for inference and for learning things Data doesn’t necessarily “teach you things” but it helps you learn an answer to something you’re looking for Examples of data for conservation science Occurrence data: evidence of the occurrence of a species in a specific area Abundance data: identifying and counting every individual of every species in a given sector Time series data: a series of data points indexed in time order Monitoring: the process of watching the changes and patterns in the species Challenges in data collection Biases in both humans vs dogs Dogs have less of a visual bias than humans as they rely on olfactory vs sight to find data Important to consider if the questions you are asking from the data are going to be worth it to have dogs involved. Sample size: you have to have enough data in order to be able to work with the data Trying to collect data in a cost effective way You can’t control the data you collect What happens to the life-cycle of data? Analysis Publishing FAIR principles Meta-analyses and reviews Policy! Or if not, advocacy! Action! Management! What are ways to collect data? Conservation detection dogs Radio collars Camera traps eDNA Drones Audio surveys Netting Links Mentioned in the Episode: Mirror test (Kayla got this slightly wrong - dolphins spent extra time head circling, which may indicate recognition) Dogs self-recognition with scent Wolverine Way book Where to find Charles: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Nature Guys You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists.K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
49:06
November 09, 2021
Data Nerdfest with Dr. Charles van Rees (Part 1)
Data Nerdfest with Dr. Charles van Rees (Part 1)
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla speaks with Dr. Charles Van Rees about data. They discuss the ins and outs of working with data and how to turn data into information scientists can use. Episode suggestion:  Take the time to see, smell, and notice things outside! Call to action: Check out ebird, inaturalist or seek! What is/are data? Information that we can use for inference and for learning things Data doesn’t necessarily “teach you things” but it helps you learn an answer to something you’re looking for Examples of data for conservation science Occurrence data: evidence of the occurrence of a species in a specific area Abundance data: identifying and counting every individual of every species in a given sector Time series data: a series of data points indexed in time order Monitoring: the process of watching the changes and patterns in the species Challenges in data collection Biases in both humans vs dogs Dogs have less of a visual bias than humans as they rely on olfactory vs sight to find data Important to consider if the questions you are asking from the data are going to be worth it to have dogs involved. Sample size: you have to have enough data in order to be able to work with the data Trying to collect data in a cost effective way You can’t control the data you collect What happens to the life-cycle of data? Analysis Publishing FAIR principles Meta-analyses and reviews Policy! Or if not, advocacy! Action! Management! What are ways to collect data? Conservation detection dogs Radio collars Camera traps eDNA Drones Audio surveys Netting Links Mentioned in the Episode: - Mirror test (Kayla got this slightly wrong - dolphins spent extra time head circling, which may indicate recognition) - Dogs self-recognition with scent - Wolverine Way Whatever thing you were talking about at 22 minutes, gulo? Where to find Charles: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Nature Guys You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
44:11
November 02, 2021
When Your Dogs are Your Coworkers - And Work is Hard
When Your Dogs are Your Coworkers - And Work is Hard
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Marissa Martino get personal discussing the woes of conservation work when handling your emotions while working! They discuss ways to balance how you’re feeling while trying to make the job as positive as possible for your K9 partner! Episode suggestion:  Just train the dog! Call to action:   Follow us on social media! Reach out to Kayla if you’d like to volunteer with helping put together a scentwork course! Links Mentioned in the Episode: None Where to find Marissa: Website | Book | Podcast | Connection Summit | Instagram | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok
01:00:47
October 26, 2021
Selecting a Conservation Detection Dog
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 pateron!  Discussed in this Podcast:  Considerations:  Make a list of your must-haves from a lifestyle perspective to help which type of dog works best for you. This can be anything from breed type, grooming requirements, size, etc. You should also make a list of “nice to have” and “bonus points”. These are types of things that aren’t a must have, but are still of some importance to you. These are usually aesthetic type desires.  You also need to consider your work lifestyle, whether your dog can handle being off leash around wildlife, water, other dogs, people, etc.  Consider if you’d want to do outreach work at events with your dog. Would a social dog be more ideal, etc.  Travel is something to consider. A dog that thrives on routine may not be best for conservation work.  Most trainers in this field prefer dogs that have a high drive for toys  Consider what kind of dog you like to work with; high drive, low drive, preference for food reinforcement, preference for toy reinforcement, low energy or high energy personality, etc.  Consider the detail level of the work you want to do  It’s very important to consider your skill set and experience with dog handling  Links Mentioned in the Episode: Pandemic Puppy - Where to Get a Puppy Pandemic Puppy - Picking a Breeder Pandemic Puppy - Picking a Puppy from a Breeder Pandemic Puppy - Picking a Shelter Puppy Test for Detection Dogs You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
37:09
October 19, 2021
Off-Leash Etiquette and Ethics
Off-Leash Etiquette and Ethics
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 responsibility when utilizing that privilege Ensure your dog has solid recall, especially around distractions Look for signage; follow the law - if the trail or area is on leash, there’s a reason for it When you arrive at a trail, observe your surroundings Are there lots of cars indicating lots of people? Do the cars have bike racks? If so, is your dog reliable around bikes? When in doubt, use a long line Not only do you have to think about the safety of other people and dogs, you also have to think about the environment Your dog should not chase any wildlife; even if they don’t catch it, that is undue stress on wildlife Do research on what animals live in the environment you’re in to ensure yours and the wildlife’s safety Links Mentioned in the Episode: None You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
25:56
October 12, 2021
Too Much "Structure" Compromises Your Working Dog's Welfare
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" is a welfare issue Try not to build up an obsession with the reinforcers to best avoid desperation and deprivation Welfare is appropriate food, enrichment, exercise, and anything that would meet the dog's needs. Just because your dog is working doesnèt mean they shouldn’t get these needs met. They still need to “just be a dog”. “If your dog doesn’t want to work anymore just because you’re giving them a good life off duty, you need to reassess both your training plans and your welfare plans for your dog.” Modifying incentives isn’t bad, structure can be important to your dog’s health and safety Links Mentioned in the Episode: Cog Dog Radio - Drive, Deprivation, and Desperation Dr. Susan Freidman Episode You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok A HUGE thank you to an anonymous donor who donated enough to cover the remainder of the van repairs! Thank you to ALL of our supporters who donated, shared, and supported K9 Conservationists through this time!
