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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.

K9 Conservationists Kayla Fratt

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    • 4.8 • 81 Ratings

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.

    Sourcing Shelter Dogs with Katie Brennan (Part 2 of 2)

    Sourcing Shelter Dogs with Katie Brennan (Part 2 of 2)

    In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla is back with Katie Brennan for part two about sourcing shelter dogs for work.

    Links Mentioned in the Episode:

    Where to find Katie: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Recruitment

    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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    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

    • 1 hr 11 min
    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

    • 1 hr 27 min
    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

    • 1 hr 31 min
    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

    • 1 hr 31 min
    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

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Welderaf ,

Big thumbs up!

I’m so grateful for Kayla and many other guests she had on her podcast. This helped me with many different topics with two different dogs and it is truly educational and fun to listen to! Keep up the good work Kayla!

sodapop forever ,

So grateful to have found this podcast!

So I have been intrigued by the idea of “Canine Conservation” for a few years, but struggled to find much info available to the general public. I could find professional Canine Conservation companies online who offered their scientific services for hire, but I did not know where to look to learn more. I had searched podcasts several times but I must not have been not putting in the correct search terms. Luckily, I came across Kayla Fratt’s K9 Conservationists podcast and have had a hard time it turning off! I have learned so much and I am so grateful that she has taken the time and energy to share her love and knowledge of this intriguing topic. The episodes are quite informative and Kayla also manages to keep them light and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone is interested in wildlife conservation or anyone who is interested in the fascinating world of working dogs.

KNJohnson ,

Love the show!

This is one of my favorite podcasts! The host is very thoughtful and interviews a variety of interesting guests. But the thing I like most is that the topics are quite varied, from training to ecology to safety issues to how to grow the field of conservation dog work and more.

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