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

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.


Davy

Black and tan dog stands before a tree, facing right with his nose high in the air.

Davy came to CK9 in March 2019. He’s loving his new job and pack.


Jasper

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.


Eba

Eba, the personal pet pup of researcher Giles, has decided she’s all about that boat life. She’s our newest whale scat sniffing snout and doing great!


Aladar

Brown lab dog with it's tongue out sits surrounded by green shrubbery

Aladar came to CK9 from National Search Dog Foundation in California. He’s loving life in the woods!

 

 


Mac

White and brown dog appears to smile with his mouth open while sitting in the forest undergrowth.

Mac came to CK9 in the summer of 2019 directly from his previous home. His high energy and insatiable desire to play makes him the perfect CK9.

 


Meet the Retired Pack