20:39
September 28, 2021
Working with a Teenage Detection Dog
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 work that will be highly rewarding. If there aren’t as many finds as expected, make sure you are prepared to look after your dog’s welfare to make it a good and rewarding experience for them. Keep it extra fun! Don’t be afraid to call it off! Whether it’s cutting a search or day short, or just deciding it’s time to go back to training and start work at another date, it’s okay to call it off and take steps back or take breaks when needed. “Don’t prioritize success today at the expense of your dog’s long term career” Watch for changes over time, and expect them to happen Not all teenagers are going to be ready to work Use “gimme’s” as needed if there aren’t a lot of finds Watch your dog’s enthusiasm levels Don’t ruin your dog’s career for the stake of starting it early Links Mentioned in the Episode: None You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website | Merch | Support Our Work | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok A HUGE thank you to an anonymous donor who donated enough to cover the remainder of the van repairs! Thank you to ALL of our supporters who donated, shared, and supported K9 Conservationists through this time!
21:60
September 14, 2021
A Day in the Life of a Conservation Detection Dog Handler
A Day in the Life of a Conservation Detection Dog Handler
In this episode, we discuss a day in the life of a conservation detection dog handler on a variety of projects that Kayla has worked on.
47:33
August 31, 2021
Signal Detection Theory with Dr. Simon Gadbois
Signal Detection Theory with Dr. Simon Gadbois
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla Fratt speaks with Dr. Simon Gadbois to talk about signal detection theory and his conservation work! Discussed in this Podcast: Dr. Gadbois work in Nova Scotia What is signal detection theory? Signal detection theory is a means to measure the ability to differentiate between information-bearing patterns and random patterns that distract from the information. It has been around for a long time Mostly used for physical stimuli vs olfactory stimuli It wouldn’t be useful for clear distinctions or errorless data However, signal detection theory needs a clear yes or a clear no What’s the potential problem with proportion or percentage correct data as performance? What’s the problem with our basic lineup for training and testing detection dogs as it relates to SDT? How can trainers at home put this to use with their dogs? Links Mentioned in the Episode: Signal Detection Theory Paper Memorial University d’Prime Calculator Where to find Dr. Gadbois: Website | Lab Facebook Page | Lab Facebook Group You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
01:05:05
August 17, 2021
Lengthy Searches with Dr. Nathan Hall
Lengthy Searches with Dr. Nathan Hall
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla Fratt speaks with Dr. Nathaniel Hall to talk about lengthy searches for conservation dogs! Discussed in this Podcast: How does a dog’s sensitivity to scent affect their work? All sensory systems are learned behaviors, so there will be genetic differences and learning history differences. Because of this, what one dog smells will not be the exact same as what another dog smells. It depends on the concentration of the odor on how sensitive your dog will be to the odor. Their threshold of detection of a certain scent will increase if the concentration is reduced over time. Motivation for long searches? Performance is strongly dependent on the frequency in which targets appear Reinforcing “all clear” signals can help with motivation in the event that there aren’t going to be a lot of targets for them to find. It is important to not over-reward for “all clear” because then “all clear” can start to become more rewarding than finding the scent. Make your “all clear” as equal effort as an alert response If your dog is pre-prepared for not finding targets over a long period of time, it can help avoid an extinction burst and frustration Links Mentioned in the Episode: The Canid Genome - 2012 Paper Where to find Dr. Hall: Canine Olfaction Lab | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists WebsiteGo Fund Me
52:25
August 03, 2021
Introducing the Conservation Dogs Collective
Introducing the Conservation Dogs Collective
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla Fratt speaks with Laura Holder to introduce Laura’s Conservation Dogs Collective! Discussed in this Podcast: How did you get into conservation detection dog work? What spurred the change to Conservation Dogs Collective? What are your goals with CDCI? What upcoming or recent projects have your finder-keeper teams worked on? What work are you doing to engage the dog-loving community and educate the public? I’d love to talk a bit about dog selection and training methods. Links Mentioned in the Episode: None Where to find Laura Holder and CDCI: Conservation Dogs Collective | Instagram | Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
47:48
July 27, 2021
Ethology and Working Dogs with Kim Brophey
Ethology and Working Dogs with Kim Brophey
Today I have the joy of talking to Kim Brophey about ethology. If you listen to dog podcasts the way I do, you’re probably already a bit obsessed with Kim. Today we’re going to dive into how we can use ethology to better select and meet the needs of our working dogs. Links Mentioned in the Episode: Dopamine Article Pop Psychology Podcast Beyond the Operant with Dr. Simon Gadbois Texas hounds that chase down poachers National Geographic, Gene 7R and Restlessness Jaak Panksepp TED Talk Where to find Kim Brophey: Website Meet Your Dog Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
01:21:11
July 13, 2021
Hierarchy of Behavior Change for Working Dogs with Dr. Susan Friedman
Hierarchy of Behavior Change for Working Dogs with Dr. Susan Friedman
