Center for Conservation Biology

Active Conservation Canines

The ideal scat detection dog is extremely energetic with an excessive play drive. They will work happily and eagerly all day long, motivated by the expectation of a ball reward given only upon sample detection. The dogs’ fixation with the ball drives them to work 4-6 hours a day in the field.

The obsessive, high-energy personalities of scat detection dogs also make them difficult to maintain as family pets. A well-intended home placement often results in the dogs’ subsequent return to the shelter facing euthanasia. Here, these dogs find purpose and adventure. They become celebrated heroes.



Casey, a Jack Russell terrier, wears a hiking vest and dog booties pants and lays down in a field with a ball beside him

Casey was rescued from Kitsap Humane Society in 2008. After field seasons searching for Pacific pocket mouse, wolverine and more, Casey has enjoyed a second career as a CK9 ambassador visiting classrooms and participating in speaking events.


Little black and tan dog with his tongue hanging out, stands in the snow with a ball at his feet.

Davy came to CK9 in spring 2019 from Kennewick WA. He is currently in training, showing lots of potential.



A black lab sits on the lawn in front of a brick university building

Jasper joined the pack April 2019 from the Lacey Animal Shelter and is currently in training. 





Meet the Retired Pack