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"The researchers who work with these animals all have stories of their astonishing focus.
There's Sadie, now retired, whose owner put a ball on top of the refrigerator and came back nine hours later to find her still staring up at it. Another dog, working in Africa, sat by a pile of cheetah scat as a herd of gazelles stampeded around him. In Brazil, a dog named Gator was sitting next to a sample when he started hopping to one side, a few feet at a time. It turned out the tiny bit of scat he had found was being carried away by leaf-cutter ants."
— Sierra Magazine
"With just one whiff, a trained scat-detection dog can find feces from animals ranging from giant anteaters to Pacific pocket mice. And there’s one place responsible for more of these super-sniffers than anywhere else: The Conservation Canines program at the University of Washington."
"Reading the dogs is what the handlers of Conservation Canines do best.
Whether it is on a boat or on land searching out the pellets of endangered spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest, or the scent marks of cheetahs on the savannah, or the scat of jaguars in the jungles of Mexico, the handlers know when a dog is on a scent and must keep up with them as they zero in on the target."
— Mother Nature Network
"The detection probability for northern spotted owls was 87 percent after three searches by the dogs compared to 59 percent after six vocalization surveys following U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protocols, nearly 30 percent better."
— Science Daily
A small sampling of our press coverage:
National Wildlife Magazine: Sniff and Seek: Dogs’ amazing sense of smell helps scientists answer tough conservation questions
National Geographic Books: Loyal: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism and the Devotion of Dogs
Pet Connection Magazine: Conservation Canines: Hometown Heroes Make Worldwide Impact
1889 Washington's Magazine: Conservation Canines Gives Shelter Dogs A Second Chance
Washington Post: How dogs use smell to see — and save — the world
Smithsonian: Meet the dogs sniffing out whale poop for science
Mother Nature Network: These misfit shelter dogs find careers saving endangered species
Sierra Magazine: Conservation dogs sniff out endangered species
Mother Nature Network: 5 ways dogs are used for species conservation
Popular Mechanics- South Africa: Poop-Detecting Pooches aid Endangered Species
Mongabay Wild Tech: The tech-noses of the wildlife conservation world
Charlesbridge Publishing: Poop Detectives: Working Dogs in the Field
The Spokesman-Review: Scat-sniffing dogs unleashing wildlife science
National Forest Foundation: Sniffing out Wolverine Dens on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Smithsonian: How Elephant Poop is Helping Nab Ivory Poachers
The Wall Street Journal: Seafaring dog follows an elusive whale trail
HMH Books for Young Readers: Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World
The Wall Street Journal: Seafaring Dog Follows an Elusive Whale Trail
KRQE- New Mexico News: Dog sniffs out threatened salamander
San Juan Islander: Going to bat for the bats: a pilot study of the bats of the San Juan Islands
The Nature Conservancy: Shelter Dogs Come to the Rescue for Rare Salamanders
The Nature Conservancy: Conservation Canines
Healthy Pets: Dogs Help Scientists Monitor Endangered Species
BBC Two: Killer Whale Sniffer Dog
Scientific American: Can Endangered Animals Coexist with Big Ag
Mother Nature Network: Rescue dogs sniff out endangered species
New York Times: Tracking a subtle scent, a dog may help save the whales
Public Radio International: Scientists turn to dogs to track, protect endangered animals
Los Angeles Times: Canada responds to caribou decline with plan to kill wolves
The Bark: Conservation Dogs Work for Wildlife
The New York Times: Canine Conservationists on the Move
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