Today I have the joy of talking to Dr. Susan Friedman about the hierarchy of behavior change for dog training. This is so central to what we do - ensuring that our dogs are excellent at the work they do while maintaining the highest quality of life possible for them. I am SO excited to get to this interview, but first I have to remind you all that our field vehicle repair fundraiser is ongoing. As I record, the van is getting repairs for several damaged cylinders as well as fuel injectors - costs will total around $16,000. Find that link in the show notes on K9Conservationists.org. Patreon plug but no reviews. Dr. Friedman intro What is the hierarchy of behavior change? What drove you to outline it? How can we use this in working dog areas? Why does it matter? How do you address questions about efficacy, especially with working animals? Can this actually enhance the quality of work that our dogs do, aside from just enhancing their quality of life? Thank you so much for listening. I hope you learned a lot and are feeling inspired to get outside and be a K9 Conservationist in whatever way suits your passions and skill set. You can find show notes and extra information on this episode at K9Conservationists.org and support our field vehicle repairs at our GoFundMe page. Until next time! Show Notes Here In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Dr. Susan Friedman discuss the hierarchy of behavior change with dogs. They discuss what it is and why it matters! What is the hierarchy of behavior change? Hierarchy of Behavior Change Outline Why does it matter? It creates an effective outcome with the interventions being as unintrusive as possible to the learner. Can this actually enhance the quality of work that our dogs do, aside from just enhancing their quality of life? Short answer; YES! An enhancement in quality of life will lead to an enhancement in quality of every aspect in their like, including quality of work. Links Mentioned in the Episode: The Hierarchy & Trainer Skills Effectiveness is Not Enough: this is a PDF on BehaviorWorks, just Google the phrase and you'll find it. We can't link it. Where to find Dr. Susan Friedman: Behavior Works You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists WebsiteGo Fund Me
01:04:11
June 29, 2021
Using Dogs to Count Critically Endangered African Rabbits with Esther Matthew
Using Dogs to Count Critically Endangered African Rabbits with Esther Matthew
Today I have the joy of talking to Esther Matthew about training conservation dogs for a critically endangered South African lagomorph: the riverine rabbit. Questions answered by Ester: : What was the goal of this study? What other measures had been attempted? Why did you have to use roadkill? How did you measure specificity? Can you describe the 3 phases of the study? Some other trainers hesitate to use off-target species in proofing for training, which always seemed odd to me. You decided to use negative targets in training here. Can you explain why and what results you got? You didn’t reward on unconfirmed hides. Did you do any training to help prepare the dog for the variable reinforcement? How did the dog respond? Where to find Esther Matthew: Youtube:   Jessie’s Story Facebook:  Jessie the Border collie Instagram:  jessiethebc | estherexplorer You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
39:05
June 15, 2021
Muzzling for Wildlife Safety with Michael Shikashio
Muzzling for Wildlife Safety with Michael Shikashio
In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Michael Shikashio from The Bitey End of the Dog discuss muzzling. They cover why conservation detection dogs might need muzzles and the best way to acclimate your dog to wearing one. Why is a muzzle a good idea for a CDD based on their work? Muzzles aren’t just for biting, they can also protect the dog from ingesting things they shouldn’t. Types of muzzles and what sort is best for a working dog wearing it long-term Three things to look for are comfort, safety (biting, ingesting things, etc.), and function of the dog’s normal behavior Materials are important to consider Leather Biothane Hard/soft plastic Metal Vinyl Rubber Consider the construction of the muzzle Does it have a safety strap? Brands to consider are: Baskerville Jafco Dean & Tyler Bumas (custom fit biothane) Trust Your Dog Introducing the muzzle/Acclimating a dog to muzzle for long term wear Create positive associations Take your time Go at the dog’s pace Use positive reinforcers with your muzzle to create positive associations Gradually increase the time Careful with dogs that resource guard Break down the steps slowly with the straps Once the muzzle is on, start moving and reinforce Slow and steady wins the race After acclimation, always work with your dog in a level they can tolerate Set your dog up for success, especially while wearing the muzzle Links Mentioned in the Episode: Muzzle Up Project Pre-muzzling handling prep Muzzle training 101 How to feed a dog through a muzzle Where to find Michael Shikashio: Website The Bitey End of the Dog You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
43:17
June 01, 2021
Sourcing Odor with Stacy Barnett
Sourcing Odor with Stacy Barnett
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 nosework. Links Mentioned in the Episode Fenzi Courses: Scent Theory & Dynamics, Introduction to Nosework, Nosework Games Where to find Stacy Barnett: Scentsabilities Nosework You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
56:01
May 18, 2021
Consent in Training
Consent in Training
For the final episode of Canine Conversations before we transition fully to K9 Conservationists, we're talking about consent with Erin Jones. We cover what consent is, why it is important, and how you get - and maintain - a dog’s consent to participate in training or a behavior treatment plan. Links Mentioned in the Episode Genealogy of Obedience Erin’s website, Instagram, and Facebook You can support the K9 Conservationists Podcast by joining our Patreon at patreon.com/k9conservationists. K9 Conservationists Website Go Fund Me
01:11:32
May 04, 2021
Introducing: K9 Conservationists
Introducing: K9 Conservationists
