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

K9 Conservationists is hosted by Kayla Fratt, CDBC and founder of K9 Conservationists. She trains dogs to detect data and lives with 2 working border collies, Barley and Niffler. Support the work we do at patreon.com/canineconvos.

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

K9 Conservationists is hosted by Kayla Fratt, CDBC and founder of K9 Conservationists. She trains dogs to detect data and lives with 2 working border collies, Barley and Niffler. Support the work we do at patreon.com/canineconvos.

    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

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    • 22 min
    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.

    • 48 min
    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


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    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


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    • 53 min
    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


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    • 48 min
    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

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    • 1 hr 22 min

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