Captain's Story

Back in 2012, Captain came to our program wide-eyed and frantic. His owners adored their beloved pup, but knew he required a lot of exercise and time in the outdoors to relieve his stress, so they brought him to us. He quickly showed his abilities to work in any environment and with any handler. From the frozen expanse of Banff National Park to the harsh climate of Turkey, Captain has seen and done it all. His endless energy makes him a tough working dog who can trek for miles and miles without stop. This year alone, Captain worked on three different studies examining cougar populations in three different states. At just eight years old, Captain has many years to come as a detection dog. He brightens everyone's day with his goofy grin and excitement. We're so happy Captain came to join our pack!

Scenes From The Field



Species Currently Trained On:

  • Wolverine
  • Moose
  • Woodland caribou
  • White-tailed deer
  • Roe deer
  • Gray wolf
  • Brown bear
  • Caucasian lynx
  • Leopard
  • Wild boar
  • European badger
  • Pine marten
  • Stone marten
  • Bat and bird carcasses


A program of the University of Washington's Center For Conservation Biology

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