Hello and welcome to the K9 Conservationists Podcast! We've got a new name! As our loyal listeners know, we recently lost my beloved cohost Ursa. After giving it a LOT of thought, I've decided to pivot the focus of this podcast. Rather than focusing broadly on dog behavior, the K9 Conservationists podcast will focus on the field of conservation detection dogs. We'll interview wildlife biologists, community scientists, dog behavior researchers, and handlers throughout this amazing field. I hope that you decide to stick along for the ride. I plan to bring the same level of enthusiasm, nerdiness, and dog-centric thinking to this endeavor. I've got episodes in the works: on the humane hierarchy with Dr. Susan Friedman, the body language of scentwork with Steve White, a fascinating episode on combining thermal imaging and scent detection dogs, and SO MUCH MORE. I really, truly want to thank all of our listeners for the support thus far. I dearly love Canine Conversations and will miss producing it, but my long-term career goals are firmly oriented towards conservation detection dog work. Journey Dog Training will still be here to provide support in the form of phone calls, courses, webinars, and free blogs, but more and more of MY time will focus on conservation detection dog work. To that end, I'm thrilled to announce the launch of the K9 Conservationists nonprofit. We just filed for 501(c)3 status and hope that you'll continue supporting this podcast and the nonprofit through Patreon. This will help us cover the costs of not only this podcast, but also our new field vehicle that lets Barley, Niffler, and I do our important work. Once we've paid off the vehicle, supporters of the nonprofit can expect to help us offer subsidies on our consultant services. That will help us get involved in amazing projects that might not have been able to afford conservation detection dogs otherwise! So with all those announcements out of the way, let's do a quick refresher. What the heck IS a conservation detection dog? How do you get involved? What's the work like? How do you select a dog for this work? We'll cover all of this in much more detail going forward, but I'll get the basics out of the way here. https://www.gofundme.com/f/fund-the-k9-conservationists-field-vehicle-repair?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
27:23
April 13, 2021
61. Goodbyes and Hot Takes
61. Goodbyes and Hot Takes
Ursa is leaving the podcast for new and exciting endeavors. But before she goes, we're tackling a Patreon question and another round of HOT TAKES!  Patron Question Answered: “In episode 34 you talked about using chasing squirrels as a reward for your dogs. Kayla said this made Barely more desperately want to chase squirrels but Marissa said this made Sully’s desire to chase squirrels go down. My dog is veryyyyy excited about squirrels and it is one of the things I’ve been trying to teach her to not lose her doggy mind over since she does not listen to me at all if she sees a squirrel. So basically, would using chasing squirrels as a reward for her impulse control or checking in with me help or with any other dog with a high prey drive? Or do you think any dog who is already extremely excited about squirrels have a reaction similar to Barely? Thanks!” Hot Takes Answered: Using dogs in a way that put them in harm's way (ie military and police dogs, livestock guardian dogs) Training dogs to bite and latch instead of tackle Rough play with humans Which is better? Board and Train or Owner Train Limiting shelter dogs and regulating breeders
01:24:08
April 11, 2021
Shaping vs. Cueing with Hannah Brannigan
Shaping vs. Cueing with Hannah Brannigan
Today we’re talking to Hannah Branigan about cueing versus shaping in your training sessions. Now this might sound a bit nerdy - and it probably will be - but it’s actually really important for novice trainers! I know I personally got stuck on this a lot when I was starting out as a new trainer. And Hannah is EXACTLY who I wanted to talk to about this topic. Hannah is the host of Drinking from the Toilet, one of my favorite training podcasts. She’s also the author of Awesome Obedience and its accompanying field guide. She teaches at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy and runs Wonderpups training. Hannah has a real skill for breaking down training into teenie tiny increments and creating clean loops of training. It’s one of the things I admire about her most.
01:16:28
March 31, 2021
Ep. 60: Life Updates and Hot Takes Part 3
Ep. 60: Life Updates and Hot Takes Part 3
Kayla and Ursa provide updates on their life and play another quick round of hot takes. They take turns pulling a topic from a hat, then they have 3 minutes to give their thoughts on it – then the other person has 2 minutes to add their thoughts. Hot takes covered: Praise based training Head collars Vibration collars
59:33
March 16, 2021
Ep. 59: Conservation Training with Ken Ramirez
Ep. 59: Conservation Training with Ken Ramirez
Discussed in this episode: Creating plans for non-trainer dog handlers Working with clients vs working with conservation problems Elephant migration  Chimpanzee project  Remote conservation vs captive conservation  How to get involved with conservation training Working with detection dogs Using the “all clear procedure” Maintaining enthusiasm in “no find” environments Ensuring the learner has all their needs met Putting the dog first
01:09:41
March 02, 2021
Ep. 58: Hot Takes Part 2
Ep. 58: Hot Takes Part 2
Kayla and Ursa return for another Hot Takes. They take turns pulling a topic from a hat, then they have 3 minutes to give their thoughts on it - then the other person has 2 minutes to add their thoughts. Remember, you can now support the podcast through Patreon for as little as $3/month! Patrons can submit questions, which we’ll answer at the end of each episode. Join the conversation over at patreon.com/canineconvos.
01:08:05
February 16, 2021
Ep. 57: Hot Takes Part 1
Ep. 57: Hot Takes Part 1
Kayla and Ursa try out a new format they're calling Hot Takes. They take turns pulling a topic from a hat, then they have 3 minutes to give their thoughts on it - then the other person has 2 minutes to add their thoughts.
01:06:36
February 02, 2021
Ep. 56: Preparing for a Puppy
Ep. 56: Preparing for a Puppy
Kayla speaks to Rebecca Hintz of Wintegrity K9 in Vacaville CA about deciding where to get a puppy. For the purpose of this episode, we are only comparing getting a dog from a responsible breeder versus a shelter. We are not discussing getting a dog from a pet store, online marketplace, grocery store lot, or backyard breeder because we do not support those venues of puppy acquisition. If you’re unsure how to find a responsible breeder, stay tuned for upcoming episodes.
01:24:10
January 19, 2021
Ep. 55: Meeting Everyone's Needs with Marissa Martino
Ep. 55: Meeting Everyone's Needs with Marissa Martino
In today’s episode, Kayla hopped on the line with Marissa, our former co-host. On the show, we discussed how to provide your dog with the necessary daily enrichment while also taking into consideration what you need from the relationship as a pet parent. We share 6 different ways you can meet your dog’s needs along with a list of questions to consider, inviting you to personalize this content for you and your dog!
01:04:40
January 05, 2021
Ep. 53: Case Study on Madge
Ep. 53: Case Study on Madge
Ursa and Kayla chat about Madge, Kayla's uber-fearful foster dog from earlier this spring. They also get a great update from Madge's new family!
01:13:55
December 15, 2020
Ep. 52: Dominance with Kim Brophey
Ep. 52: Dominance with Kim Brophey
Kayla sits down with Kim Brophy to discuss dominance in dogs and dog training from an ethological lens.
01:11:55
November 30, 2020
Ep. 51: Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Your Dog
Ep. 51: Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Your Dog
Kayla and Ursa discuss management strategies and training solutions to help make holiday gatherings less stressful for you, your dog, and your friends/family.
01:11:39
November 18, 2020
Ep. 50: Behavioral Euthanasia Part 2
Ep. 50: Behavioral Euthanasia Part 2
Kayla and Ursa revisit the difficult topic of behavioral euthanasia.
01:18:09
November 13, 2020
Ep. 49: Ethology with Kim Brophey
Ep. 49: Ethology with Kim Brophey
Kayla chats with Kim Brophey about the study of ethology, and how that creates a different framework with which to look at dog behavior.
01:14:37
October 22, 2020
Ep. 48: Behavioral Euthanasia Part 1
Ep. 48: Behavioral Euthanasia Part 1
Kayla and Ursa discuss the tough topic of behavioral euthanasia  for pet and shelter dogs.
01:15:19
October 06, 2020
Ep. 47: Mythbusting Part 3
Ep. 47: Mythbusting Part 3
Ursa and Kayla tackle MORE dog training myths, including: 1. Greeting a dog after an absence creates separation anxiety 2. You need to always end training sessions on a good note 3. You need to eat first/walk through doors first/not let your dog on furniture or your dog will be alpha 4. You have to support the hierarchy between dogs 5. Aggression to kids = dominance structure 6. Pinch/prong collars are equivalent to corrections from mom
01:08:20
September 22, 2020
Ep. 46: Functional Dog Breeding with Dr. Jessica Hekman
Ep. 46: Functional Dog Breeding with Dr. Jessica Hekman
Kayla sits down with Dr. Jessica Hekman of the Functional Dog Collaborative to talk about breeding dogs for behavioral and physical health. They talk about how the FDC aims to help
01:20:08
September 08, 2020
Ep. 45: Can Dogs be Racist?
Ep. 45: Can Dogs be Racist?
Kayla sits down with Jio and Taylor from Smart Bitch Dog Training, Curtis from Pet Parent Allies, and Allison from Dog Liaison to talk about whether or not dogs can be racist. Canine Conversations has been excited to get this episode out for a while, and we recognize it might be perceived as “late to the party.” I hope that instead we can view it as a continuation of an important discussion that is already fading from the news cycle. I am so grateful to all for joining me when they are so busy!
01:45:48
August 25, 2020
Ep. 44: Aggression in Dogs with Michael Shikashio
Ep. 44: Aggression in Dogs with Michael Shikashio
Kayla talks to Michael Shikashio about the Aggression in Dogs Conference and Michael's new podcast, The Bitey End of the Dog.
40:60
August 11, 2020
Ep. 43: Mythbusting Part Two
Ep. 43: Mythbusting Part Two
Join Marissa, Ursa, and Kayla as they discuss dog training myths including: - Comforting a scared dog teaches the dog to be scared - A single dog training class is all the obedience/training your dog needs - Feeding your dog human food teaches them to beg - Shock collars don’t hurt Marissa also had a special announcement: she is leaving the podcast to start her own podcast, all about dog-human relationships. We’ll miss her and hope to have her back as a frequent guest!
59:02
July 28, 2020
Ep 42: Myth-busting Part 1
Ep 42: Myth-busting Part 1
Join all three of us, Ursa, Kayla, and Marissa discuss common dog training myths and what to do with your dog instead. They discuss topics such as socialization, canine body language, whether or not dogs are doing things out of spite. Check it out!
30:45
July 14, 2020
Ep 41: Is Aggression Ever Really Fixed?
Ep 41: Is Aggression Ever Really Fixed?
In today's episode, we're going to be discussing a very complex and even controversial topic - is aggression ever "fixed"? This is a matter of extensive debate in the dog training world, and a question that looms large in the mind of any pet parent who struggles with a dog that engages in aggressive behavior. When is your training finished? Is it ever finished? How do we determine if aggressive behavior is no longer a concern? Join Kayla, Marissa, and Ursa as we explore this topic!
01:10:49
June 30, 2020
Ep 40: Education and Certifications for Trainers
Ep 40: Education and Certifications for Trainers
Join Kayla and Marissa discuss continuing education opportunities and the importance of certifications. This episode is designed to help support your educational journey and the resources listed below should give you a great place to start!
59:47
June 18, 2020
Ep 39: Exotic Zoo Animals and Dogs!
Ep 39: Exotic Zoo Animals and Dogs!
How does being an exotic animal trainer and zookeeper relate to dog training? Kayla Fratt and Emily Martin discuss how the zoo field has made Emily a better dog trainer, the most challenging animal Emily has ever trained, and much more.
50:28
June 02, 2020
Ep 38: Case Study - Dealing with Anxiety, Fear & Reactivity
Ep 38: Case Study - Dealing with Anxiety, Fear & Reactivity
Today's episode includes Kayla Fratt, of Journey Dog Training, interview her amazing client, Caroline. Caroline reached out to Kayla several months ago to work on her dog's behavior concerns. Sonic is a four-year-old chihuahua with a variety of different anxious and fear behaviors. Marissa Martino, of Paws & Reward, joins the episode to hear about their current behavior modification process and offer another perspective.
01:09:57
May 19, 2020
Ep 37: Separation Anxiety with Erin Jones
Ep 37: Separation Anxiety with Erin Jones
In today’s episode, Kayla sits down with Erin Jones to talk about separation anxiety. Erin wrote an e-book and created a course for Journey Dog Training all about separation anxiety. She’s got a lot of firsthand knowledge, both with clients and personal dogs, on the topic. Join them as they discuss this challenging behavior issue, provide ways to prevent it, and offer tools and insight into the behavior modification process!
46:08
May 05, 2020
Ep 36: Splitting for Successful Training Sessions
Ep 36: Splitting for Successful Training Sessions
A good dog trainer and behavior consultant knows that taking your time and moving at the pace of the animal is the best way to go! It ensures success in the learning process. Join Marissa Martino of Paws & Reward and Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training share creative ways to split steps in your training plans.
47:04
April 21, 2020
Ep 35: Let them Sniff! Scent Enrichment
Ep 35: Let them Sniff! Scent Enrichment
Join Marissa Martino of Paws & Reward Dog Training and Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training discuss one of their favorite topics - scent enrichment! Listen as they discuss why engaging your dog's nose is a great form of mental stimulation, introduce the sport K9 Nosework, and provide you with some DIY scent enrichment activities!
01:00:01
April 07, 2020
Ep 34: Types of Reinforcement for our Dogs
Ep 34: Types of Reinforcement for our Dogs
In today’s episode, Marissa Martino of Paws & Reward and Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training discuss a variety of reinforcements you can offer your dog during training sessions and real-life scenarios. This episode goes beyond treats and gives pet parents a ton of other great, creative ideas to use when reinforcing behavior.
54:43
March 24, 2020
Ep 33: Plenty in Life is Free with Kathy Sdao
Ep 33: Plenty in Life is Free with Kathy Sdao
Marissa Martino of Paws & Reward Dog Training in Boulder, CO interviews Kathy Sdao of Bright Spot Dog Training in WA. In today’s episode, they talk about a very important concept that can make an impact in these 3 areas: Improving your dog’s behavior Improving your behavior when interacting with your dog Enhancing your relationship with your canine companion The concept is called Plenty in Life is Free which may seem contrary to the ever-popular dog training concept: Nothing in Life is Free.
55:02
March 10, 2020
Ep 32: What Should I Do With This Puppy?! With Megan Elizabeth
Ep 32: What Should I Do With This Puppy?! With Megan Elizabeth
Kayla Fratt speaks to Megan Lundberg about puppy socialization and training. Megan works for The Canine Coach running their puppy days school program, meaning she spends most of her working hours caring for, training, and socializing puppies.
58:54
February 25, 2020
Ep 31: Dog Park Design and its Effect on Behavior with Jennifer Berg
Ep 31: Dog Park Design and its Effect on Behavior with Jennifer Berg
Ursa Acree speaks to Jennifer Berg with Oberhund Dog Services in Regina, Saskatchewan. In this episode, they discuss Jennifer’s study on dog park design and how it affects dog behavior - namely, how elements of a dog park can help create or avoid potential dog-dog conflicts. They take a look at some of the flaws in current dog park design, what would make an ideal dog park, and how guardians can change their behavior to make visits more successful.
01:11:36
February 11, 2020
Ep 30: House Training Your Puppy!
Ep 30: House Training Your Puppy!
Join Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training and Marissa Martino of Paws & Reward discuss a puppy house training case and share their ideal house training setup when you bring home a new puppy!
58:10
January 28, 2020
Ep 29: Gut Health with Dr. Angie Krause
Ep 29: Gut Health with Dr. Angie Krause
Join Marissa Martino of Paws & Reward interview Dr. Angie Krause of Boulder Holistic Vet discuss the importance of supporting your dog's gut health for physical and behavioral benefits. Dr. Angie introduces the 5 ways you can support your dog's gut health today!
34:51
January 14, 2020
Ep 28: Breeding dogs and socialization with Danielle Spady and Susanne Shelton PART 2
Ep 28: Breeding dogs and socialization with Danielle Spady and Susanne Shelton PART 2
Join Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training interview Susanne Shelton of Austerlitz German Shepherds and Danielle Spady of Avid Aussies. They discuss neonatal socialization and how important this process is when breeding dogs.
01:26:25
December 31, 2019
Ep 27: Breeding dogs with Danielle Spady and Susanne Shelton PART 1
Ep 27: Breeding dogs with Danielle Spady and Susanne Shelton PART 1
Join Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training interview Susanne Shelton of Austerlitz German Shepherds and Danielle Spady of Avid Aussies. They discuss the ins and outs of breeding dogs!
01:03:14
December 17, 2019
Ep 26: BONUS EPISODE: Compassionate Animal Care, the Buddhist Way with Sarah Beasley
Ep 26: BONUS EPISODE: Compassionate Animal Care, the Buddhist Way with Sarah Beasley
Today’s episode includes Sarah Beasley, author of Kindness for All Creatures: Buddhist Advice for Compassionate Animal Care.  Join us as we discuss the impetus for the book, dive into topics such as why dogs are special, how compassion and the training process can work hand in hand and the process of taking care of your pet through the lens of Buddhist teachings.
31:41
December 13, 2019
Ep 25: The Fallout of Punishment
Ep 25: The Fallout of Punishment
Most of our listeners know that Ursa, Kayla and Marissa are all positive reinforcement trainers, meaning they stay far away from punishment at all costs. They would prefer to teach your dog what to do instead of the problematic behavior. Listen as Marissa and Kayla walk you through the 6 reasons to not punish your dog and why your relationship depends on it!
43:26
December 03, 2019
Ep 24: Drink With Your Dog! With Amber Quann
Ep 24: Drink With Your Dog! With Amber Quann
Join Kayla from Journey Dog Training interview Amber Quann of Summit Dog training in Fort Collins, CO. Amber has been training dogs for 17 years. She is passionate about getting people and their dogs out having wonderful adventures together. Recently, this passion turned into the Drink With Your Dog Project, which is all about education for dog owners, breweries, and dog trainers about creating more brewery-friendly dogs and dog-friendly breweries.
43:06
November 19, 2019
Ep 23: Choosing the Perfect Dog!
Ep 23: Choosing the Perfect Dog!
Join Marissa, Kayla and Ursa discuss the process of choosing a dog, introduce topics to consider and learn how they chose their loved ones!
01:02:03
November 05, 2019
Ep 22: What Would Dr. Pachel Say? Working with clients!
Ep 22: What Would Dr. Pachel Say? Working with clients!
Today’s episode includes Marissa Martino and the amazing Dr. Chris Pachel, board certified veterinary behaviorist. In the last episode they joked about releasing an app called: What would Dr. Pachel say? They're not releasing an app but they are sharing the next best thing, a podcast episode! In this episode, Marissa presents several common scenarios that most trainers and behavior consultants face in their private practices and then Dr. Pachel shares how he would handle it!
01:13:18
October 22, 2019
Ep 21: Outnumbered! Living in a Multi-Dog Household
Ep 21: Outnumbered! Living in a Multi-Dog Household
So you’re considering adding another dog to your household - or maybe you already have a crowd. In addition to more love, cuddles, and cute photos, living with multiple dogs can also come with extra hair, extra poop, and extra expense - in addition to a host of other challenges. If you’ve been wondering about - or struggling with - a multi-dog household, join Kayla and Ursa discuss some common pitfalls and how to minimize them.
47:40
October 07, 2019
Ep 20: Crossover Training with Janee Moore
Ep 20: Crossover Training with Janee Moore
Join Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training, interview Janee Moore, owner of Boise Dog Sports in Boise, Idaho. In this episode, Janee and Kayla talk about crossover training. A so-called crossover trainer is generally described as someone who started their dog training career using all of the tools available to them, but now relies much more heavily on positive reinforcement and environmental management rather than punishment.
53:41
September 23, 2019
Ep 19: Top 5 behaviors we would teach every dog!
Ep 19: Top 5 behaviors we would teach every dog!
Join Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training, Ursa Acree, Co-owner of Canis Major Dog Training and Marissa Martino of Paws & Reward Dog Training discuss the top 5 behaviors they would teach every dog! They each wrote down their top 5 and then shared the results live on the podcast!
56:36
September 09, 2019
Ep 18: Working with a Veterinary Behaviorist with Dr. Chris Pachel
Ep 18: Working with a Veterinary Behaviorist with Dr. Chris Pachel
Join Marissa Martino as she interviews the amazing Dr. Chris Pachel! They discuss what a veterinarian behaviorist is, what the process is when working with one and how to incorporate the dog's existing care team: trainers and veterinarians. Sometimes, it truly takes a village!
01:05:52
August 26, 2019
Ep 17: BONUS EPISODE: Kayla Moves to Montana to work for Workings Dogs for Conservation
Ep 17: BONUS EPISODE: Kayla Moves to Montana to work for Workings Dogs for Conservation
Join the 3 of us as we gab and gush about Kayla's new job: Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Working Dogs for Conservation! We talk about the mission of the organization, what it takes to train a great working dog and Kayla's upcoming move to Montana!
26:24
August 14, 2019
Ep 16: Street Dogs with Michael Shikashio
Ep 16: Street Dogs with Michael Shikashio
Join Kayla Fratt and Michael Shikashio discuss the behavior of street dogs. Find out how their behavior might be different (and the same) from the dogs we share our beds with!
55:59
August 12, 2019
Ep 15: "Drive" Myths with Sarah Dixon
Ep 15: "Drive" Myths with Sarah Dixon
In this episode, Kayla talks to Sarah Dixon about the concept of drive in dogs. Sarah is the president of the board of the International Association of Animal Behavior. She works at Instinct Dog Training in New York City.
57:11
July 29, 2019
Ep 14: The Great Outdoors with Pine Irwin
Ep 14: The Great Outdoors with Pine Irwin
In today’s episode, Kayla and Pine talk about heading outdoors with their dogs. Our guest, Pine Irwin of Irwin Dog Training, specializes in outdoor adventures. She teaches private lessons and leads a group that is all focused on helping dogs excel in the outdoors, from backpacking to shorter hikes. They talk all about safety and benefits of off-leash (and on-leash) hiking with our dogs.
01:04:31
July 15, 2019
Ep 13: Discover Online Dog Training
Ep 13: Discover Online Dog Training
In this episode, we’re talking about how remote or online dog training works. Kayla runs JourneyDogTraining.com, where she works exclusively with people online and remotely. Join Kayla and Marissa discuss the pros and cons of this approach.
43:50
July 01, 2019
Ep 12: Common Treat Training Problems & How to Fix Them
Ep 12: Common Treat Training Problems & How to Fix Them
Join Marissa Martino and Ursa Acree discuss the the common problems pet owners run into when using food rewards during training. They walk through the 8 problems in detail and offer solutions to support your training process!
45:55
June 17, 2019
Ep 11: Answering Listener Questions #1
Ep 11: Answering Listener Questions #1
In this episode, Kayla Fratt from Journey Dog Training covers five different Listener Questions about all sorts of dog behavior questions, including a dog is unfocused and lungey on walks, a dog who’s scared of the sound of coughing, a service dog prospect who’s scared of kids, and more.
27:13
June 03, 2019
Ep 10: What Behavior Consultants can Learn from Agility Trainers -  with Sarah Stremming
Ep 10: What Behavior Consultants can Learn from Agility Trainers - with Sarah Stremming
Kayla Fratt speaks to Sarah Stremming, owner of The Cognitive Canine and instructor at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. They discuss the similarities and differences between working on “worked up” sport dog cases and over-aroused pet dogs. Sarah also shares some of her favorite tips for helping dogs calm down when needed.
47:54
May 20, 2019
Ep 9: A Discussion on the "No Kill" Movement
Ep 9: A Discussion on the "No Kill" Movement
Join Ursa, Kayla and Marissa discuss the pitfalls of the "No Kill" movement in animal shelters. Ursa, Kayla, and Marissa all have animal sheltering experience and can speak to this movement from behind the scenes. They share their own experience, what they would like to see for all shelters and the animals in their care.
01:03:06
May 06, 2019
Ep 8: Mechanics Matter - with Emily Strong
Ep 8: Mechanics Matter - with Emily Strong
Join Marissa Martino as she interviews dog trainer, Emily Strong of Beaks to Barks and First Train Home. Emily shares the 4 teaching strategies she uses when helping people train their dogs more efficiently! This is a great episode for dog owners and dog trainers!
45:24
April 22, 2019
Ep 7: How Medical Concerns Affect Behavior with Dr. Jennifer Summerfield
Ep 7: How Medical Concerns Affect Behavior with Dr. Jennifer Summerfield
Join Marissa Martino as she interviews Dr. Jennifer Summerfield, a dog trainer, veterinarian extraordinaire! Dr. Jennifer Summerfield discusses how medical concerns can affect your dog's behavior.
42:24
April 08, 2019
Ep 6: Deepening your Relationship with your Dog PART 2
Ep 6: Deepening your Relationship with your Dog PART 2
Join author Marissa Martino of Human-Canine Behavior Connection discuss her book and the 6 relationship building principles necessary to enhance your relationship and training with your best friend! Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training interviews Marissa while also sharing her relationship experiences with Barley, her high drive, goofy border collie! This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
49:28
March 25, 2019
Ep 5: Deepening your Relationship with your Dog PART 1
Ep 5: Deepening your Relationship with your Dog PART 1
Join author Marissa Martino of Human-Canine Behavior Connection discuss her book and the 6 relationship building principles necessary to enhance your relationship and training with your best friend! Kayla Fratt of Journey Dog Training interviews Marissa while also sharing her relationship experiences with Barley, her high drive, goofy border collie! This is Part 1 of a two-part series.
48:22
March 11, 2019
Ep 4: A Case Study on Dog/Cat Introductions
Ep 4: A Case Study on Dog/Cat Introductions
Join Ursa and Kayla as they discuss a case study from Kayla's private practice, Journey Dog Training. The case study involves Checkers, the cat, and Bella, the dog, and how Kayla helped them live more harmoniously together!
55:14
February 25, 2019
Ep 3: Preventing Reactivity and Aggression
Ep 3: Preventing Reactivity and Aggression
Join Marissa Martino and Kayla Fratt unpack how they prevent canine reactivity and aggression with their own dogs and the tools they use to support their clients!
34:04
February 11, 2019
Ep 2: 5 Things Trainers do Differently than Pet Parents
Ep 2: 5 Things Trainers do Differently than Pet Parents
Joins Ursa, Marissa and Kayla discuss the 5 things they do with their dogs that may be different than how most pet parents engage with their 4 legged friends. Enjoy a day in the life of these 3 trainers, getting concepts and exercises that you can implement right away!
55:44
February 11, 2019
Ep 1: Meet the Canine Conversations Crew!
Ep 1: Meet the Canine Conversations Crew!
Welcome to the Canine Conversations Podcast: where we’re positively obsessed with behavior. Join certified dog trainers as we discuss case studies, explore training concepts, and interview experts in the field of behavior. The hosts of this show include Marissa Martino, owner of Paws and Reward Dog Training in Boulder, CO, Ursa Acree, a co-owner of Canis Major Dog Training in Denver, CO, and lastly, Kayla Fratt, the owner of Journey Dog Training, a remote, online business.
24:59
February 08, 2019